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Google Messages adopts bubble notifications for Android 11 Beta users

Google Messages adopts bubble notifications for Android 11 Beta users

4 Google Messages appears to be rolling out support for bubble chatheads as provided for in Android 11 Beta 1. The company promised this adaptation a few weeks ago. Going into the app’s settings, users may find a new Bubbles item. Selecting it will take them to a system settings panel with the new interface...

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Skype adds Android Auto support in latest update, but only for text messages

Skype adds Android Auto support in latest update, but only for text messages

Microsoft’s messaging platform Skype is still very much alive, even though the company is starting to roll out the business-oriented Microsoft Teams to everyone. The latest update to the Android application finally includes Android Auto support, but there’s a catch — only text messages will appear on your car’s screen, not voice or video calls....

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SMS messages sent on Google Fi are appearing as bizarre Chinese text for some

SMS messages sent on Google Fi are appearing as bizarre Chinese text for some

According to recent reports, some long SMS/text messages sent by Google Fi subscribers are arriving at their destination as a long string of seemingly random Chinese characters — with the occasional emoji thrown in sometimes, for good measure. Tests confirm that the problem appears to be caused by an encoding issue. Although Google hasn’t publicly...

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Google Messages starts rolling out top search bar in beta

Google Messages starts rolling out top search bar in beta

Google Messages is the main SMS client for Android, and while most of the app’s recent development has been focused on improving RCS, the design team has also been hard at work. Now the app is receiving a top search bar, similar to what Gmail and other Google apps already have. The new design appears...

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Sticker suggestions in Google Messages are almost ready to go

Sticker suggestions in Google Messages are almost ready to go

Stickers are the messaging trend right now, with Facebook, Telegram, Google, and other companies adding them to any platform they can think of, not even stopping short of mashing up emoji. To make them even more ubiquitous and easier to use, Google is testing some changes in Messages and Gboard, adding contextual sticker recommendations to the former...

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Google seems to be rolling out RCS support in Messages to more countries

Google seems to be rolling out RCS support in Messages to more countries

This story was originally published 2020/04/30 6:46am PDTon Apr 30, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/14 5:06am PDTon May 14, 2020.  After Google deployed RCS (Rich Communication Services) in the US without the help of the four three big carriers, the company seems to be set to repeat that effort internationally. People in multiple, mostly European...

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