Posts tagged with: SMS
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    Are you using Hangouts for text and media messages? You may have to head over to another app soon. And Google has an idea about which app you should use. After ditching its Messaging app two years ago in favor of said SMS integration with internet-based Hangouts, it looks like Mountain View is beginning to disintegrate SMS from the app. The app has been updated to version 7 on the Google Play Store. It brings up a first-boot prompt recommending that users "check out Google's new SMS app," Messenger. Similar prompt boxes launched when Hangouts first took in SMS and then when it ...

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    "'OK Google' is the magical key-phrase that unlocks all the wondrous potential of your Android-powered device - and drives you nuts when someone on a podcast says it and all your Android's wake up and wait for your instructions." Now that my new house is built, my daily commute is over an hour long - each way. That's okay with me. I love to drive, the scenery is beautiful, Waze helps alert me to upcoming hazards, and thanks to Audible I'm "reading" more now than I ever have before. When a phone call comes in, thanks to the Bluetooth hands-free functionality built-in to my Prius, all I have ...

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    Just where does Google want Android users sending and receiving their text messages? Back in 2013 Google merged its IP-based messaging and SMS as it brought the latter to Hangouts with the launch of KitKat. For a while it looked like that might be the end of it, and Hangouts might be Google's one-stop-shop for users' messaging needs. But then last year we got a hint that change might be on the way, as Google once again released a stand-alone SMS/MMS app: Messenger. Ever since, we've had our pick (or could always go with a third-party option), but why the split to begin with? Was Google ...

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    Convergence of our on-the-go and sit-down lives has been around for a long while with Google Voice, Skype, Continuity and now, even AT&T (and T-Mobile and Sprint) providing convergence services for messaging and phone calls. The almighty SIM isn't as almighty as it once was but, in the age of data, it's still a keystone to what we do on our smartphones. It's here that we notice that Windows Phone, soon to be Windows 10 Mobile, has been lacking such a solution. It's not going to be the case anymore as Cortana will soon officially bring over SMS and phone calls to all your Windows 10 ...

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    How many devices do you use to keep in touch with people? A smartphone, most likely, and maybe also a tablet? And if you haven't yet, could you be picking up a smartwatch one day soon? While having access to all those gadgets might sound like the perfect way to make sure you stay connected, juggling multiple devices can create new problems of its own: how do you sync conversations across all these screens, especially when we're talking about different platforms, form factors, and widely varying hardware capabilities? AT&T has come up with what sounds like a graceful solution, ...

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    Updated 3:55pm ET to include statement from AT&T. A couple years ago, my younger, whipper-snappier self put a question to the masses: why were we still using traditional SMS text messaging? Given alternatives like Google Voice, iMessage, WhatsApp and the like, SMS seemed positively archaic with its 160-character limit and lack of rich messaging functions. Worse yet, wireless carriers were charging a lot for the privilege of using this outdated system, demanding upwards of $20 per month for unlimited access to a resource that cost them essentially nothing to provide. Flash forward to ...

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    Pry yourself away from all the Android 5.0 update stuff for a moment, and you'll notice quite a bit of additional software news happening today with Google and Android. Some of that involves updates to existing apps – nothing out of the ordinary for one of Google's “update Wednesdays” - but this week the company also sees fit to break ground on a new (or reincarnated old) one, quietly releasing the stand-alone Messenger app. Messenger almost feels like a step backwards from Google's recent push to bring ALL your instant messaging – whether that's straight-up IMs or old text ...

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    I've used Google Voice since the days when it was Grand Central. It's an amazing product and one that I don't know what I'd do without. For those of you who don't know, Google Voice is an interesting combination of telephone services. First, and foremost, Google Voice is to voicemail what Gmail is to email. When someone calls you, if you don't answer (or if you have a rule set up) they go to voicemail. After they leave a message it's transcribed (sometimes with ridiculous results). From there you can peek at what the message was (or what Google thinks it was), and call them back or send ...

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    We all have the ability to send text messages to one another, but today the manner in which we do so varies greatly. What methods are available, and what are the benefits of going back to "the oldest in the book"? SMS in its current form was born back in 1985 with the GSM series of standards. Essentially, the SMS standard enabled GSM customers to send messages of up to 160 characters to each other via the wireless network. On this episode of the Pocketnow Power User we'll find out if SMS is still relevant. Why 160 characters? GSM was designed for voice communications, and routing those ...

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    Technology sites like Pocketnow often focus on carrier coverage and wireless technologies made available through the cellular towers that dot our landscape. We are constantly bombarded with acronyms: EDGE, GMRS, HSPA, Wi-Max, LTE, CDMA, GSM, and so on. That's all fine and good, but one technology we often overlook is WiFi. More often that we'd like to admit our "traditional" cellular coverage (voice and text) isn't ideal, but that's something that could be remedied through data networks. Local-area wireless networks have some distinct advantages over their wide-area cousins -- advantages ...

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    There is no shortage of options when it comes to communicating with a modern smartphone. There are literally hundreds – likely even thousands – of different ways to communicate. There's the voice call, which is no longer a staple in mobile communication for many. And there is an endless supply of different IP messengers available, free of charge, depending on what mobile OS you use. There's email, for the more traditional feel of correspondence. And there are several popular social networking sites around the Web that are (generally) easy to access via mobile and, likewise, great for ...

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    At the opening Google I/O 2013 keynote, Google revealed that it would be taking a much different approach to the developer conference than it had in years past. It was less about consumers and consumer products, and more about services and developers – as it should be. Many were upset over the lack of new hardware and the lack of a true point update to the Android operating system. But as I explained in an editorial on Wednesday, there was much more to the keynote than what initially met the eye. It was about updating the OS in a way all existing users (or every user on version 2.2 and ...

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    Last week, I wrote an article laying out my smartphone history, in which I waxed nostalgic about some of the devices and platforms from my past. The idea was to give readers some context for where I'm coming from, device-wise, and it led to a lot of great comments from users who wanted to share their own lists and favorite-device memories. A side-effect of looking backward over the course of my smartphone-owning life, however, has been a renewed fascination with a few apps from my younger days. Topping the list, this week at least, are those apps which functioned as virtual secretaries. ...

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    Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless announced that it was targeting a date sometime in 2013 for delivery of a new service to its customers. The new feature isn't a high-speed data option or device upgrade policy, but something much more mundane or critical, depending on your perspective: an SMS-to-911 backbone. Developed in partnership with TeleCommunication Systems, the system will allow customers in the United States to send SMS text messages to emergency-response call centers. This is something that's been in the works for a very long time, and it makes a lot of sense: I've talked ...

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