Tag Archive: Messaging


iMessage for Android is the messaging solution we need, not the one we want

This week, I received a new Android phone in the mail. I removed its plastic wrapping, opened the top, unfurled the hastily-placed screen protector and turned it on. When I booted it up, I logged in with my Google account, restored from a backup of my Pixel 3, and waited for the 80 or so apps I regularly use to restore some or all of their user data.

This is my routine for getting a new phone, and  [Read More…]

Google messaging strategy is a mess; here’s how to fix it

For those that don’t know, Google is heavily investing in Android Messages as its future of messaging on its platforms. While I would normally commend them on leveraging an agnostic web app, I really think they should also make the Android version more universal.

What’s The Big Idea

I get that the Android Messages for web movement is a good workaround. It functions well and offers a decent solution across platforms. Honestly, in my solution, it would continue to exist  [Read More…]

Google Fi now supports RCS messaging

Google’s own carrier offering definitely has appealing features.

If you’re an Android enthusiast, you likely know about Google Fi (formerly Project Fi). But that doesn’t mean you necessarily know everything about it. And now that the service has opened up to everyone with an unlocked phone, there’s a lot to get caught up on. So we’re here to give you the high-level view at the carrier option that comes directly from Google. Namely, just what the heck  [Read More…]

New Android Auto update expands messaging and media features

Google this week unveiled a new series of features for Android Auto to make it easier to view messages or search for music, books and podcasts while you’re on the move. As always Google says the new features add more convenience without sacrificing safety.

First off, the media library in Android Auto has a new look and layout with larger images for the album art, so you can easily identify what you songs you want to hear.

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Google teams up to Samsung to make RCS messaging more widely available

Wish your Android phone had iMessages? Well as it turns out, this might soon become a reality. In a blog post this week, Google announced it has partnered up with Samsung to bring Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging to Android devices.

RCS is a next generation SMS protocol that upgrades text messaging. In case you don’t know, the biggest advantage RCS Messaging has over SMS it that it will enable users to send rich, verified messages. This means messages will  [Read More…]

Google and Android are still failing us on messaging and encryption

Using a half-dozen messaging services is hardly uncommon in 2018.

Refusing to offer default end-to-end encrypted messaging — nevermind across platforms — in 2018 is technological malpractice.

A new medical clinic has been built in your neighborhood. Just down the street. It’s in walking distance.

There’s no worry about insurance. There are no co-pays. If you need help, you get help. In fact, you have to work hard to ever see a bill. This new clinic  [Read More…]

These are all the carriers that support Google’s ‘Chat’ enhanced messaging

Chat is Google’s bold bet on RCS.

Google pledged its support for Rich Communications Services back in 2015 by acquiring Jibe, and last week we heard that the company is looking to build out a suite of advanced messaging services into its Android Messages app with a new feature called Chat.

Chat will bring a whole new set of capabilities to Android Messages, and the feature will leverage the Rich Communications Services standard to do so. As  [Read More…]

Alexa calling and messaging is coming to tablets — and not just Amazon’s

Alexa works on more devices than ever.

At this point, there’s a pretty good chance that you or someone you know has an Amazon Echo device. Since the launch of the Echo Show, Alexa users have been able to call and message each other through their various Echo devices, or by using the Alexa app on their smartphones.

Now Amazon is bringing these features over to tablets, ranging from its own Fire line to Android and iOS  [Read More…]

Alexa calling and messaging now available on Android, iOS and Fire tablets

You can use your Android or iOS tablet to make calls or send messages to anyone who has the Alexa app installed on their device.

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Reply wants to add Smart Replies to all your messaging apps

Two years ago, Google announced a new feature for Inbox called “Smart Reply.” Smart Reply could automatically recommend replies for you to send based on the context of messages you received, and it later expanded to the likes of Allo and Android Messages.

Area 120 is a small “experimental program within Google”, and it’s dedicated to creating unique apps and services — many of them that never see the light of day. One of Area 120’s latest projects  [Read More…]