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Lilbits: Framework’s future, iMessage reactions in Google Messages, and more

Framework’s modular laptop is already one of the most repairable, customizable notebooks on the market thanks to a design that not only lets you swap out the memory, storage, and battery, but even the ports. But the makers of the laptop say they’re already working on plans for new modules for the laptop… and entirely […]

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Liliputing liked this message: Google Messages is starting to display iMessage reactions as emoji

The first time I was texting with a friend and got a message informing me that they “liked” my message, I was wondering if Facebook had somehow invaded SMS. The second time I realized that this is what happens when someone with an Android phone (me) is in a text exchange with someone using iMessage […]

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Beeper puts 15 different chat protocols into one app (even brings iMessage to Android… kind of)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got seven different chat or instant messaging apps on my phone because some people I communicate with regularly use WhatsApp, others use SMS, Discord, Hangouts, and so on. A new app called Beeper is designed to let me (and you) delete some or all of those apps and […]

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Google enables RCS messaging for US smartphones (without any carrier help)

Google has been trying to upgrade SMS messaging for years, by supporting the next-gen RCS protocol that enables features like read receipts, transferring high-quality photos and videos, and chatting over WiFi. But the rollout of RCS support for Android phones has been hampered in the US by wireless carriers, who have been slow to support […]

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Goodbye Allo: Google is streamlining its communication app lineup

Google says it’s not so much killing Hangouts as focusing on its enterprise-focused Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet apps… and eventually opening them up to the general public. But the company is outright killing one of its communication apps outright. Following a recent report from 9to5Google, Google that after pausing investment in its Allo chat app […]

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Google “Messages for web” will let you send SMS from a desktop

Google is starting to roll out several new features for its Android Messages app, including  a new GIF search option, support for suggested “smart reply” messages, and link previews. But one of the biggest changes is that you may soon be able to send text messages from a laptop or desktop computer, thanks to a […]

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Android users might be able to send SMS from a web browser soon

Google’s Android Messages app is an SMS app that lets you send text messages, group texts, pictures, video, and audio messages from an Android phone. It’s not necessarily the most advanced SMS app around, but it supports a few special features including emoji, stickers, and location sharing. Soon there may be one more good reason to […]

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Google brings RCS (next-gen SMS) features to Messenger app for Android (Sprint only so far)

Chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Hangouts, and iMessage have largely replaced old-fashioned SMS text messaging for many users. But Google figures there’s still life in SMS… especially if it can gain some of the features that make those other services attractive. So Google has announced that the latest version of its Messenger app for Android […]

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Google Allo messaging app debuts to… mixed reviews and some confusion

If you’ve read a tech blog today, you may be aware that Google launched its new messaging app last night. It’s called Allo. It’s available for Android and iOS. And it seems a lot like WhatsApp… if that hugely popular messaging app had Google’s Assistant software baked in. Right now Allo is only available for […]

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Facebook Messenger for Android is now an SMS app too

Google’s attempts to integrate SMS with Hangouts might not have been universally popular, but that hasn’t stopped another company from trying to bring together instant messaging and SMS. The latest version of Facebook Messenger for Android now lets you send and receive text messages over a cellular network. Of course you can still use Facebook […]

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WhatsApp mobile messenger launches desktop clients (Windows and OS X)

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is one of the world’s most popular instant messaging service. It may not be hugely popular in the US, but it’s replaced SMS as the preferred method of text-based, phone-to-phone communication for nearly a billion users. But now you don’t need to unlock your phone to use WhatsApp. There’s been a web interface […]

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Gogo wants to make flights noisier, introduces in-flight text, calling

Gogo has been offering in-flight WiFi service on thousands of airplanes for years. Now the company is introducing a new service that will eventually let you make phone calls and send text messages using your smartphone while you’re in the air. I wonder if this will prompt airlines to follow the example of Amtrak, and […]