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Google Messages' Material You design makes it to beta (APK Download)

Google Messages' Material You design makes it to beta (APK Download)

After Google Calendar, Keep, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, it is now Google Messages' turn to get a Material You revamp. The latest Messages v9.7 beta update introduces a new Material You-inspired design, though it clearly looks like a work in progress.

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Gmail's 'nudges' might come to Google Messages to remind you to answer that text from your mom

Gmail's 'nudges' might come to Google Messages to remind you to answer that text from your mom

We all have that friend who — love them as you may — forgets to respond to all of your text messages. If you're that person, a new messaging feature in the works might improve your ability to reply to your loved ones. Although it's not available yet, Google wants to leverage one of its Gmail features to help make communication feel a bit more automated.

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That sleek new Google Messages for Wear OS UI is now rolling out

That sleek new Google Messages for Wear OS UI is now rolling out

Google has been steadily updating its wearable apps with new designs and features for Wear OS 3, but in some cases, older watches can benefit from the updated apps as well. That's what's happening with Google Messages this week, as a brand-new version of the app is rolling out for Android smartwatches new and old.

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Google Messages is getting a streamlined new attachments UI

Google Messages is getting a streamlined new attachments UI

Google has been experimenting with various different approaches for attachments, emoji, gifs, and stickers in its SMS app in recent months. The latest incarnation is now being spotted in the beta version of Messages, replacing the blocky UI with more colorful and simplistic circular buttons.

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RCS functionality in Google's Messages app seems to be randomly breaking

RCS functionality in Google's Messages app seems to be randomly breaking

Google Messages allows any Android phone to take advantage of RCS messaging, which has improved the SMS-replacement standard's push. This is part of why some consider it an Android alternative for iMessage, Apple's proprietary messaging platform for iDevices. Whether you think the same or not, it's still an imperfect competitor, and recently, users have found some annoying issues that have either kept their RCS Chat messages in eternal limbo or straight up kept them them from setting it up.

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Spammy ads are invading Google Messages — here's how to get rid of them

Spammy ads are invading Google Messages — here's how to get rid of them

Armed with RCS, Google Messages is the current face of the company's longstanding quest for a worthy messaging app. While the multipurpose SMS app now has the features to rival the likes of WhatsApp, it still fails in one key area — staying on top of mounting SMS spam. That’s especially true when the sources are verified business accounts that have been hassling scores of Indian users lately with spammy in-chat advertisements within Google Messages.

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Hat trick: Verizon is the latest carrier to use Google Messages for default RCS

Hat trick: Verizon is the latest carrier to use Google Messages for default RCS

And another one's down. Following similar announcements for AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon has announced that as of 2022, all its Android devices will come with Google Messages and RCS enabled by default. That gives Google the trifecta of major carriers in the US, at least as far as Android hardware is concerned.

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AT&T gives in, switching to Messages as Google starts to win the RCS war

AT&T gives in, switching to Messages as Google starts to win the RCS war

RCS hasn't conquered the world just yet, but Google is winning the war. Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced that it was switching to Google's RCS messaging and app as the default for devices on its network, and now AT&T has revealed that it is also following suit. There's no firm schedule yet, but future AT&T devices, including Samsung phones, will ship with Google Messages as the default messaging app — and, if AT&T will finally adopt the Universal Profile standards and interconnect to other networks, customers can finally enjoy the perks of improved RCS messaging with out-of-network friends.

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Starred messages rolling out in latest Messages beta

Starred messages rolling out in latest Messages beta

A couple weeks back, Google announced that we'd be able to "star" messages in the Google Messages app to better keep track of important ones — you know, things like addresses, Wi-Fi passwords, or instructions. Though Google gave the feature fanfare at the time, it wasn't actually available. But reports indicate it has started rolling out for those using the Google Messages beta.

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Google wants to automatically clean up all your useless SMS 2FA messages

Google wants to automatically clean up all your useless SMS 2FA messages

Back in May, some detective work revealed that Google Messages would soon organize its texts into different categories, making it easier to find the conversation you're looking for. Included in this was the ability to auto-delete one-time passwords (OTPs) after twenty-four hours. Now the feature is official and will start arriving in a few weeks.

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