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I don't care if Google's 'chat' for Android is an inferior version of Apple iMessage, I want it now

Google has announced that a new messaging protocol called chat is on the way, bringing RCS support and unifying the scattershot messaging experience on Android. It's about time.

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Google Allo finally gains a web interface but it may be too late

Google has started to roll out the long-awaited web interface for its Allo messaging app, but it still requires a phone to work.

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Google readies Duo, Assistant integration as its elevation of Allo continues

A teardown of the most recent Allo APK reveals that Google is readying integration with Duo and Assistant as it continues to improve the messaging app.

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How to make and send selfie stickers in Google Allo

The latest update to Google's Allo messaging app lets you create stickers in your likeness and send them to your friends. Here's how to do it.

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3 Things I want to see at Google I/O

Google I/O is set to kick off in just a few days, so here are three things we hope to see.

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Four Android apps that put SMS on your desktop

These four apps help keep you in the loop by sending your SMS text messages to your Windows desktop.

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I dumped all of Google's messaging apps for Pulse. Here's how (and why) I did it

I'm tired of waiting for Google to figure out what it wants to do with its suite of messaging apps, so I dumped them all for Pulse. And I've never been happier.

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Google tweaks Android Messages to make it easier to start a one-on-one conversation

The latest update to Android Messages brings a useful interface tweak that eliminates the extra tap to start a solo conversation and adds a new group messaging button.

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Five tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience

The world’s most popular messaging app nails the basics, but there are some other useful features that you also put to use.

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Google shuttering Talk, removing SMS support from Hangouts in new messaging shakeup

Google announced that it will be shutting Talk down on June 26 and removing SMS support from Hangouts on May 22 in a continuing attempt to consolidate its many messaging apps.

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Dress up your texts with these 4 Android SMS-replacement apps

Get a better messaging app that suits your texting style and personal preferences.

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Google Area 120's first Android project is a messaging app without a keyboard

The first Android app from Google's startup incubator Area 120 is called Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger, and it doesn't have a keyboard.

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Viber's Secret Chats sets a time limit on entire conversations

Viber's got a new feature for those who don't want their secret conversations uncovered by losing their phone.

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Google makes it easier to summon Assistant in Allo, adds in-app GIF searching

A new update rolling out to the Android Allo app adds a new icon for bringing Assistant into a conversation, lets you search for GIFs, and upgrades some popular emojis.

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Samsung ups the rich messaging ante with RCS support on all Marshmallow and Nougat phones

Samsung announces it will bring support for rich messaging to all Android 6.0 and later Galaxy phones, putting more pressure on carriers to support the RCS standard.

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Google rebrands Messenger as Android Messages in a move toward a universal texting app

Android Messages is merely a new name for Google Messenger, but it could signal big changes for messaging on Android phones.

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How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification

WhatsApp is adding two-step verification, an extra security feature that all users should enable as soon as it becomes available. Here's how it works.

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The new Google Voice isn’t quite ready to be your only number

A long overdue revamp modernizes the service, but it still needs some work to truly match its potential.

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