Tag Archive: Messages


Nine apps to block spam calls and text messages in Android

Spam calls or messages or even spam emails are some of the things we all hate and wish we never have to handle them or even receive them in the first place. While blocking spam emails is relatively easy and could be avoided by simply keeping our email ids confidential, it is not as easy to avoid spam calls or text messages.

Because you might get spam or an advertising call from anyone ranging from telemarketers, unknown callers, scammers or even  [Read More…]

Android Messages Will Soon Get Allo-Style Google Assistant

The writing has been on the wall for some time that Google Assistant might be headed for Android Messages. With Mt. View deciding to kill Allo last year it really seemed like only a matter of time before this happened, and today Google has announced that Assistant integration with Messages will be coming in the next few months.

First, let’s start with Google isn’t going to be reading your text messages. At least no more than they already are with its  [Read More…]

Double SMS Messages on Android Auto? Here’s how to fix it

Android Auto has been a great addition to the Google portfolio. It has allowed the company to expand its platforms to a whole new field of consumer products. Auto also expands Google’s push of its in-house AI initiative behind Google Assistant. However, Android Auto is not without some bumps in the road.

You see, Android Auto is obviously designed to be mainly used with Google’s own product lineup of software. It has Google Maps, Messages, and Play Music tightly integrated  [Read More…]

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…]