Tag Archive: Messages


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 This means that a lot of Android Messages’ colorful accent colors have been replaced by even more white and the in-app text now uses the Google  [Read More…]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…]

How to send texts from your desktop using Android Messages

06Last month, Google started rolling out “Messages for Web” support for all Android users.

While Apple iPhone owners have long been able to use iMessages on Mac, Android users are only now getting a similar functionality. Basically, the new tool allows to send text messages from any web browser, so you don’t have to keep reaching for your phone.

Over the years, Google launched a number of messaging apps, but none proved too popular. With Android Messages, which is the  [Read More…]

Do you prefer using Samsung Messages or Android Messages?

From the forums.

Despite the popularity of services like WhatsApp and Telegram, good-old texting still remains as one of the most popular forms of communication for a lot of users.

There are plenty of third-party SMS apps you can grab from the Play Store, but two of the most popular first-party ones are Samsung Messages and Google’s Android Messages.

Android Messages is gradually being updated with new features to slowly turn it into a much more powerful  [Read More…]

How to set up Android Messages for web

Who’s ready to start texting from their computer?

After years and years of patiently waiting, Google finally launched a way for users to natively send and receive text messages from their computer. This functionality is being rolled out as part of Android Messages, and once everything’s set up, you can stay in touch with friends and family without having to constantly pick up your phone.

However, how exactly does that setup process work?

That’s exactly what we’re  [Read More…]

Android Messages for web is officially rolling out to all users

Google also highlights smaller features that are now available in Messages.

In late-April, Google’s plans for turning Android Messages into something of an iMessage competitor were revealed. There are a lot of moving parts with this effort, but one of the biggest ones is finally coming to light — desktop messaging.

If you head to messages.android.com, you’ll see a new website with a large bit of text saying you can “Text on your computer with Messages for  [Read More…]