Google kills Allo sooner than it will kill(?) Hangouts

Shortly after rumors piled on about recent internal shakeups with Google’s messaging clients, Google came to confirm the news: Allo is dead.

Google apps going “Dark Mode” because Android won’t

For years, Android has been torturing users’ eyes at night without a dark theme. The fanbase has been clamoring for a dedicated mode.

Android Messages for web is rolling out, bringing RCS everywhere

Who cares if your computer is a Mac or Windows or even Linux? If you have a web browser, you can access your Android phone’s messages now.

Congress mad at Google for dropping Project Maven, keeping Huawei partnership

Huawei is considered public enemy number one in Washington, D.C., especially with intelligence officials that see it as a cybersecurity front of Beijing.

How to give your Android phone the Pixel experience

Most manufacturers install their own skinned versions of Android with custom launchers and apps. But since Android is an open platform, it’s actually quite easy to get Google’s apps installed and working on non-Pixel devices, and getting the Pixel experience.

Huawei integrating Android Messages app for SMS/RCS

The app will allow Huawei phones in the near future to access RCS. Huawei is also helping Google out by providing servers to carriers for their clouds.

Android Messages updated with Google Wallet cash transfers

Video calls can be made through the app on Duo while Google Wallet can be used inside Android Messages to move money around.

Duo integrated as a video call feature in Google call and messaging apps

Google’s Phone, Contacts and Android Messages apps will link video calls to the Duo app on Pixel, Nexus and Android One phones.

Google Talk moves to Hangouts, Google+ on Gmail is done

Several big changes are happening in the back end of Google’s communication mediums that will have big results for users in the front.

Expect SMS in Hangouts to be gone by May 22

SMS in Hangouts gets out of Hangouts soon according to a letter to G Suite admins. But you may still cling on if you have Google Voice or Project Fi.

Google lead on Allo and Duo discusses why SMS won’t get integrated

And by roadmap, there IS no public roadmap. Just reassurances that features will be coming along and that visions are in place for Hangouts.

Google Messenger now called Android Messages

Where one name once was, a new name emerges: in this case with RCS getting added onto SMS and MMS capabilities, Messenger was no longer enough.