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February 24, 2017

Google’s Messenger app gets renamed “Android Messages”

Google’s default SMS/MMS app, Messenger, has been renamed Android Messages. The name change has just rolled out in the Play Store and arrives as Google prepares for wider adoption of the new Rich Communications Services (RCS) messaging standard.

RCS will provide businesses with better ways to brand their communications with consumers, with higher quality multimedia messages and custom sender icons. Though it’s possible to make use of RCS right now, with certain devices (like the Pixel) and on certain networks (like Sprint), there’s no single standard version of RCS yet.

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January 28, 2017

Android emoji – everything you need to know

Emoji seem to have taken over the world, with emoticons quickly becoming a dying tongue around the inter webs. And for good reason; these little icons offer a convenient and friendly way to express emotions. Even turds look cute when pictured as emoji!

But what about us Android users and enthusiasts? You may recall that for a while emoji just showed up as lame squares, and in some cases that continues to be the case. This is because the first major phone maker to adopt these was Apple, in an attempt to attract more users from Japan (where emoji first became popular). It didn’t take long for this to explode and become the amazingly popular trend it now is, with most [...]

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December 13, 2016

Google and Rogers are bringing RCS messaging enhancements to Canada

Just last month, Google announced that Sprint would be the very first carrier to bring RCS (Rich Communications Services) enhancements to customers via the Google Messenger app. Now the company plans to bring the richer messaging experience to customers in Canada, thanks to a new partnership with Rogers.

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Starting today, December 13, Rogers customers using Google’s Messenger app will be able to take advantage of advanced features like group chat, high-res photo sharing, read receipts and typing indicators. While the RCS rollout is starting today, Google says it will be available [...]

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