Hey, Google Messages Now has an Android Beta to Join

Hey, Google Messages Now has an Android Beta to Join


Google Messages, like so many of Google’s apps, now has a beta program. It’s free to join and might give you an earlier look at new features before the rest of the world gets them.

To join, all you need to do is hit that Google Play link below from your phone. Once there, you’ll scroll down the Messages app page past the “Developer contact” section. You should see a box that says to “Join the beta,” along with a button to “JOIN.”

By joining, you’ll get builds before they reach stable that will allow you to test out new stuff. Google still slowly rolls out updates to the beta track too, so you won’t always be the earliest of the early – you’ll still need to get lucky. But either way, you will be earlier than those not in the beta, if that matters to you.

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Google Says It’s Ready to Bring RCS to Your Phone, Carriers be Damned

Google Says It’s Ready to Bring RCS to Your Phone, Carriers be Damned


Less than two weeks ago, just as Verizon gave the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ access to RCS messaging, I shared with you a few pointed thoughts on how bad the RCS situation has become. In fact, I said that “RCS is dumb” because of the way Google has tried to roll it out, by leaving too much power in the hands of carriers, who are the last companies on Earth anyone should put trust into.

I don’t want to take credit for slamming their initial plan, but things are apparently about to change on the RCS front for the better. According to a report from The Verge, Google is finally going to take ownership of the RCS rollout and start making it available to anyone with an Android phone.

Later this month, Android users in the UK and France will be able to opt-in to using RCS “Chat” … Read the rest

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