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 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.
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.
FTC starts private investigation into Facebook privacy concerns
Among many of them is the fact that Facebook collected the metadata of Android users’ phone calls and text messages. The company says it was an opt-in procedure, but screenshots make the practice more vague than it seems.
Facebook logs call, SMS data from Android phones
Facebook has been scraping the metadata of calls and messages sent from Android phones for a long, long time. We’re only finding about it now because of the backlash from the Cambridge Analytica saga.
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.
Many first-gen Google Pixel users have suddenly stopped receiving texts after updating to Oreo
There’s a nasty messaging bug running rampant on 2016 Google Pixel devices, and it may have something to do with Android 8.0 Oreo.
Mystery bug randomly makes Galaxy S8 and S8+ users worldwide miss text messages
It may not sound as destructive as an exploding battery, but a new and seemingly widespread Galaxy S8 messaging issue is vexing in its own right.
OnePlus 5 India offer features misleading marketing
You can get Rs. 1,500 cash back if you buy a OnePlus 5 with an SBI card. But let’s talk about how the phone’s best-selling ever.
Moto G5 Plus up for pre-orders, sales begin March 31
The phone starts at $229.99. If you decided to dawdle around on Motorola’s site for a bit, you’ll get a little discount worth your while.
Is it time to close the door on SMS messaging?
SMS messaging is a trusty standby for messaging capability, but is it too antiquated to keep up and running? Or do we need its reliability?
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.
iPhone 7 Plus screenshots sent to Pixel getting distorted
Google Pixel users have been getting stretched, discolored screenshots through MMS from iPhone 7 Plus users. What’s happening here?
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?
Hangouts out, Duo in for Google apps pre-load package
What once merged SMS and digital chat streams has faded into something different. Duo may take over for what consumers want in communication.
Patent firm Voip-Pal looks for $7 billion as it sues Apple, AT&T, Verizon
Voip-Pal is looking for $7 billion in cumulative damages from the suits against the three companies or licensing agreements.
Take back your privacy with encryption – before it’s too late
All of us are born with certain “natural rights” – rights which…
OK Google Answering Machine
Google Now just got answering machine-like functionality – here’s how to use it
Keep your hands on the wheel! Thanks to the new Google Now Answering Machine feature, your Android can read your texts to you – and let you reply, too!
AT&T NumberSync delivers cross-device messaging through your existing phone number
Meet AT&T NumberSync, the new service that lets you read and reply to your smartphone’s messages from tablets and wearables.
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?