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Google RCS on Android is coming soon: What you’ll opt-into

Google RCS on Android is coming soon: What you’ll opt-into

Rich communication services (RCS), the replacement for SMS and MMS, has been slow to arrive on Android phones, but that's about to change. In light of the slow carrier response to the technology, Google is taking over RCS deployment on Android devices and will soon give users the option to opt into its own RCS Chat services.

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Google Hangouts shutdown plans start messaging controversy

Google Hangouts shutdown plans start messaging controversy

Google is preparing to shut down Hangouts for consumers, though there's controversy over when that will happen and what alternative existing users will be migrated to. The chat app was launched back in 2013, itself a replacement to three different messaging products which Google had been operating.

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SMS two-factor authentication is unsafe – Use these instead

SMS two-factor authentication is unsafe – Use these instead

The revelation of Google’s Titan security key has put the spotlight on a long-existing but not widely adopted technology: physical keys that open the doors to your digital life. FIDO-compatible security keys, strange as they may seem, is just the latest attempt to solve one of the biggest threats to digital security: passwords. But while two-factor authentication is finally gaining a bit of traction, thanks to services enforcing it, they are unfortunately using the least secure medium of all: text messages.

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Android Messages for Web: here’s how to set it up

Android Messages for Web: here’s how to set it up

Google’s messaging message is an utter mess but it hasn’t yet given up trying to get it right. After the failure of Google Allo, the tech giant has poured its resources into Android Messages, making it the be all and end all of Android-based messaging. At least for now. The latest piece in that puzzle is Messages for Web, pretty much the parallel of Allo for Web. If you want to be able to send and read your messages on any web browser, even while you’re phone lies a few feet away, follow these simple steps. But be warned, things aren’t as convenient as they sound.

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Android Messages for web goes live today

Android Messages for web goes live today

Android Messages for web is launching today, bringing the chat service another step closer to rivaling Apple's iMessage. Desktop support, Google says, is one of the most requested features for Messages, and as you'd expect from the company it has looked straight to the browser to deliver it.

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Android Messages for Web setup process is nearly complete

Android Messages for Web setup process is nearly complete

Google might be criticized for having a confusing array of messaging services but it is at least doing one thing right. It is giving most of them equal features so you won't have to be jealous over another service or app. Then again, that could also make choosing between them even harder. Now that Allo for Web is a thing, it seems that Google is putting its focus on bringing that same convenience to SMS-based Android Messages. And judging by the functionality already in the Android app, it could come any time now.

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Happy 25th birthday, text messaging!

Happy 25th birthday, text messaging!

There are just some inventions that are so disruptive and so pioneering that it changed history forever. Inventions like the wheel, electricity, the Internet, and, of course, text messaging. Nowadays, most markets take for granted this almost ancient way of communicating with text using mobile phones, but the first text message, which was sent 25 years ago to date, started the ball rolling that would influence many of the trends we also take for granted today.

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Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Is every new Samsung flagship cursed to have a major fiasco? While not as explosive, pun totally intended, as the Galaxy Note 7, it seems that something is amiss with the otherwise commendable Galaxy S8 and S8+. Owners across different carriers in the US are reporting cases of "missing" text messages. On the one hand, it's unlikely to cause physical harm (unless you violently hurl the phone at someone). But, on the other hand, the bug is a serious issue for concern, especially when emergency cases are involved.

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Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

And so the Google messaging circus continues. Google has quite a few messaging apps, and some of them overlap with each other and the biggest offender is probably Hangouts. What would have been Google's main, or only, messaging platform supports chat, voice, video, and SMS, but soon it will have one less feature. According to a post on Reddit, Google will be removing carrier SMS support in May, forcing users, at least on Android, to migrate to another app, maybe Google's newly renamed "Android Messages" app.

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Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Do you use iMessage stickers? Did you even remember they existed? One of the most fanfared features of iOS 10 was the ability to slap zany little graphics and cartoons into your blue bubble conversations, but the launch of the iMessage App Store was swiftly overshadowed by the platform's other talents.

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Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google announced today that they were one step closer to "delivering RCS messaging to Android users worldwide." To this end, they've tapped into partnerships with Orange, Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile), and Globe. These companies are officially "committed to launching RCS messaging powered by the Jibe RCS cloud from Google and will be preloading Android Messages as the standard native messaging app for their subscribers."

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Amazon Echo will soon be able to send texts for AT&T subscribers

Amazon Echo will soon be able to send texts for AT&T subscribers

Starting tomorrow, the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot will be able to send text messages on the behalf of AT&T subscribers, making the entire texting process hands-free. AT&T plans to launch the Alexa skill on Friday, calling it the AT&T Send Message skill. According to the carrier, it is the first of its kind to let Alexa device owners send a text from their phone number to someone in their contacts using one of the Echo models.

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