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Texting on Android is finally more like iMessage, but the green bubble remains

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Texting on Android is finally more like iMessage, but the green bubble remains

Good news, green bubbles: Google has finally flipped the switch on an update that makes texting on Android more like iMessage. 

If you live in the U.S, Google’s Messages app should now officially support “chat” features like read receipts, typing indicators, and better support for photo and group messages. The update is the result of a years-long effort by Google to ditch SMS, which was created decades before the first smartphones changed how we think about text messaging.  

Google announced in November that it was upgrading its Messages app to support Rich Communication Services (RCS), a newer standard that allows messages to be sent via Wi-Fi, along with all the other “chat” features you expect from a messaging app in 2019. But Google being Google, this update wasn’t actually available to everyone until ThursdayRead more…

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YouTube Kids will finally get its own website this week

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Four years after launching on iOS and Android, YouTube Kids is getting a web version.

Although Google has always insisted that the regular version of YouTube is not for children, it’s never offered a web version of the separate YouTube Kids app, which restricts content based on age and disables certain features such as commenting. That’s going to change this week, as Google has quietly revealed plans for a YouTube Kids website. YouTube is also tweaking the age groups for the Kids app, with different content for “Preschool” (ages 4 and under), “Younger” (for ages 5 to 7), and “Older” (for ages 8 to 12) kids. Previously, YouTube Kids had only two screening levels: 8 and under, and 9 to 12.

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