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These are the Best Text Messaging apps for Android: Google Messages, Chomp SMS, Pulse SMS, and more!

As chat platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram have become popular over the last several years, the good old SMS had to take a back seat. Still, SMS messages aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Text messaging is still quite popular in countries like the US, and while your friends and family may not be pinging you...

What is Signal and How to Use it: Everything you need to know about the secure IM service

At a time when mass surveillance by corporations and governments is increasingly becoming commonplace, consumers are looking for messaging apps that can keep their private conversations away from prying eyes. While there are plenty of messaging apps available to consumers, not all have the same level of protection or consumer interest at heart. This is...

Signal starts testing a privacy-focused payments feature

Signal has rolled out several new features over the last couple of months to capitalize on the recent backlash against its biggest competitor WhatsApp. The privacy-focused messaging service has rolled out support for encrypted group calls, custom wallpapers, animated stickers, and more. It has also received a new backup feature that lets you transfer chats...

Privacy-centric messenger Signal is ramping up to take on WhatsApp

WhatsApp remains the favorite messaging platform of many, and with over two billion users, its ubiquity makes communication simple. However, with growing concerns surrounding its ownership by Facebook (even though WhatsApp boasts end-to-end encryption), many are looking towards alternative options. Facebook's track record when it comes to privacy has never been good, and with the...

Google is making a messaging app for G Suite that combines Gmail, Hangouts Meet/Chat, and Drive

You are probably already privy to the news that Google will be doing away with Hangouts sooner or later, and in doing so, they've broken it apart into two different services for G Suite enterprise users: Hangouts Meet, which serves as a platform for video chatting for online meetings, and Hangouts Chat, which helps users...

Android Auto gets revamped media controls, message previewing, and support for MMS/RCS

Android Auto is one of the best car head unit systems available today, though it still has a lot of issues and missing features. Its premise is simple: mirror information from your phone onto a display on your dashboard. While, of course, it has the potential to be distracting, it's designed in a way that...

Android Messages’ new Material Theme design with Dark Mode rolls out

Google has released the new Material Theme redesign for the Android Messages application in version 3.5.048 to all users. We discovered how to enable it way back in version 3.3 when it was first added as a hidden option, but now it's rolling out to all users. It's not just a completely rejigged UI, but...

Android Messages tests integration with Google Assistant

Google has been trying to push the Google Assistant as much as possible. It was first available in Google Allo a couple of years ago, but it has since made its way to the Google Home and other apps. Google is now integrating Google Assistant into Android Messages with suggested messages. This is going to work similarly to...

Samsung Messages bug is causing devices to send photos without user consent

Most of us keep very personal things on our smartphones these days. This is a device that is usually always within arm's reach for most of the day and something that many go to great lengths to keep secure. Android itself is built in a way that prevents the sharing of data from one application...

Amazon Might be Working on a New Messaging App Called “Anytime”

Amazon has its hands involved in many different areas of business, and a new report from AFTVNews suggests that the company will soon release a brand new product. More specifically, a messaging app called, "Anytime." According to this report, Amazon has recently been surveying select customers about what features they value the most in messaging apps/services. AFTFNews says that one...

Google, Can You Stop Making New Messaging Apps?

In this video, Rawad rants about Google and the mind boggling number of messaging apps they put out. Let us know in the comments what you think on this subject. Are you excited for the new apps? Do you think you'll keep 3 or 4 different Google messaging apps on your phone?