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Google Messages might stop working on uncertified phones at the end of March

Google Messages might stop working on uncertified phones at the end of March

Google Messages is one of the prettiest and most useful messaging apps in the Android world, so it's no surprise that some people download the app as a replacement for their pre-installed default messaging app on phones that don't ship with Google apps. It looks like they might soon not be able to use Messages anymore if they don't have a certified device. XDA Developers has uncovered a string that points to a March 31 deadline when the app will stop working on phones without Google services.

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The Galaxy S21 comes with Google Messages pretty much everywhere but the US

The Galaxy S21 comes with Google Messages pretty much everywhere but the US

It turns out that Samsung is pre-loading the Galaxy S21 with Google Messages in most markets, as Engadget learned from an interview with Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer yesterday. By doing so, Samsung joins other OEMs like OnePlus, LG, and Motorola in using Google's messaging app by default. Unfortunately, we in the US are stuck with the regular Samsung Messages.

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Google Messages has been bugging out for some with empty conversation lists and threads

Google Messages has been bugging out for some with empty conversation lists and threads

Google's Messages app might be praised for bringing universal RCS messaging to the entire world, but recently, some folks aren't so happy with it. For the last month or two, some Messages users have had difficulty using the app at all, suffering blank screens, empty threads, and tedious delays when it does work, all paired with annoying "Messages is doing work in the background" notifications.

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Samsung Messages starts adding support for Google RCS Chat

Samsung Messages starts adding support for Google RCS Chat

Google's history with messaging is a long and winding road, but the company finally started making some more serious progress last year when it began rolling out RCS-powered chat features that didn't require carrier approval. Since then, Google has made RCS available worldwide through the Google Messages app. Now it looks like Samsung is starting to bring support for Google's chat features to its own Samsung Messages app.

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Google Messages gets iMessage-like reactions on the web too

Google Messages gets iMessage-like reactions on the web too

Earlier this year, Google began rolling out iMessage-like reactions to its own Messages app. The feature, which works for RCS chats only and lets you quickly react to a text without having to type a whole new reply, is now also available on the Messages web client so you can send the same emoji feedback from the comfort of your desk and big screen.

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Google is rolling back a Carrier Services update to fix SMS issues on some phones

Google is rolling back a Carrier Services update to fix SMS issues on some phones

Google has decoupled many system features from Android over the years to allow for seamless over-the-air updates, making millions of phones that don't receive new firmware releases as often as they should more secure. But sometimes, things go wrong despite this approach. This time around, we've received reports of people complaining about SMS sending and receiving issues following an update of the Carrier Services that has been rolling out over the past few days. Google has reacted swiftly and has already pulled the update, downgrading most phones to the previous version.

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End-to-end encryption for RCS starts rolling out in Google Messages beta

End-to-end encryption for RCS starts rolling out in Google Messages beta

Google announced that end-to-end encryption was coming to its RCS messaging system last month. At the time, all we knew was that the rollout would begin soon via Google's Messages app beta. Based on our reader's reports, that rollout for end-to-end encryption has now started.

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Google's finally starting to highlight text messages from verified businesses

Google's finally starting to highlight text messages from verified businesses

Companies engaging with their customers are now able to flip on an updated API to show their status as a verified business as well as a short profile while texting through Google Messages. Owners and representatives will also be able to chat with their customers through the Google Maps app.

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Scheduled sending is going live in Google Messages

Scheduled sending is going live in Google Messages

You can already schedule messages in Gmail and Telegram (among others), and now Google's Messages app is joining the club. The functionality showed up for a few people as part of an a/b test at the beginning of November, and now it's starting to roll out much more widely, at least in the US. The option replaces the long-press shortcut for sending an MMS with a subject.

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Google RCS Chat now available worldwide, end-to-end encryption coming soon

Google RCS Chat now available worldwide, end-to-end encryption coming soon

Google's RCS-based messaging initiative has reached one major milestone today as it announces preparations for another. As of today, Google's RCS is available worldwide (with a handful of seemingly permanent exceptions), and end-to-end encryption will start rolling out for beta testers this month.

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