Large corporations collecting our data and resetting passwords after every major data breach can feel like an inevitability we just have to accept in 2019. But there are ways to protect your data and privacy.
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iPhone users have it easy. iMessage comes preinstalled, and it achieves more than even the best messaging apps on Android. iMessage is end-to-end encrypted, it supports SMS and it’s packed with features that range from gimmicky (Animoji) to can’t-live-without-it useful (Memoji).
The experience of one iPhone user messaging another is seamless, secure, and convenient. The same can’t be said for Android users.
We'll be the first to say that being worried about someone knowing if you've read their message is a little ridiculous. Reading the message is the whole point of texting and yet... we can also admit there are some strategic reasons why you'd want a message to appear unread. Many messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and DMs on Twitter all support read receipts. iMessage-sending iPhone users have read receipts too, with a fun caveat: they're very easy to get around.
In iOS, the read receipts option can be toggled on in the Settings app, under Messages. If you usually keep this option off then you'll never have to worry about sending read receipts, even if the person you're texting has theirs set to "On".
If you usually have read receipts turned on, however, but want to secretly read a message, 3D Touch is your friend here.
Google's messaging options are a mess, and it just rolled out a new tool to muddy the waters even further: Android Messages, but on the web. It gives you access to your Android SMS chats through a web browser, and lets you send and receive messages. So does it make life any easier for those in Google chat purgatory? And does it get Google any closer to catching up with the likes of iMessage and WhatsApp?
Google's new iMessage extensions allow iPhone users to drop all sorts of Google-curated information into their chats: from weather forecasts and nearby restaurants to trending YouTube videos and amusing GIFs. It's a much faster way to communicate and one of our favourite extensions in a long while. Here's how to get it on your phone right now.
If you're an Apple user, you may have been experiencing problems lately, after it was discovered that a specific character from the Telugu alphabet caused a heap corruption and could crash devices and apps, including iMessage and third-party services like Twitter and Whatsapp.
Apple have now released a security update which fixes the problem for all four of its operating systems.
Google has released more messaging apps than I can remember (Allo, Android Messages, Messenger, Hangouts, Gchat, the list goes on), but the company has never been able to come up with a single service that can easily handle your messages on all platforms the way iMessage does for iOS and Mac devices. Now, Google may have finally figured it out by copying one of Apple's best features: Desktop SMS messaging.
Apple keeps giving us reasons to say goodbye. iOS 11 is buggy as hell, with the most recent error making iPhones almost unusable and the latest version of macOS briefly exposed Mac owners to a major vulnerability. As for the iPhone X, it may be pretty sleek for an iPhone, but Apple's still playing catch-up to its Android competition.
iOS: If you live in your Messages group chats, you know how cumbersome it can be to share something other than pictures of yourself. Popping in and out of other apps, copying and pasting links, looking for that share button that seems to be in a different spot every time -- it can get frustrating. Luckily, you can eliminate the app-switching annoyance by using Message's App Store, which lives right next to your text box in the Messages app.