Tag: Android Messages

Messages v3.9 prepares to launch spam protection, working on support for sending calendar and office documents, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Google is sending out a new version of Messages, the one chat app everybody expects to live at least to the end of 2019. So far, there’s not a lot to see on the user-facing front after the update, but there is at least one change to message attachments. The teardown is more […]

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Google updates Messages app to fix bug that broke search functionality [APK Download]

Some of you may have recently encountered an annoying bug in Google’s SMS app Messages (formerly Android Messages) whereby the search function would no longer work — ironic when your company is primarily known as a search engine. Thankfully, a fix has now been released and the issue should no longer present itself. Hey @Google, thanks for […]

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Messages v3.8 brings updated camera interface, new camera and gallery shortcut, and UI tweaks [APK Teardown]

Article Contents An update to the Messages app (formerly Android Messages) has begun making the rounds, and unlike so many other updates lately, this one has a few standout changes after installation. There are a handful of smaller UI tweaks floating around, but a more significant change has been made to the camera interface for […]

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Messages 3.7.052 brings back Smart Reply and fixes the constant crashing on Wear OS [APK Download]

When Messages 3.7 rolled out a few days ago, something wasn’t right with the app. On Android phones, Smart Reply was gone while other features were added, and on Wear OS watches, the app was crashing constantly. Thankfully, a new update to v3.7.052 on both phones and watches is rolling out, and it fixes both issues. If […]

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Android Messages desktop client is now a Progressive Web App

Google has continued to improve the Android Messages desktop client, most recently with an updated Material Design look. Perhaps in an effort to make it work better with Chromebooks (as part of the ‘Better Together’ feature), the Messages site is now a Progressive Web App, so it can be installed as a ‘native’ application. Android […]

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The latest Messages 3.7 update is crashing constantly on Wear OS watches

Messages 3.7 began rolling out a few days ago, and while the update brings some significant improvements on Android phones, notably the addition of contact sharing, it did something a lot less desirable on Wear OS. The app is now crashing constantly on smartwatches and can’t even stay open for a second. The widespread issue […]

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Google shortens ‘Android Messages’ to just ‘Messages’ on its Play Store listing

Google really, really likes changing its SMS app’s name. First named ‘Messenger,’ it was renamed to ‘Android Messages’ in early 2017, likely to avoid confusion with Facebook’s extremely popular Messenger. Now the name’s been shortened to just ‘Messages’ on the Play Store listing. What a world we live in. How it looked before today. To […]

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Android Messages 3.6 brings richer search interface, better automatic previews, and an updated icon [APK Download]

Article Contents Yesterday, Google announced an update to Android Messages that would bring a new richer search interface with people and categories front and center. Today, the new version of Messages is starting to roll out with that change and a few more things in tow. New app icon The first thing you may notice about Android […]

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Android Messages’ search feature is getting an overhaul this week

Android Messages is getting a big upgrade to its searchability. You can already search in Messages using the magnifying glass icon at the top of your conversation list, but right now, the functionality is limited to text. Soon, that icon will access a much richer search function, allowing you to easily find photos, videos, and […]

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Android Messages getting better chat search, catching up to proper messengers like WhatsApp

Google is rolling out a new Android Messages feature designed to help users find previously shared content in conversations. The new section gathers images, videos, locations, and links previously shared in the chat. Competing messaging apps like WhatsApp typically allow users to find shared media and links already. Google is rolling out a new feature […]

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Android Messages for Web gets its own Material UI overhaul too, with dark theme in tow

Android Messages has been teasing us lately with a new Material UI overhaul and a dark mode: it rolled out, was removed, then rolled back again with the latest update to the app. Now the web interface is following suit by donning its own sexy look with an even sexier dark theme to boot.    When […]

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After false start, Material Theme with dark mode returns to Android Messages

Google has reportedly released a Material Theme redesign and dark mode for Android Messages. The company originally launched the features earlier this month, but pulled them a day after launch. Google updated its Android Messages app to version 3.5 earlier this month, delivering a Material Theme redesign and dark mode in the process. Unfortunately, the […]

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New Material UI and dark mode are back in latest Android Messages [APK Download]

If there’s one thing we love when it comes to the subject of Android here, it’s a good tease. Over the last couple of weeks, Google surreptitiously added and subsequently disabled an updated Material Design interface for Android Messages. In addition to the app’s blinding new all-white aesthetic, it also included a new dark mode […]

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Android Messages will probably get Allo’s Google Assistant integration

This spring, Google announced “pausing” development on Allo as it repurposed development resources for RCS/Chat and Android Messages. At least one feature from Allo seems to be making its way over to Android Messages as a result of the change, though. The folks at XDA have just discovered hidden Assistant integration in Android Messages — […]

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One of the best Allo features is coming to Android Messages

It looks like some of the Google Assistant-based features of Google Allo are coming to Android Messages. Testing at XDA Developers shows that Assistant will make suggestions based on the text in your messages. There’s no sign of when a wider rollout will occur for the Assistant features. Google Allo — Google’s effective but too-little-too-late chat […]

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[Update: Reverting] Android Messages v3.5 adds new Material UI with dark mode [APK Download]

Both Google Phone and Google Contacts had Material redesigns earlier this month. As such, people began speculating that Android Messages would also soon be revamped, and now it’s happened. On top of the redesign, version 3.5 of Android Messages also brings a long-awaited dark mode. Old vs New. My first thought when seeing this new […]

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Android Messages v3.5 adds new Material UI with dark mode [APK Download]

Both Google Phone and Google Contacts had Material redesigns earlier this month. As such, people began speculating that Android Messages would also soon be revamped, and it’s finally happened. On top of the redesign, version 3.5 of Android Messages also brings a long-awaited dark mode. left: Old. right: New. My first thought when seeing this new interface was […]

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[Pssst, Gmail, You Listening?] Telegram 4.9 added a ‘Mark as read’ button in notifications

When you get bombarded by notifications throughout the day, the most useful tool at your disposal is a “Mark as read” button. Because most notifications these days can be expanded, it’s easy to read the entire content of a message sent through SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, or Gmail. But dismissing the notification doesn’t mark the message […]

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Android Messages v3.4 continues work on pairing with Chromebooks, dark mode, and automatic spam detection [APK Teardown]

Article Contents A new version of Android Messages began rolling out late last night. Beyond a few small cosmetic tweaks, this update appears to be almost entirely focused on preparing upcoming features. There’s activity related to pairing with Chromebooks, further developments in dark mode, and forward progress on fighting spam. Teardown Disclaimer: Teardowns are based […]

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