Google RCS messaging to be used by businesses to make messages better

Google RCS messaging businesses

Google has been pushing Rich Communication Services for awhile now, and now it’s getting some more support behind its effort.

Google confirmed today that businesses like 1-800 Contacts, 1-800-Flowers.com, Booking.com, SnapTravel, and Subway are all collaborating to send RCS-enabled messages. These messages can include much more info than a traditional text message and be better formatted, too, easily showing you images, info like a hotel check-in time, addresses, and more.

RCS messaging is coming to more businesses in more regions in the coming months, says Google. There are currently 43 carriers and device makers working with Google on RCS.

When texting your friends, RCS has benefits like letting you see when other people are typing, delivery receipts, and an increased photo and video sharing limit of 10MB. RCS messaging has benefits for businesses, too, making it easier for you to get info on orders and reservations, buy items, and more, all without leaving your messaging app.

Google’s Android Messages app supports RCS, and so you’ll need that app installed to get this RCS experience.

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Apple said to be upgrading AirPods with ‘Hey Siri’ & better water resistance

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Gabi gets $9.5M to help car and home owners find better insurance once it’s available

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 If you own a car or home, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is finding the right insurance plan that’ll cover everything you need and save you some money — but those plans are always changing, and consumers are getting stuck footing a bill they don’t necessarily need, according to Hanno Fichtner. That’s why he started Gabi, which gives car and home owners… Read More
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Say hello to a better way to pay, by Google

Fast, simple checkout. Easy access to rewards and offers. One spot for purchases, passes, and payment methods. All of these are ways we’ve been working to make paying safer and easier for everyone, everywhere. And you can make the most of these features with the new Google Pay app for Android.

The app, which begins rolling out today, is just one part of everything we’ve got planned. We’re currently working on bringing Google Pay to all Google products, so whether you’re shopping on Chrome or with your Assistant, you’ll have a consistent checkout experience using the cards saved to your Google Account. We’re also working with partners online and in stores, so you’ll see Google Pay on sites, in apps, and at your favorite places around the world.

As we continue to expand to even more devices and services, the new app offers an exciting glimpse of what’s to come. Here’s a closer look.

Helpful info while you shop

Google Pay’s new Home tab gives you the info you need, right when you need it. See your recent purchases, find nearby stores, enjoy easy access to rewards, and get helpful tips.

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A new spot for your stuff

The Cards tab is an easy way to keep everything you need at checkout organized and at the ready. It’s where you’ll store your credit and debit cards, loyalty programs, offers, and even that stack of gift cards from last year’s birthday.

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A faster way to pay your fare

Use Google Pay on transit in cities such as Kiev, London, and Portland (with more coming soon), and stop worrying about your pass once and for all. Now all you need at the turnstile is the device that’s already in your hand. 

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Google security and encryption

Like all Google products, Google Pay comes with strong security protections to safeguard your account and personal data from security threats. In other words, it’s got your back.

All your favorite features

Longtime Android Pay fans, fear not: the features you love aren’t going away. You’ll still get all your bank’s perks and protections, plus an extra layer of security, since Google Pay doesn’t share your actual card number when you pay in stores. And those online payment forms that take forever to fill out? Just choose Google Pay at checkout and pay with a few quick clicks instead.

And more features are coming. If you live in the U.S. or the UK, you’ll be able to use it to send and request money within the next few months. In the meantime, the Wallet app is now called Google Pay Send, and we’re giving it a fresh coat of paint to go with the Google Pay brand.

Want to accept Google Pay for your app, site or business? If you’re a developer, you can work with our processor partners and find all the tools you need on our developer site. And if you’re a business owner building a site for yourself, we’ve partnered with Shopify to make integration even easier.

Ready to try the Google Pay app? Get it on Google Play today.


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The WyzeCam is a $20 security camera, and it just got better

I’ve never owned a security camera, so don’t quote me as an expert, but I’ve been reading some WyzeCam reviews this afternoon and they’re a little astonishing: a good, functional, easy-to-use, and feature-rich streaming security camera for $ 20.

Well, now there’s a sequel.

The WyzeCam v2 still costs $ 20, but now it has a better camera sensor for improved day and night vision, better audio quality (WyzeCam supports two-way audio), and motion-tagging tech to detect and outline motion in its footage.

The basics of the camera are unchanged, including 1080p recording, a free 14 days of rolling cloud storage, continuous microSD recording (you supply the microSD card), time lapse, and, of course, an app.

According to Engadget, a…

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