CyanogenMod has just made an announcement that takes its security and privacy thrust to the next level. In the coming nightly builds, the team will be integrating a new WhisperPush feature that will allow CyanogenMod users to have the option to send and receive encrypted SMS.
A vulnerability has been discovered in Nexus phones, which could render them useless. By sending a particular type of SMS message, the phone is forced to reboot and, in some instances, reconnect to the mobile data service. With that, users may not know their device hasn’t reconnected, essentially making it useless for a period of time.
AT&T and T-Mobile, today announced their commitment to stop scammers in their tracks who utilize their networks' premium SMS services for less than honorable purposes. Though it will take some time to fully implement, this is the first step in ending scams that have robbed customers of varying amounts of money in the past years, some reaching even $10 a month.
Facebook is now making available its long-tested new features for Android and iOS. Once the update hits users, they will be greeted not only with a fresh new look but with the ability to send messages to non-Facebook contacts via SMS.
Google+ Hangouts. Sending a flood of the popular emoji faces in a chat could crash the Hangouts app and prevent logging backing in, practically rendering the app useless and causing tears and pouts more than smiles.
Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5 was met with a generally positive response, not all changes have been met with open arms. Those who do not share Google's vision of a unified messaging app now have a way out with the 8sms messing app that has just been updated on Google Play Store.
Google tries its best to provide sensible default applications that cater to a generic populace but, as always, there will always be other apps that offer more or better features. In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google will be changing the rules a bit for third-party SMS apps that will, hopefully, make things easier for both developers and users.