Tag Archive: Messages


Google to evolve Android Messages into ‘Chat’ using RCS, pause Allo development

This may finally be the one Google chat service that works.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Google has a plan to launch a unified messaging system. Right, it’s done this what feels like a dozen times before — but the reality is it’s been like half a dozen, and that’s still bad. Google Talk, Google Voice, Google+ Huddles, Hangouts, Allo … yeah, not a set of successes right there. The latest attempt, according to a  [Read More…]

Instagram will soon let you download your photos, videos, and messages

More details will be announced “very soon.”

Over the course of nearly 8 years and 800+ million subscribers, Instagram’s become the go-to social network for sharing photos and videos of whatever’s going on in your life. Later this year, the app will finally allow users to download offline copies of their data.

Similar to the “Download Your Information” feature that Facebook introduced in 2010, this would enable Instagram users to save offline copies of their photos, videos,  [Read More…]

Facebook kept logs of calls and messages on Android phones, and followed the rules to do it

The creepy factor is high, but this is one of those things we have to take a little bit of responsibility for.

Facebook is in the news right now. Perhaps you’ve heard. The social network is currently under extreme scrutiny for the way it has been both gathering and handling user data, wearing away at what was already a frayed trust of the gigantic company. The latest surprise, coming from people downloading their cache of Facebook data, has been  [Read More…]

Businesses can now send RCS texts to Android Messages users

Launching first in the U.S. and Mexico.

We’re expecting Google to go all-in with Android Messages later this year to turn it into a true iMessage competitor, but until that day, folks in the U.S. and Mexico are getting a small treat of what’s to come. Thanks to Google’s never-ending push of Rich Communication Services (or RCS), businesses can now tap into this to offer more engaging experiences.

Instead of sending bland SMS texts, companies  [Read More…]

Android Messages is Google’s best chance to compete with iMessage

After years of trial and error, all the pieces are in place for Android Messages to be a legitimate alternative to iMessage.

To say that Google’s had trouble creating and maintaining a messaging service to truly compete with iMessage would be the understatement of the century. We’ve seen countless attempts in the form of Hangouts, Allo, Duo, Android Messages, and others trying to offer the same experience that attracts and holds so many people within Apple’s ecosystem.  [Read More…]

Google prepares to turn Android Messages into a true iMessage competitor

A desktop client, texting over Wi-Fi, making payments to businesses, and more is in the works.

In the great debate of Android vs. iOS, one thing that iPhone users often tout is that they can’t imagine switching to a Galaxy Note 8 or Pixel 2 because Android doesn’t have iMessage. While Apple will likely never add an iMessage app to the Play Store, it looks like Google may be taking matters into its own hands.

The folks  [Read More…]

How to track, star, and delete messages with WhatsApp for Android

Sending messages is easy, but what do you with them after the fact?

Sure, sending messages is great, but how do you know the recipient is even reading them? What if you want to save some special messages for later? What is someone is throwing shade and you want to delete that nasty message? WhatsApp has some useful ways of getting these jobs done!

How to check the status of your sent message in WhatsApp How to  [Read More…]

Android users can now ask Alexa to send SMS messages

Google, the ball is in your court.

When it comes to smart speakers, your two best options lie with ones powered by the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Each platform has its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but Amazon just got a nice lead over Google with support for sending SMS messages.

If you own an Echo or another Alexa-powered speaker, saying “Alexa, send a message” will now let you send SMS messages from your  [Read More…]

Android Messages picks up Allo’s Smart Replies feature

Smart Replies, one of Google Allo’s most notable features, is now finding a new home in Android Messages.

Although Google Allo may not have a user base as large as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, it has some of my favorite features of any messaging platform – one of which is Smart Replies. Smart Replies are those little bubbles under your Allo conversations that let you send off automated responses with just the tap of a button, and they’re now  [Read More…]

How to back up and restore text messages on Android

How do I back up and restore text messages on Android?

Backing up text messages on Android isn’t part of Google’s cloud service, mainly because Google isn’t in the text messaging business.

But if you want to make sure you never lose texts again — whether by mistake or when switching over to a different device — here’s how to do it, using an app appropriately called SMS Backup & Restore by SyncTech Pty Ltd.

How to  [Read More…]