Google App Updates

Android Messages for Web is official along other new features

June 19, 2018 Doug Demagistris

This week, Google announced that its Android Messages SMS app on Android is coming to web with new features. We heard a report a few months back indicating this might happen, and the changes appear to be going into place today across several continents for some lucky users. Google’s Allo messaging app gained a web client not so long ago and it wasn’t exactly a game-changer, but Android Messages could be different.


Weekly Poll: Have you considered Project Fi?

June 10, 2018 Doug Demagistris

At Droid Turf, we often talk about US cell carriers, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, but there are a handful of MVNO that are just as important to today’s market. This week, one in particular, Project Fi, made a few headlines. The service run by Google uses T-Mobile and Sprint network connectivity and brings it to select Android smartphones at a more affordable rate. All is managed through the Project Fi mobile application, and of late the service has shown [Read More]

Google App Updates

Smart Reply has started to appear in Android Messages for those without Project Fi

June 8, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Google’s Smart Reply function has been around for some time in a bevy of apps and services. The feature Google originally brought to market is now becoming a norm in most messaging applications, but not everyone has had access to the feature. This week, it was first discovered by folks on Reddit that Smart Reply has started to appear in Google’s Android Messages app for those without Project Fi.

Apps & Games

Google might announce its latest attempt at a universal messaging service during I/O 2018

April 24, 2018 Doug Demagistris

According to a trusted source, Google is working on yet another attempt to provide Android users with a universal messaging service for modern times. The app might be called ‘Chat’ and be the search giant’s latest and final try at giving Android users the all-in-one messaging platform they’ve desired for years.

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Apps & Games

Huawei will soon board the Android Messages app on its phones with Google’s ‘Jibe’ RCS

January 19, 2018 Doug Demagistris

If you use Android Messages, you might be familiar with RCS messaging, which is essentially modern-day text messaging. RCS has to be approved by your carrier, and Google’s Android Messages app is one of the few clients on Android that supports the advanced functionality. Google has done some work to increase adoption of this technology, but progress has halted as of late.

Google App Updates

Google renames its ‘Messenger’ platform to ‘Android Messages’, RCS incoming?

February 24, 2017 Doug Demagistris

Messenger is just one app on Google’s list of many communication platforms including Allo, Hangouts, Google Voice, and Duo. Messenger has been the one Google tends to make your default on Nexus and Pixel smartphones. However, it has also been available as a seperate app download for those running a specified version of Android or higher. Today, the platform is receiving an update that changes the name to ‘Android Messages’.