Tag Archive: Messages


Google may finally add message reactions to its Messages app this year

The app may also let users doodle on images before sending them, similar to Google Duo.

What you need to know An APK teardown has revealed that Google is working on adding message reactions to its Messages app. Google Messages is likely to gain a new doodling feature as well. Both new features will likely be rolled out to users sometime later this year.

Google’s Messages app, with its easy-to-use interface and RCS support, is one of  [Read More…]

Here’s how you can finally use RCS chat with Samsung’s Messages app

The rollout of RCS messaging features has been a slow and frustrating process for all Android users. Then, Google decided to hop on the bandwagon and give just about everyone access to RCS through its own Messages app. Still, Samsung has lagged behind due in part to different carriers dragging their feet. Today, we’re taking a look at how you can set up RCS chat with the Samsung Messages app — provided that your carrier has enabled it.

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Apple engineers have a proposal to standardize 2FA messages

It could prevent users from accidentally entering their code on a phishing site with the wrong URL…

What you need to know Apple engineers have unveiled a proposal to standardize the format of two-factor authentication. It has suggested the use of a new SMS format for one-time-passcode messages. The new format would include the website the code is meant for, information that could be automatically extracted by a browser or app.

Apple WebKit engineers have unveiled a  [Read More…]

Floating conversation bubbles might be coming soon to Google Messages

Bubbles will give an on-screen floating notification, much like Facebook Messenger.

What you need to know The Bubbles feature was first seen in Android 10 Beta 2 on Pixels. Currently, the feature can be enabled within the Developer Options on Android 10 devices. Bubbles can be enabled and disabled within the Google Messages app notification settings.

Google apps have been getting a fair number of updates as of late, and Google Messages is no different. Shortly after  [Read More…]

WhatsApp could soon let Android users send ‘self-destructing’ messages

The “Delete Messages” feature was previously named “Disappearing Messages.”

What you need to know The latest WhatsApp beta version for Android includes a new “Delete Messages” feature. Currently under development, the feature will allow users to send messages that will automatically be deleted after a set period of time. Since it hasn’t been enabled yet, you will not be able to try out the feature even if you install the latest WhatsApp beta on your phone.

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Have you enabled RCS chat in Google Messages?

Time to chat with the AC forums.

Yesterday, November 14, was an exciting day for the state of messaging on Android. At long last, Google flipped the switch and began rolling out its RCS chat functionality for everyone in the U.S. — regardless of what phone or carrier you have.

RCS brings a heap of features to the Google Messages app, including typing indicators, better group chats, high-quality photo sharing, and more.

Looking through the AC forums,  [Read More…]

Google adds RCS to Android Messages app for all US users

Google on Thursday announced that it has begun deploying Google-operated RCS for its Messages app for Android. The feature will be “broadly” available to Android users by the end of 2019.

Similar to Apple’s iMessage, RCS lets Android users send and receive high-resolution photos and videos as well as see if recipients have read your message.

When you and your friends message each other with these chat features, you can chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, send and receive high-resolution  [Read More…]

Weird glitch caused Valentine’s Day text messages to be sent 9 months later

The “bug” affected users on several different carriers as well as devices.

What you need to know Several users in the U.S. received old text messages on their phones overnight due to a buggy “maintenance update.” Majority of the messages were originally sent on or around Valentine’s Day. The delayed text messages were sent from and received by users across all the four major U.S. carriers.

Thousands of people across the U.S. were left confused late Wednesday  [Read More…]

Android Messages for web gains Duo video call integration

Video calls placed from Messages for web will be started by Duo for web.

What you need to know The Messages for web client now offers integration with Google Duo. To place a video call from Messages for web, all you need to do is select a conversation or click on “Start chat” and then click “Video call.” Google had added Duo calling integration to the Messages app on Android in November 2017.

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Huawei employees caught intercepting messages to spy for Ugandan government

Huawei execs apparently didn’t know this was going on.

What you need to know Some Huawei employees were caught intercepting messages for African governments. The messages were used to spy on political opponents in Uganda and Zambia. Huawei executives were apparently unaware that this was taking place.

Huawei has faced a lot of criticism over the last year regarding its potential security threat to certain countries around the globe, and thanks to a new report from The  [Read More…]