Tag Archive: Messages


Best SMS alternatives for Android Messages

The Android Messages app from Google is a great resource to stay in touch with all the folks you care about via SMS. However, it may not be for everyone. Maybe you don’t care for the new Material Theme. Or you just want to venture out and try new things. Either way, we’ve put together a short list of SMS apps that might be worth an install.

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Freedom Mobile is rolling out RCS support for Android Messages

You’ll need to be running Android 5.0 or later with Android Messages v3.6 or newer.

Since iMessage won’t be coming to Android anytime soon, Google’s been hard at work to build up its own version of the popular messaging service using RCS technology and its excellent Android Messages app. On Thursday, October 11, Freedom Mobile announced that it’s now rolling out RCS features for its subscribers.

If you’re on Freedom Mobile and use Android Messages, this means  [Read More…]

SpamResponse review: A simple way to report spam text messages

Smartphones are a blessing when it comes to keeping in touch with your loved ones, but some calls and texts are definitely not welcome. Mobile SMS spam appears to be on the rise these days, and tracking down the spammers is about as easy as finding a unicorn in the wild.

Fortunately, the Android app ecosystem provides numerous apps that come to the rescue in such situations. One example is SpamResponse, a simple app for reporting unwanted messages.

Tired of  [Read More…]

Android Messages tips and tricks you need to know

There are so many different messaging platforms these days, it’s sometimes to keep up with the latest announcements. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram – these are just a few examples.

But there’s one messaging platform that still works on every single phone out there and that’s SMS/text messaging. Unfortunately, many of the default SMS apps that are pre-loaded on phones are often not that good. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives out there starting with Google’s own  [Read More…]

RCS features will work between Android Messages and Samsung Messages users

Typing indicators, read receipts, and more will work seamlessly on both apps.

RCS, the new messaging standard that Google’s working on to replace SMS, just got new backing from one of the world’s largest companies — Samsung.

In a press release published on September 12, it was announced that RCS features will continue to work like normal even if two people are communicating between Android Messages and Samsung Messages. Such features include typing indicators, better group chat  [Read More…]

Google pulling Android Messages update is a breach of trust

Google recently pushed an update out that brought its new Material Theme and dark UI to Android Messages. Users were happy to see this new version of the app hit their phones. Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived. Less than 48 hours after the update, Google pulled the new UI back with no explanation via a server-side regression.

Downgrading a new version of an app isn’t uncommon. Developers find small bugs after the fact all the time and recommend users  [Read More…]

Skype Preview for Android will soon relay SMS messages from your PC and Mac

You’ll soon be able to send and receive SMS messages on your Android phone via Skype for desktop.

Skype is making a bid to be your texting app of choice with its latest preview update. The Skype Preview app for Android has been updated with a new “SMS Connect” feature that will let you send and receive SMS messages from the Skype app on your PC or Mac (via Windows Blog Italia).

Unfortunately, while the  [Read More…]

Android Messages gets new Material Theme UI and dark mode with 3.5 update

DARK. MODE. IS. HERE.

Android Messages is one of the best texting apps on the Play Store, and with the new v3.5 update that’s rolling out now, it’s about to get even better.

Similar to Tasks, News, and Contacts, v3.5 refreshes Android Messages UI to match Google’s new Material Theme aesthetic. This means that a lot of Android Messages’ colorful accent colors have been replaced by even more white and the in-app text now uses the Google  [Read More…]

How to block businesses from sending you messages on WhatsApp

WhatsApp’s business accounts are here to stay, but there’s an easy way to block them.

WhatsApp rolled out business accounts last year as a way to monetize its platform. With business accounts, companies can send you messages about everything from service updates, ticket confirmations, transaction-related information, and much more. The goal with business accounts is to move the conversation from SMS — where these updates were sent previously — to WhatsApp, and promote interaction between customers and  [Read More…]

How to back up and restore your WhatsApp messages with Google Drive

Wanna hold on to all of your WhatsApp messages? Save ’em! Switching phones? Take ’em with you!

Maybe you like to use WhatsApp for work because it’s free and easy to use. Maybe it’s just a convenient way to keep in touch with friends. Either way, you probably have some pretty important messages and media in there, and it’d be a shame if it all suddenly disappeared. That’s why it’s a great idea to back up your  [Read More…]