Tag Archive: Messaging


Every messaging app should steal Slack’s sweet new UI

This is an ingenious way to address issues with gestures overlapping.

It’s no secret that people have frustrations with Android 10‘s gesture navigation, particularly the back gesture — and phones with curved screen edges have only exacerbated the problem. Apps that rely on slide-in drawers can be really tough to use, and when that’s a core part of the interface it can slow you down dramatically.

But this week, I received a much-needed ray of hope for  [Read More…]

Google is finally doing something about its incoherent messaging strategy

This is a big step in the right direction.

What you need to know All of Google’s chat/communication apps are now being led by one person. Javier Soltero is now in charge of G Suite, Messages, Duo, and Google’s phone app. There are currently no plans to merge any of the apps together.

To say that Google’s messaging/communication strategy is a mess would be quite the understatement. Google makes good services in these regards, but it just  [Read More…]

The EU makes the switch to Signal as its messaging app of choice

Signal is seen as more secure than WhatsApp, and the EU seems to agree.

What you need to know The European Commission is switching away its instant messaging to encrypted messaging app Signal. Signal has been praised for its secure by default communication, as well as its WhatsApp and iMessage like simplicity. The UK’s Conservative Party also made the switch late last year.

The European Commission is switching to an encrypted messaging app, Signal as it moves  [Read More…]

Samsung is working on integrating Google Duo with its messaging app

The integration may rely on RCS services.

What you need to know Google and Samsung are seemingly collaborating on tighter integration between their apps. A report from South Korea, as well as an examination of the Samsung Messages app, reveals One UI users could soon use Duo video calling from within the SMS app. A partnership with carriers and the use of RCS may even help bypass data charges.

Samsung Messages, RCS, and Google Duo. What happens  [Read More…]

How to use the new messaging feature in Google Photos

Another day, another messaging platform from Google — but don’t worry, this isn’t another full-blown chat app. Instead, Google Photos is making it easier to share and discuss photos with a new self-contained messaging section. It works similarly to direct messaging in social apps like Instagram, and no longer requires you to create shared albums. Here’s how it works.

How to use Google Photos’ new messaging feature

Messaging in Google Photos is still new and fairly rudimentary, but  [Read More…]

The Pixel 4 now supports RCS messaging on Google Fi

Plus, you can flip-flop between cell networks at will with dual-SIM support

What you need to know Google has enabled RCS messaging on Pixel 4 on Google Fi. Pixel 4 users can also now use two SIM accounts for different tasks. Google Senior Director Sanaz Ahari slipped this info on Twitter.

The Google Pixel 4 is getting a software update that will enable features like RCS messaging and DSDS, according to tweets posted by Sanaz Ahari, Sr.  [Read More…]

Can the US carriers solve Android messaging? We’re answering your questions

Here’s how the carriers plan to “fix” RCS for U.S. wireless customers.

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to what RCS can bring to Android messaging and it can get confusing. Don’t worry, though, we have you covered.

In short, RCS provides the text messaging framework for the features that people have come to expect from mobile messaging apps like iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and so many others. Recently, The big four U.S. carriers  [Read More…]

What is RCS messaging, and why is it important to Android?

We all want a better way to do messaging and calls on our Androids, and RCS is the best way to make it happen.

RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is the latest supposed savior or the disjointed and frustrating world of cross-device messaging. RCS is being pushed heavily by Google, but adopted sparingly by carriers around the world.

But like all things, it helps when you have a basic understanding of what people are talking about. There’s  [Read More…]

U.S. carriers are joining forces to bring RCS messaging to Android phones

The carriers will announce more details regarding the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) at a later date.

What you need to know All four major U.S. carriers have joined hands to replace SMS with RCS. The Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) will be bringing RCS to Android phones in 2020. CCMI will be rolling out a new Android app that will be the default messaging app on Android phones sold by major U.S. carriers.

The four major U.S. carriers  [Read More…]

Instagram’s new messaging app, Threads, looks a lot like Snapchat

It’s rolling out globally to Android and iOS.

What you need to know Facebook is launching a new messaging app — Threads by Instagram. Threads is an app for connecting with your closest friends through messages and pictures. The app opens up directly to the camera, just like Snapchat does.

Our world is filled with an abundance of messaging apps — some good and some bad. Today, Facebook is adding a new addition to the mix with the  [Read More…]