Bogdan Alecu, a system administrator at Dutch IT services company Levi9, reportedly found that the vulnerability can occur when an attacker sends about 30 so-called Flash SMS messages -- messages that appear immediately on the phone's screen on arrival -- to the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, or the Nexus 5. If the messages aren't promptly dismissed, … Read more
For those Android users lucky enough to have already received Android 4.4 KitKat on their preferred device, changing the default SMS app is possible, but very hidden.
After installing another SMS app you might be prompted by the app to set it as the default SMS provider. Doing so will allow the app to alert you to new messages, and handle any outgoing messages you compose via another app.
There are times when you either dismiss the prompt on accident, or you're not prompted at all, and thankfully Android 4.4 KitKat includes a system setting to change … Read more
GO SMS Pro iPhone Theme restores the original default theme to the Android messaging app's lineup. The GO Wallpaper Development Team has been busy adding all kinds of themes to the popular messaging tool, and the original look probably got lost in the shuffle. It's back and still free for Android 2.3.3 and above, though of course you'll need GO SMS Pro to use it.
To install GO SMS Pro iPhone Theme, download and open it like a standalone app. Open GO SMS Pro's Menu and tap "Theme." Under Installed themes, select &… Read more
The world seems hell bent on remaining 12 years old.
There are some good reasons for this, such as adults constantly proving that adulthood is incompetence basking in the rays of power.
So instead of making mental progress, we disappear into our phones and express ourselves with words and smiley faces.
Sometimes, though, mere texts aren't enough, mere emoji seem not to offer us the excitement that they used to.
Version 2.0 of Google Hangouts for Android now has SMS/MMS integration, as promised by Google back in May. It finally began rolling out to users on Thursday, and the feature adds convenience for people who use text messaging and Hangouts by unifying the two into a single app.
The first time you launch Hangouts after the update, you're prompted to enable SMS in Hangouts or try it later. If you opted to give SMS in Hangouts a try, but still prefer using separate apps, you can disable the SMS integration.
On devices running Android 4.3 or … Read more
Backup Transfer iPhone SMS to Mac is a powerful tool that will move any SMS messages currently stored in a backup file on your Mac to a separate database where you can view them. This allows you to easily see all of your messages from a single backup folder without having to load them back onto a phone, especially useful for those that delete their SMS messages over time.
After installation, the app opens and prompts you to register. The free trial version limits how many SMS messages you can download, so if you enjoy the process, you'll want … Read more
Texting just got a little more intelligent with the aid of Emu Messenger, an SMS-based "contextual assistant" that uses location awareness and artificial intelligence to provide a variety of information services. Currently only available for Android, Emu Messenger can assist in scheduling meetings, making restaurant reservations, and finding movie showtimes and tickets near your location.
"When we started working on the app, we wanted to do the things people are talking about in text messages, and near-time coordination is what a lot of people do when texting," said co-founder and CEO Gummi Hafsteinsson, who formerly worked … Read more
The underlying code that powers Android text messaging is about to get a makeover, and that could have far-reaching changes for how people text each other on Android 4.4 KitKat and beyond.
For non-developers, the changes will be practically unnoticeable. As the screenshot above indicates, soon you'll be able to choose a default SMS (Short Message Service) app through the Android operating system itself. Currently, the SMS app developer must make it an option in the app's settings.
It looks like Google's Hangouts app could soon absorb new communications abilities with integration of text and picture messaging, according to screenshots and a report that surfaced Monday.
Hangouts originally debuted as a video chat tool for Google+, but Google built into it the instant-messaging ability that formerly shipped in the Google Talk app for Android. Now it's possible that SMS and MMS services also could be built in, according to a report at Android Police.
Google has promised SMS integration into Hangouts, so the biggest question about the feature was when and how it would arrive.
The … Read more
One of the most annoying things about messaging on iOS is the lack of true time stamps for messages. It felt as if iOS would randomly place a time stamp throughout a conversation, but there was no obvious pattern. Because the time stamp was so random, it was very difficult to go back and view when a message was sent or received mid-conversation.
Someone at Apple finally was able to convince the powers that be to time-stamp every message in the Messages app. Can I get a "Huzzah!"?
To view a time stamp for a message, open the … Read more