How SMS is being outclassed, and how you can ditch traditional texting

Texting, messaging, SMS. All names for arguably the most common way people keep in touch with each other nowadays.

Traditionally, carrier SMS (short message service) has been the dominant messaging platform for mobile users. It actually has a few benefits that more modern messaging services have yet to match:

  • Available to anyone with a mobile phone, even if it’s not a smartphone
  • Does not require a data plan (again, mostly beneficial to those without a smartphone)
  • Peace of mind—you can know that if you send a message to someone, they have the capabilities to receive it, and will (unless they specifically have SMS blocked through their carrier)

Those are pretty important advantages, but since consumers are flocking to smartphones en masse, the options have opened up and alternate services have come in to offer a better experience and more features.

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How to update your Android Nexus device without waiting for the OTA update

Nexus devices carry one big advantage over most all of the other Android devices; updates to the latest Android version are available for them first (most of the time).

However, as many Android users know, Google uses a staged rollout system for both their app updates as well as their system updates. This means that not all users get the update at the same time. Google says this allows them to make sure that the update is working how it should before they deploy it to everyone. For some of us, we just want the update as soon as we can get it.

That’s where Nexus Factory Images come in. These are the full Android package for Nexus devices, and they are available to download well before most people get the over-the-air (OTA) update pushed to them. Even better, it is incredibly easy to use these images to update your device on your own!

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