Monday, January 18

Google Messages

Galaxy S21, Google Messages, News, Phones, Samsung, Samsung Messages

Galaxy S21 series will have ‘native’ Google messages, but it’s tricky

During its Unpacked event on January 14, Samsung took the time to highlight a new partnership with Google that will make it appear that some of the search giant's software technologies are gaining prominence in Samsung's newest phones. Samsung briefly brought in Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS and Play, to discuss the partnership. First, Lockheimer discussed a deeper integration of Google Duo and Message in Samsung's S21 line. It appears that Messages will be "native" on the S21 series, but it will not be the default. In addition to including Google Messages on the S21 line, Lockheimer also detailed a new 'TalkBack' screen reader experience that would launch first on the S21 line. Dieter Bohn, Executive Editor of The edge, noted in ...
Apps & Games, encryption, Google Messages, News, RCS

Google Message Encryption Appears for Some Beta Users in Canada

Last month, Google announced that its Rich Communication Services (RCS) chat protocol was available globally (with a few exceptions). Along with that announcement, the company announced plans to add end-to-end encryption, sometimes referred to as E2EE, to the Messages app. Now, it is starting to arrive for some users. For starters, Google said it would roll out E2EE to the beta version of the Messages app. Like most of the new features in the Google app, that likely means it will reach small groups of people in select regions. As seen by 9to5Google, some users now see the feature appear in the beta version of the Messages app on their devices.Encrypted RCS messages started being distributed to people who are in Google Messages Beta. @AndroidPolice @ArtemR @derekmross #RCS pic...
android 11, Apps & Games, Bubbles, Google Messages, News

Google Messages beta getting support for Android 11’s ‘Bubbles’

One of the more standout features set to arrive in Android 11 is now going live for Google’s Messages app. As spotted by some users over on Reddit, Android 11’s ‘Bubbles’ feature can now be enabled for Messages. Bubbles, for those unfamiliar with the feature, seems to be an operating system-level version of Facebook Messenger’s ‘Chat Heads’ functionality. It will allow users to access conversations on their Android phone through floating bubbles easily — hence the name — that they can move around the screen. Although Bubbles were partially enabled during the Android 11 Developer Preview, the feature had some bugs that still needed working out. Oddly, Bubbles weren’t available for Google Messages when the first Android 11 beta arrived despite being available during the developer prev...