Google Messages starts rolling out end-to-end encrypted RCS group chats to all users. The company has been working on this security and privacy-centric feature over the last year, which first became available in RCS-enabled one-on-one conversations.
According to the info, Google Messages build 20230329_00_RC01.phone_dynamic brings the end-to-end encrypted RCS group chat feature to the stable channel. This level of security is not decodable by a third party, even if data packets are intercepted in transit between the sender and receiver.
Encrypted RCS group chats
To make RCS-enabled group chats end-to-end encrypted, you just need to download and install the latest update of the Google Messages app from the Play Store. If you may have not got it on Play Store, don’t panic, the rollout usually happens phase-wise and the release will appear on your device shortly.
Next month, Google will hold its annual developer conference – Google I/O 2023, where it could highlight the rollout of encrypted RCS group chat ability to the Messages app. Since it’s a widely used application on Android, a large number of users will have secure conversations.
For Google Messages users, E2EE for group chats brings the app a smidge closer to security feature parity with instant messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp.
Google Messages appears to be rolling out end-to-end encryption support for group RCS chats for users on the latest stable release (https://t.co/ppIrKgqFRp_20230329_00_RC01.phone_dynamic).
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 19, 2023
Messages on Samsung Galaxy
Galaxy smartphones bring two pre-installed messaging apps – Android’s Google Messages and One UI’s Samsung Messages. If you prefer using the Messages by Google app for messaging, encrypted RCS group chat is going to be a big deal for you.
Do you use Google Messages on your Samsung device?
Samsung Galaxy Store 184.108.40.206 update rolling out for One UI devices
Samsung is pushing a new update for the Galaxy Store app with version 220.127.116.11. The new update fixes some bugs to improve the stability of the app. The update is available for Galaxy devices running Android 13 or later versions with an installation package size of 62.01MB
The fresh update of the Samsung Galaxy Store enhances some functions of the app. Although, the update does not contain any new feature or change it surely provides a better user experience.
The company is constantly improving Galaxy Store’s usability through continuous updates and provides various features. Users who want to use the Galaxy Store feature must update it to the latest version and grant the required access permissions.
You can get the Samsung Galaxy Store 18.104.22.168 update through the Galaxy Store app. Also, you can download the update directly from the third-party source link mentioned here.
Spotify introduces ‘Jam’ feature for collaborative music listening
Spotify has announced a new feature ‘Jam’ that will let users create and control a music playlist together in real-time. This feature will allow up to 32 Spotify users to join a shared music queue and add, remove, or reorder songs as they wish.
To start a “Jam”, a Spotify Premium user can tap the speaker icon on the Now Playing screen and share an invite code with other Spotify users via a QR code or a link. The invite code will grant access to the music queue, where everyone can see what songs are playing and who added them. Free Spotify users can also join a “Jam” and contribute songs, but they cannot start one.
The Jam feature of Spotify is designed to make music listening more social and interactive, especially for situations where multiple people want to have a say in the music selection, such as parties, road trips, or workouts. Spotify says that the feature is rolling out starting today and will be available to all Spotify users soon.
Get the latest Samsung Clock app update – v22.214.171.124
Like Google, Samsung also offers an alarm Clock for Samsung devices that can manage your time more efficiently. Samsung Clock is a preinstalled app on every Galaxy device that provides features for keeping track of time and setting alarms.
This app has a simple layout that anyone can easily use. Also, it offers 4 features inside it, and that is as follows:
- Alarm: Anybody can set an alarm on the easy-to-use screen.
- World clock: World clock shows both the time and weather in your selected city.
- Stopwatch: Stopwatch provides a simple screen where the user can check elapsed time in the simplest way.
- Timer: Without entering a time on the keypad, simply scroll and set the settings to use the Timer.
Samsung Clock Updates
[September 28, 2023]
Samsung has released a new update for its Clock app, which brings bug fixes and improvements to the app. The update has the version number 126.96.36.199. Read more here…
[August 01, 2023]
Samsung Clock app is getting a new update with version 188.8.131.52 and it brings some general fixes and functional enhancements. Read more here…
[July 6, 2023]
Samsung has released a new update for the Clock app with version 12.2.09.0. The new update enhances the overall performance of the app. Read more here…
[May 19, 2023]
Samsung Clock app is getting a May 2023 update with version 12.2.08.4 and an installation package size of 25.82 MB. The update brings general improvements to enhance the overall performance of the app. The update is compatible with Galaxy devices running on Android 13-based One UI. You can install the update through Galaxy Store or download it directly from third party source link mentioned here.
[March 12, 2023]
Samsung Clock app is getting a new update with version 184.108.40.206. The new update fixes some issues to improve the stability of the app. You can install the latest update to get a better experience.
- Updated Package size: 24.31 MB
- Download: Link
[February 26, 2023]
Samsung is releasing another February 2023 update for Clock with version 12.2.07.0. The update brings common issues to enhance the overall performance.
- Updated package size: 25.71 MB
- Download: Link
[February 09, 2023]
- Samsung Clock 12.2.06.4 Update – Link
[February 04, 2023]
Samsung Clock is getting a new update with version 12.2.03.0, which enhances some functions of the app. The installation package size of this update is 33.45 MB, you can install the update through Galaxy Store or download it directly from the link mentioned below.
- Samsung Clock 12.2.03.0 Update – APKMirror
[January 05, 2023]
Samsung is releasing a January 2023 update for its clock app. The update improves the font style and background color of the Clock widget as well as enhances the timer end notification function.
— Samsung Software Updates (@SamsungSWUpdate) January 5, 2023
December 24, 2022
Samsung Clock 12.2.02.8 update is now available for Galaxy users on Galaxy Store. The update improves snooze notifications and timers in landscape view to enhance the experience of users.
- Updated Package Size: 35.13 MB
- Compatibility: Android 13-based One UI 5.0
- Download: Link
November 03, 2022
Samsung Clock app getting version 12.2.02.7 via Galaxy Store. The refresh update brings general improvements and fixes to the application for better performance and stability. Read the full story here…
October 18, 2022
Samsung is releasing the October 2022 update for the Clock app with version 12.2.00.52. The new update brings some common issues to enhance the overall performance of the app. Read more here…
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