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Google's finally starting to highlight text messages from verified businesses

Google's finally starting to highlight text messages from verified businesses

Companies engaging with their customers are now able to flip on an updated API to show their status as a verified business as well as a short profile while texting through Google Messages. Owners and representatives will also be able to chat with their customers through the Google Maps app.

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Google Fi SMS bug that sent bizarre Chinese texts is now fixed

Google Fi SMS bug that sent bizarre Chinese texts is now fixed

Recently, some SMS/text messages sent by Google Fi subscribers were arriving as strange Chinese gibberish — with the occasional emoji thrown in for good measure. Tests confirmed that the problem seemed to be caused by an encoding issue, likely exclusive to Fi messages sent to Verizon subscribers. Google tells us it has since rolled out a fix for the problem.

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Google Messages starts rolling out top search bar in beta

Google Messages starts rolling out top search bar in beta

Google Messages is the main SMS client for Android, and while most of the app's recent development has been focused on improving RCS, the design team has also been hard at work. Now the app is receiving a top search bar, similar to what Gmail and other Google apps already have.

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Chrome Beta 84 adds way to autofill SMS verification codes on the web, allows sites to force screen to stay on, and more (APK Download)

Chrome Beta 84 adds way to autofill SMS verification codes on the web, allows sites to force screen to stay on, and more (APK Download)

Chrome 83 was released last week with quite a few improvements, like cookie blocking in Incognito Mode and new Microsoft-made form controls. Chrome 84 has now graduated to the beta channel, and it's one of the largest browser updates we've seen in a while.

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T-Mobile now connects to Google’s RCS servers

T-Mobile now connects to Google’s RCS servers

RCS has always been advertised as the next-generation SMS replacement, but carriers haven't exactly been rushing to roll out the new chat features. That's why Google took matters into its own hands and rolled out its Jibe-supported network via its Messages app, but solutions like T-Mobile's Advanced Messaging haven't been compatible. That's changing, as T-Mobile and Google have teamed up to upgrade the carrier's RCS implementation and make it work with any network connected to Jibe across the globe.

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Here's why texted videos look blurry on Android, and how to work around it

Here's why texted videos look blurry on Android, and how to work around it

Text messaging is a lot more complicated than it used to be, especially when iPhones and Android devices are mixed together. Due to a few different factors, media attachments (like photos and videos) can end up degraded in quality when sent over text messages, depending on who the recipient is and what kind of phone they have.

If you've ever wondered why videos sent over text to/from an Android device don't look as good as videos sent over iMessage, you've come to the right place. Here, we'll explain why your memes and cute videos of pets look terrible when sent over SMS, and how to get around the problem.

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Google and Apple want to make SMS-based 2FA easier and more consistent

Google and Apple want to make SMS-based 2FA easier and more consistent

Both Android and iOS have a couple of solutions baked in to let apps automatically verify your phone number through a single-use passcode sent over SMS. Earlier this year, Apple proposed to standardize the format of these messages to make the process even more seamless. After joining hands with Apple over their contact-tracing tool, Google is now backing Apple's proposal to make SMS OTPs (one-time passcodes) a tiny bit more secure and easier to use.

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Microsoft Your Phone will bring RCS to Windows, provided you have a Galaxy S20

Microsoft Your Phone will bring RCS to Windows, provided you have a Galaxy S20

Your Phone is a powerful productivity tool, allowing you to mirror your display to your PC, and even make voice calls on your Windows machine. Today, Microsoft announced that the new Samsung Galaxy S20 series is bringing RCS to your computer.

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Your carrier will let basically any competent criminal hijack your phone number

Your carrier will let basically any competent criminal hijack your phone number

One of the key pieces to our digital identities, whether we like it or not, is our mobile phone number. You likely use it one way or another in a two-factor authentication login (you shouldn't). Thing is, as it's been demonstrated quite a few times, they can be easily hijacked in a few easy steps by malicious actors ringing up carriers' customer service representatives — many of whom are all too understanding in helping users out of what's supposedly a stressful situation. So, just how easy is it to steal someone's phone number on a prepaid network? Researchers at Princeton University say extremely so in a recently published whitepaper draft.

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Pulse SMS by Klinker Apps is now completely open source

Pulse SMS by Klinker Apps is now completely open source

Klinker Apps released 'Pulse' in 2016 as a new SMS client with support for sending messages from multiple devices. Once set up on your phone, you can send messages from a web app, wearables, and other platforms. Now the app is completely open-source, with Klinker Apps hoping more developers will contribute.

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