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WhatsApp is working on 90-day disappearing messages

WhatsApp is working on 90-day disappearing messages

WhatsApp might not be the most feature-rich messaging app on the block, but it's by far one of the most popular, with an install base in the billions. Recently, a disappearing messages feature was introduced, where you could set a specific chat to self-destruct every so often. Right now, if enabled, the app will delete messages after 7 days, and more recently, WhatsApp started working on an option for doing so every 24 hours. But if you think even 7 days is too little time, no problem: WhatsApp is now also working on adding a 90-day option.

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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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Google Phone knows you prefer messaging businesses over calling them (APK Download)

Google Phone knows you prefer messaging businesses over calling them (APK Download)

I don't know about you, but I prefer texting over calling businesses — who likes listening to some crappy hold music for minutes on end?! Google probably knows this and is happy to bundle a messaging feature into yet another one of its apps. The Google Phone app now lets you text businesses.

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Don't call it dead: Hangouts just reached 5 billion downloads

Don't call it dead: Hangouts just reached 5 billion downloads

Hangouts has been on the way out for four (!) years by now, but the service is still kicking. And in that process, Hangouts managed to reach an impressive milestone: It has been installed five billion times on the Play Store. That brings it right on par with a few pre-installed Google apps, but also with the two competing messaging products from Facebook.

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WhatsApp may add a new option for disappearing messages soon

WhatsApp may add a new option for disappearing messages soon

Late last year WhatsApp added the option to force your messages to disappear, a la Telegram. At the time the only setting was for the messages to vanish after 7 days, but according to a leak uncovered by some fanatical fans of the platform, that choice will soon be expanding. An upcoming version of the feature with an additional 24-hour option was spotted in development.

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Google updates Chat UI for Workspace users to match personal accounts

Google updates Chat UI for Workspace users to match personal accounts

Workspace customers have had access to Google Chat since last year, and it finally became available for personal users earlier this month. There were some noticeable UI differences between personal and business accounts using Chat, but that won't be the case for much longer. Starting Wednesday, an updated version of Chat is available to Workspace users that looks and acts a lot more like what personal accounts are currently using.

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Stadia's new messaging capabilities are rolling out widely now

Stadia's new messaging capabilities are rolling out widely now

Stadia has been in the news lately for generously giving out Stadia Premiere bundles to YouTube Premium subscribers, but that's not the only thing Google's cloud gaming service is giving away. It has now implemented a new messaging system, allowing users to send written messages back and forth between friends who are also on Stadia.

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RCS support in Messages is spreading to more countries, including India

RCS support in Messages is spreading to more countries, including India

After Google deployed RCS (Rich Communication Services) in the U.S. without the help of the four three big carriers, the company seems to be set to repeat that effort internationally. People in multiple countries across the world report that they're able to use RCS features in the Messages app powered by Google's Jib servers. That might indicate that we'll soon see universal and worldwide RCS support from Google, regardless of country or carrier.

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Telegram 6.3 allows users to send larger files, add profile videos, more (APK download)

Telegram 6.3 allows users to send larger files, add profile videos, more (APK download)

As you might have noticed recently, we love Telegram. Whether it's cool features that you may not have seen or helpful gestures and shortcuts, this service has plenty to offer. Today, Telegram rolled out a substantial update that not only adds new features but changes existing ones too. If you've always wanted to have a video as your profile photo, send a file larger than 1.5GB, or take tighter control over who can message you, then this update has some goodies in store for you.

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