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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Shepard man, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Shepard man

    Shepard man Lurker
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    My girl and I recently came back to Android after 2 years..just got a couple Galaxy S4's. While we are enjoying them, we both miss the feature from iPhone where you can see when someone is typing a message or if they've been read.

    I did some searching but didn't come across anything blatantly obvious but is there a setting I can turn on or an app to download that'll do the same thing?

    Thanks and glad to be back!

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  2. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    You mean for SMS? You can't do that for SMS. That's a feature only available for online chatting (iPhone uses iMessage so it's technically online). Viber has that feature, as well as several chat apps that use the internet
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  3. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    I think on Hangouts you can see it but as chan says, not for actual SMS, i think thats impossible on any phone :thumbup:
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  4. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert

    For it to work the person on the other end would need to be using a compatible program.

    It's sort of like 15 or so years ago, when a friend mentioned she wanted a video phone so she could see who she was calling, and I let her know the other side would need to have a video phone too. ;)
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  5. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

    Whatsapp does this
  6. Stuntman

    Stuntman Android Expert

    I can see the other person typing when using WhatsApp and only on non-group messages.

    Different third party messaging apps may do this, but only if you are all using that particular proprietary messaging app. Apple uses iMessage and if you are communicating with someone else using iMessage, you can see the typing status. If you use iMessage to communicate via SMS to someone not using iMessage for SMS, you cannot see if the other person is typing.
  7. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    I think the thing people should understand is that SMS is different from instant messaging. Sms is the same thing thats been around since long before smartphones, it isnt live and doesnt use the internet, it just sends a short message.
    IM like imessage, whatsapp, kik, hangouts etc are live and connected and need the internet to work :thumbup:
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  8. Shepard man

    Shepard man Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks so much! Me and the soon-to-be little missus both downloaded Viber and are now set.

    Thanks for the tip!

    Thanks for the info.

    I'll be sure to keep that app in mind for the future. Thank you very much.

    That makes sense. Thank you!

    Thanks for the information!
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  9. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Congratulations mate :beer::beer::)
  10. dubfreaKs

    dubfreaKs Newbie

    Use whatsapp
  11. PaulS

    PaulS Android Enthusiast

    Just thought I'd add that me and one of me pals use gmail chat on PCs but can also use it on our phones using hangouts and you see see what the other person is typing.Also this does not use txt allowance as it's an Internet chat system :)

    HTH :)

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