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5 overlooked Telegram features you should be using

5 overlooked Telegram features you should be using

Telegram is one of the best messaging platforms out there, thanks to constant updates and support from the developer, as well as simple gestures to help navigate its interface. When a platform becomes so feature-rich, it can be challenging to keep track of everything, and it's easy to miss great features that you should be using. So, let's take a look at some useful Telegram features that may have flown under your radar.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Hangouts and Duo on Android

The best free and open-source alternatives to Hangouts and Duo on Android

We've already explored free and open-source alternatives to many Google apps and services in this series, but there's one critical category we haven't mentioned yet: messaging services. Keeping in touch with friends and family is what most people use phones for, but as with social media, the vast majority of messaging platforms are black boxes with questionable data practices.

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Weekend poll: Which messaging apps do you use?

Weekend poll: Which messaging apps do you use?

Plenty of folks are pretty excited about the new WhatsApp dark mode, which landed in a beta release earlier this week. Between that news and other recent discussions in the ol' comment section, we've had messaging on our mind here at Android Police for a while now. For this week's poll, we're curious to know which apps you use for messaging.

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Signal update makes it easier to keep track of files and storage, regardless of encryption

Signal update makes it easier to keep track of files and storage, regardless of encryption

Signal is the messaging app of choice for the privacy-conscious. Offering full encryption using its own protocol, Signal provides confidence and peace of mind in the online world. But security comes at a cost, and until now, it's been difficult to manage all the encrypted files from different messages stored on your phone. With the help of its new storage manager, Signal wants to change that.

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Weekend poll: What app do you use for SMS or RCS messaging?

Weekend poll: What app do you use for SMS or RCS messaging?

Between the US carriers promising a cross-network RCS solution and the discovery of a Google-based workaround widely enabling RCS via the Messages app, we've got messaging on the mind here at Android Police. Whether you're among those who recently flipped the RCS switch in Google Messages, an RCS old-hand with a supported Samsung device on a compatible carrier, or someone sticking to SMS for now, you've got to use an app to do it. (When it comes to RCS, you might not even have a choice.) So, which app are you using for SMS/RCS messaging?

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Google Assistant can now read and reply to messages from WhatsApp, Google Voice, others

Google Assistant can now read and reply to messages from WhatsApp, Google Voice, others

Google Assistant has always been able to read SMS texts sent to you over the native Messages app or Hangouts. But billions of users around the world rely on other messaging services for their daily communication, and those apps, as far as we know, were off-limits for Assistant's reading ability (some let you send but not read). That's no longer the case now.

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Snapchat is rebuilding its Android app from the ground up, and it's about time

Snapchat is rebuilding its Android app from the ground up, and it's about time

Anyone who's used Snapchat's Android app in recent years will be well aware that it's turned into a laggy, buggy mess. My friends and I used to use it regularly to send silly videos to each other, but we've all turned our backs on it by now. For those of you still muddling along with it, you'll be pleased to know that a complete rebuild is in the works. It's unlikely to make me rush back, but it's good to hear that the devs aren't completely oblivious to the issues.

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Viber adds pinned messages and replies in groups, plus broadcast messages

Viber adds pinned messages and replies in groups, plus broadcast messages

Viber is still playing catch-up with more popular messaging apps and every couple of weeks it adds several features that have been available on other messengers for a while. That's still a good thing though, in my opinion, since users who prefer Viber have the same handy and interesting options than those who are on Telegram or WhatsApp.

In the latest update to Viber 7.7.0, the app added a couple of useful new options for groups. Admins can now pin messages to the top, allowing users a quick way to see important messages. Pinned messages show up in a banner at the top of the conversation and can only be removed or replaced by admins.

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TellTale's Mr. Robot game is disguised as the official E-Corp messenger app

TellTale's Mr. Robot game is disguised as the official E-Corp messenger app

USA Network's Mr. Robot is all the rage among tech fans, and not just because it's probably the most faithful depiction of real-world hackers ever to hit primetime. The drama surrounding a gigantic, omnipresent, all-knowing international tech company that has access to every part of the digital world has some disturbing parallels in real life. (Cough, cough.) If you can't wait for the next episode to land in your Android TV queue, there's a new game on the Play Store to check out... and it's made by TellTale, fan-favorite developers of story-focused adventure games.

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WhatsApp May Be Working On Native Chat Clients For Windows and OS X

WhatsApp May Be Working On Native Chat Clients For Windows and OS X

WhatsApp has conquered the world of low-cost SMS alternatives, at least in the international market. The company's practically free system, which uses standard phone numbers and a text message-style interface, gained hundreds of millions of users before being acquired by Facebook for an amazing $19 billion. WhatsApp already offers a web interface for sending and receiving messages away from your phone, but it looks like something a bit more complex may be in the works.

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