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RCS functionality in Google's Messages app seems to be randomly breaking

RCS functionality in Google's Messages app seems to be randomly breaking

Google Messages allows any Android phone to take advantage of RCS messaging, which has improved the SMS-replacement standard's push. This is part of why some consider it an Android alternative for iMessage, Apple's proprietary messaging platform for iDevices. Whether you think the same or not, it's still an imperfect competitor, and recently, users have found some annoying issues that have either kept their RCS Chat messages in eternal limbo or straight up kept them them from setting it up.

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Hat trick: Verizon is the latest carrier to use Google Messages for default RCS

Hat trick: Verizon is the latest carrier to use Google Messages for default RCS

And another one's down. Following similar announcements for AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon has announced that as of 2022, all its Android devices will come with Google Messages and RCS enabled by default. That gives Google the trifecta of major carriers in the US, at least as far as Android hardware is concerned.

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AT&T gives in, switching to Messages as Google starts to win the RCS war

AT&T gives in, switching to Messages as Google starts to win the RCS war

RCS hasn't conquered the world just yet, but Google is winning the war. Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced that it was switching to Google's RCS messaging and app as the default for devices on its network, and now AT&T has revealed that it is also following suit. There's no firm schedule yet, but future AT&T devices, including Samsung phones, will ship with Google Messages as the default messaging app — and, if AT&T will finally adopt the Universal Profile standards and interconnect to other networks, customers can finally enjoy the perks of improved RCS messaging with out-of-network friends.

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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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10 things Apple should have changed in iOS 15, but didn't

10 things Apple should have changed in iOS 15, but didn't

With WWDC officially in the rearview mirror, it's obvious that iOS 15 is more about polishing up last year's features than it is boldly treading new paths. That shouldn't be too much of a surprise for anyone paying attention to Apple's software — the company usually follows a tick-tock release for hardware and software alike. iOS 15 brings along some nice enhancements, especially for anyone deep inside the Apple ecosystem, but there's always room for improvement. As someone who cycles back and forth between Android and iOS, there's plenty of things I wish had changed in this year's version.

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T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T have reportedly killed their RCS joint venture

T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T have reportedly killed their RCS joint venture

Long, long ago, in the far-off year 2019, the four (at the time) US carriers came together to announce a single partnership. They would work together on a new Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, or CCMI, that promised interoperability for an RCS Universal Profile-based messaging standard. Originally set to be launched in 2020, we hadn't heard very much about it for some time. According to a new report, there's a good reason for that: The CCMI is dead.

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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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Five things we're looking forward to in Android 12

Five things we're looking forward to in Android 12

We're anxiously awaiting Google's first Android 12 preview release, which we expect may land in the next month or so. But even though we haven't seen it yet, plenty of details regarding the new release are public, between leaks and Google's own public plans. Right now, there are five big features we're looking forward to — assuming Google doesn't push any of them back (again).

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Google Duo and Messages might stop working on uncertified phones soon

Google Duo and Messages might stop working on uncertified phones soon

Duo and Google Messages are among the best communication apps Google has ever released, so it's no surprise that they're incredibly popular even among people whose phones ship without Google apps. Unfortunately, it looks like those uncertified phones might soon not be able to run Duo and Messages anymore. XDA Developers and 9to5Google have uncovered strings that reveal that the apps will soon stop working on unsupported devices.

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Samsung Messages starts adding support for Google RCS Chat

Samsung Messages starts adding support for Google RCS Chat

Google's history with messaging is a long and winding road, but the company finally started making some more serious progress last year when it began rolling out RCS-powered chat features that didn't require carrier approval. Since then, Google has made RCS available worldwide through the Google Messages app. Now it looks like Samsung is starting to bring support for Google's chat features to its own Samsung Messages app.

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