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Google's Pixel 6 might play interpreter on your next vacation

Google's Pixel 6 might play interpreter on your next vacation

One of the rumored features the upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro would have was improved translation performance. At the time, we didn't actually know it would be a heavily marketed feature; The Verge was merely shown a demo that showed a French to English translation via Live Captions. But according to the folks at XDA Developers, there's more to it than that, and we can anticipate a new branded Live Translate feature to debut with the phone, building on the existing translation systems and features in the Google Translate app, Lens, and Assistant, but with deeper integrations.

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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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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 Messages now lets you adjust the font size using pinch to zoom

Google Messages now lets you adjust the font size using pinch to zoom

Google is constantly improving its text messaging app with new features. It recently got a bunch of enhancements, such as the ability to automatically declutter your inbox and send encrypted RCS messages. These are significant improvements, but there's one simple yet essential feature that has been missing from the app for a while: the ability to pinch to zoom in your conversations. Thankfully, the feature is now available in the app's latest version.

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Pinned conversations are starting to arrive in Google Messages

Pinned conversations are starting to arrive in Google Messages

Google has spent the last decade trying to get messaging right, but it seems its dedication to RCS is finally paying off. Its Messages app has gotten really good lately, picking up end-to-end encryption and starred messages just this past week. It seems that another long-awaited tool is finally coming to Google's messaging service, as pinned conversations are appearing for users in the app.

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Google Messages end-to-end encryption for RCS Chat is rolling out to everyone

Google Messages end-to-end encryption for RCS Chat is rolling out to everyone

As part of today's big announcements from Google, the company snuck in a bit of a surprise: Separate from the embargo details we were provided, Google is also announcing that end-to-end encryption for Chat/RCS messages in Google Messages is now out of beta — at least, for one-on-one conversations.

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Google Messages is making it easier to keep track of that address you always forget

Google Messages is making it easier to keep track of that address you always forget

With RCS, Google has positioned its Messages app to take on WhatsApp, Telegram, and any other online chat app aiming for communication domination. Although it has come a long way since its earliest days as Android's default SMS client, Messages is still missing a handful of features found in the competition. Thankfully, you can cross pinned conversations off the list today, as Google is adding starred messages to its app.

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Android Auto will finally let you choose dark mode as part of its biggest update in ages

Android Auto will finally let you choose dark mode as part of its biggest update in ages

Android Auto keeps your eyes on the road, all while mirroring the most essential parts of your phone. From maps to music and everything in between, Google's car-friendly interface has come a long way since its earliest days. Today, Android Auto is getting a whole slew of changes to help make your summer road trip even better.

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Google Messages is working to support Android 12's fun new themes

Google Messages is working to support Android 12's fun new themes

One of the coolest changes in Android 12 so far is the new Material You dynamic theming system, which changes system colors to match your background in a way that's downright beautiful — or, at least, way less boring than before. Eventually, apps will take advantage of it too, but they'll need to be updated to accommodate it, and the first signs of such support are starting to appear in Google Messages.

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T-Mobile wants to be the best carrier for Google and Pixel fans

T-Mobile wants to be the best carrier for Google and Pixel fans

In a press release issued today, T-Mobile outlined its plans for Android for the latter portion of this year. And those plans pretty much begin and end with the word "Google." The biggest of the deals is that Google's Messages app will now be the standard, default SMS and RCS platform for all T-Mobile Android phones. But there are plenty of other nuggets in the press release, too.

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