Tag: Messages

Google Duo v45 prepares pre-call notifications, continues work on Low Light mode and sending pre-recorded videos [APK Teardown]

Article Contents A new update to Duo is out in the wild, but like many others, there’s not much to see upon installation. We’re all about the teardown on this one, which hints at some kind of pre-call notification and adds follow-ups on the topics of Low Light mode and sending pre-recorded videos to somebody […]

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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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Android Auto v3.8 adds optional message previews and revamps the music player [APK Teardown]

Article Contents The latest Auto update is rolling out and it’s making a couple of substantial changes, at least by the standards of an Auto update. You’ll now have the option to see the first several words of incoming messages when they arrive, and the music player has been given a makeover that changes both […]

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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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[Update: Fix due soon] Some Pixel 3 users have noticed that their text messages are vanishing

You’ve may have heard about the bug affecting Pixel phones whereby photos taken with the camera are not saved — well now it appears there’s a similar issues with texts as well. According to a tip we’ve received, the latest security update (Nov 5th) could be causing text SMS messages to disappear for some. Our […]

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Some Pixel 3 users have noticed that their text messages are vanishing

You’ve may have heard about the bug affecting Pixel phones whereby photos taken with the camera are not saved — well now it appears there’s a similar issues with texts as well. According to a tip we’ve received, the latest security update (Nov 5th) could be causing text SMS messages to disappear for some. Our […]

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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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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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Messages 3.7 adds contact sharing, fully rolls out Automatic previews, and removes Smart Reply [APK Download]

Article Contents Messages, the renamed Android Messages, has seen a few interesting changes in the past months. A new Material UI, a dark mode, and an overhauled search experience have rolled out to the app, and although today’s update may not seem as groundbreaking, it’s certainly quite useful as it finally lets you share contacts. […]

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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’ 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 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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YouTube is testing renames of some tabs in its Android app

Google loves to experiment with different features and UIs on its apps and services, and one of its favorite subjects is YouTube. Whether it’s on the web or in its mobile apps, there always seems to be some new server-side change that’s being tested. Today is no different; there are two name changes being tested […]

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Android Messages v3.3 prepares GIF search and favorited stickers, search filters for attachments, and possibly gearing up to fight text spammers [APK Teardown]

Article Contents A new version of the Android Messages app slowly began to circulate over the weekend. As usual, there doesn’t seem to be anything visibly different in this update, but it does contain bits and pieces suggesting there’s plenty of work going on in preparation for new features. Some of the Sticker and GIF-related […]

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