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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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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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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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WhatsApp launches disappearing messages

WhatsApp launches disappearing messages

Telegram and Signal have had disappearing messages for a long time, and even Facebook's own Messenger lets you set delete timers on messages in secrets chats. Now WhatsApp has announced that it's joining its competitors — ephemeral messages are rolling out to the stable version of WhatsApp today.

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New Messages for Web features are rolling out to Google Fi users

New Messages for Web features are rolling out to Google Fi users

With Hangouts on its way out, Google Fi users might have been wondering how they would access their messages on the web. We learned from a teardown back in May that Messages for Web would be getting Google Fi-specific features, and it looks like this new experience is now rolling out.

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Google Messages is working on a way to automatically delete one-time passwords after 24 hours

Google Messages is working on a way to automatically delete one-time passwords after 24 hours

Whether you're making an online purchase or simply trying to log into your account, you're most likely going to be asked to enter a one-time code sent to your mobile number via SMS. Since these messages are useless a few minutes after being received, they create unnecessary clutter in your texts, unless you manually bother to tidy up and delete them. Thankfully, Google has a solution for you with its Messages app, as it's working on a way to automatically scrap these texts for you.

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Two quick taps in Google Messages can reroute RCS chat messages as SMS

Two quick taps in Google Messages can reroute RCS chat messages as SMS

Google's rollout of RCS chat via Jibe in its Messages app has just about enveloped the world — we haven't covered every new country, but we've seen a steady trickle of reports from new markets as it slowly makes its way around the globe. But while chat is useful, sometimes it doesn't quite work as it should, and though fallback mechanisms are in place, they can take a bit to kick in. So here's a recently spotted tip that lets you quickly and easily force any RCS/chat message in-progress in the Messages app to immediately fall back to SMS.

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WhatsApp is rolling out search filters to some beta users

WhatsApp is rolling out search filters to some beta users

WhatsApp's search function has never been great. It does help you find your conversations and certain keywords if you know what you're looking for, but it has always only displayed text as results. WhatsApp wants to change that, as WABetaInfo and our tipster Moshe have spotted. The developers are testing an Advanced Search mode that helps you narrow down your results with specific filters, like text, images, videos, GIFs, audio, and more.

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Google Messages adopts bubble notifications for Android 11 Beta users

Google Messages adopts bubble notifications for Android 11 Beta users

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.

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