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Discord rolls out threaded conversations, which might make you hate it less

Discord rolls out threaded conversations, which might make you hate it less

Messaging client Discord is about to give its users a ball of yarn, teasing a threading feature that will officially debut tomorrow.

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Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

End-to-end encrypted conversations aren't just for whistleblowers and government officials. These days, more users than ever before are aware of how vital it is to keep conversations away from prying eyes. Apps like Signal and Telegram gained huge new followings earlier this year after WhatsApp botched a privacy policy update, calling attention to the importance of implementing extra security for communication tools. Today, Facebook recommitted to bringing end-to-end encryption to both Messenger and Instagram Direct, but it could take longer than some users are willing to wait.

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Signal makes it easier to move your chats to a new phone (APK Download)

Signal makes it easier to move your chats to a new phone (APK Download)

Signal got a lot of attention on the heels of WhatsApp’s new privacy policy that was widely criticized in recent months. This free publicity pushed the privacy-focused app to expedite the addition of more consumer-centric features. In line with that, Signal has added a tool to its beta app that makes transferring your chats to a new device quick and easy.

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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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