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
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California may fund low-income connectivity with a flat tax on texting

The cellular industry contributies billions of dollars in taxes to California coffers for lifeline connectivity programs, but that money pile has shrunken.

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.

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.

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.

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.

After Puerto Rico hurricanes, AT&T and T-Mobile provide SMS queue services

Customers wishing to contact unreachable loved ones on Puerto Rico can use these services to at least line a text up to send once service is restored.

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.

Hangouts SMS finally hung up for most, still on for Project Fi and Google Voice

The exceptions are Google Voice users and Project Fi customers who can continue to route SMS/MMS through Hangouts. Others will have to move elsewhere.

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.

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.

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.

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?
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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.