Why are we still using phone numbers?

Often if you take a logic-based critical look at something that society has long taken for granted, you might see that it really doesn’t make sense in modern society.  It may have made sense many years, or decades, or centuries ago, but it clearly doesn’t make any sense today. In the age of the internet, phone numbers are another one of those things.

Biggest US carriers have united, not to give us RCS messaging, but a new messaging app

We thought we could get RCS thanks to the biggest carriers in the US in 2020, but it seems we will have to settle for a new messaging app

Google Fi international LTE coverage expands, RCS to roll out

If you’re taking your Google Fi phone to any of these 33 countries, you’ll be able to get on LTE for the same rates as you do at home!

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.

T-Mobile Galaxy S9 owners suffer privacy-violating Samsung Messages update

The update allows Samsung Messages to support T-Mobile’s new RCS protocol, but it also apparently sent an entire photo gallery unprompted.

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.

The 1975 are playing… games with Android SMS logs and Google search

If you’re searching up details about the rock band from Manchester or a Portuguese travel agency, you may end up finding out more about your recent texts instead.

Google leaves Allo for dead, shifting its focus on Android Messages and universal ‘Chat’ technology

Technically, Allo is not dead… just yet. But you may want to switch to Android Messages already, and get ready to forget all about archaic SMS technology.

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.

Meet Neil Papworth, the happenstance pioneer of SMS

25 years later, texting has evolved way beyond its original status as a cellular pager. And it all started with a Christmas party at Vodafone offices.

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.

Google links Sprint and Rogers RCS chatting

Both carriers have taken up Google’s delivery of RCS, the next logical step to SMS and MMS that takes things to iMessage/WhatsApp levels of chatting.

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.

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.
Samsung

Samsung continues acquisition spree with RCS company NewNet Communication

After high-profile Viv and Harman acquisitions, plus a number of lower-key takeovers, Samsung is now purchasing RCS specialist NewNet.

Google launches Jibe RCS cloud service with Sprint

Sprint will be using Google’s cloud servers to pass along RCS messages, — the imminent step up from SMS — but what does this mean for Allo?

T-Mobile looks to obsolete SMS with “Advanced Messaging” – but is it too late?

The “Uncarrier” today announced an “Advanced Messaging” RCS enhancement that will make traditional SMS obsolete. But is it too late to save text messaging?