Google is testing a robot to respond to messages from friends and family members via Facebook, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Skype, and Twitter. Called Reply, the latest feature will make it easier for smartphone owners to focus on the real world.
Google February 14, 2018
A development team inside Google’s Area 120 incubator wants to bring Smart Reply to a variety of third-party messaging apps. Pretty soon, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and other apps will offer smart automated replies.
Google February 14, 2018
A future version of Android Messages could allow users to pair their smartphones with their PCs and send texts from the web. More features are in the works, an APK teardown suggests.
Apps/Software February 9, 2018
The standalone WhatsApp Business app has officially launched in five markets, including the United States. Here's what you need to know about its tolls, perks, availability, and more.
Apps/Software January 18, 2018
Facebook has launched a standalone Messenger Kids app specifically designed to let kids under 13 talk to approved contacts. The app is privacy-focused, and parents are in control. The kids don't even have their own Facebook account.
Apps/Software December 4, 2017
WhatsApp users can now delete messages seven minutes after sending them, preventing potentially awkward things from happening. However, the app’s new delete feature includes plenty of caveats to keep in mind.
Apps/Software October 29, 2017
Frustrated about his son ignoring him, a dad created a messaging app that is both annoying and useful at the same time. It’s called ReplyASAP, an app you can’t close or silence until you respond to the message.
Apps/Software August 23, 2017
WhatsApp for iOS got a new update, bringing new features to enhance the experience. The latest app version now sports quick replies, photo albums, and filters for images, videos, and GIFs.
Apps/Software June 7, 2017
Microsoft has rebuilt Skype from the ground up and the new version now looks more like Snapchat, with a number of tricks up its sleeve. Here's what's new.
Apps/Software June 2, 2017
Viber has reportedly been working on a 'secret chats' feature that allows for entire conversations with a self-destruct timer. Moreover, forwarding secret chats will not be possible and users will also be able to block taking screenshots.
Apps/Software March 11, 2017
Facebook Messenger now has its own Snapchat Stories feature. Here’s how to use “My Day.”
Apps/Software March 9, 2017
Viber users will soon be able to shop directly in chats with the launch of this new feature.
Apps/Software February 23, 2017
Open Whisper Systems just released a new update for secure messaging app Signal for both Android and iOS. Among the highlights, the update includes an open beta for encrypted video calls.
Apps/Software February 15, 2017
WhatsApp could soon support a new feature - Live Location sharing - according to leaks. The alleged feature will enable users to share live information on their location with those on their contact list.
Apps/Software January 28, 2017
WhatsApp for iPhone just got a cool new update, adding a number of neat features. Users can now queue messages when they're offline, send more media at once, and enjoy a redesigned and more useful Storage Usage feature.
Apps/Software January 25, 2017
A new WhatsApp scam is making rounds, touting 'free internet' without Wi-Fi. The scam requires users to forward the message to 13 friends or 5 groups to activate the offer, but it just brings malware.
Security January 15, 2017
The Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp will no longer work for some mobile platforms as the company said it will focus on widely used operating systems. Windows Phone 7 and iOS 6 users are some of the affected patrons due to the company's decision.
Apps/Software January 3, 2017
Google has added a new update to Allo, its smart messaging app for Android and iOS. Users can now enjoy a smart emoji button that offers emoji and sticker predictions, as well as new chat themes to spice things up.
Google November 16, 2016
Viber just launched a cool new feature with its latest update for iOS and Android. With Public Accounts, Viber now allows for easier communication between businesses and customers.
Apps/Software November 10, 2016
If imitation is a form of flattery, Snapchat should be proud. WhatsApp's latest update just copied Snapchat's creative tools, now allowing users to write, doodle or add emojis to photos and videos.
Apps/Software October 4, 2016
Yodel is the new ephemeral messaging app that is taking on Snapchat (now called Snap) by allowing users to collaborate on Group Stories.
Apps/Software October 3, 2016
Google Allo debuted barely a week ago, but it already raked in over 5 million downloads on the Play Store. The numbers are quite impressive in light of the data collection and privacy concerns surrounding the smart messaging app from Google.
Apps/Software September 30, 2016
Telegram begins the rollout of a big update that allows users to overlay masks and stickers on photos as well as create GIFs easily. The update relies on a proprietary technology that can recognize faces.
Apps/Software September 27, 2016
Google Allo made its debut just a few days ago, but it already raked in more than 1 million installs on Google Play. The number may not be as high as that of Google Duo, but it's still impressive considering the controversy Allo stirred over data collection and privacy concerns.
Google September 25, 2016
Want a messaging app with a side of surveillance? That's Google Allo for you, according to Edward Snowden, who warns against using the app.
Apps/Software September 22, 2016
The popular dating app is bringing its infamous swiping gesture to iMessage. Called Tinder Stacks, it lets anyone create a series of photos in a stack and have friends vote on what they prefer by swiping left or right.
Apps/Software September 22, 2016
Kik revealed it now has more than 20,000 chatbots currently in its app, with users exchanging about 1.8 billion messages with them.
Apps/Software August 4, 2016
Even though users deleted messages from WhatsApp, an iOS security researcher found that the record of these chats aren’t really deleted from the app.
Apps/Software July 29, 2016
The latest update to the beta version of WhatsApp for Android finally includes a voicemail feature. This means that the option to leave voice messages may be released to the public soon.
Apps/Software July 21, 2016
Facebook Messenger is the latest messaging app to use end-to-end encryption. Here are nine apps that offer E2EE to keep messages out of prying eyes.
Apps/Software July 9, 2016
Snapchat will roll out a new feature called Memories. This will allow users to save snaps, which may very well ruin the 'disappearing' messaging app.
Apps/Software July 7, 2016
Slack launched a new button feature that allows users to complete tasks like hiring employees, booking flights and approving expenses directly from the messaging window without having to leave.
Apps/Software June 22, 2016
Google’s Gboard iOS keyboard has reached users in Australia and the United Kingdom. The embedded search function makes texting communication much more entertaining, and emojis and GIFs are invited to the party.
Apps/Software June 17, 2016
Facebook announced a redesign to the home screen in Messenger to now include more features.
Apps/Software June 16, 2016
Snapchat began rolling out an update on Tuesday that includes a redesign to its Discover and Live Stories sections.
Apps/Software June 7, 2016
Iran announced new measures for foreign social media and messaging apps operating in the country. Such apps have one year to transfer their data within Iranian borders, which would imply establishing data centers in the country.
Internet May 30, 2016
A new study based on Android data from 187 countries puts WhatsApp at the top in 109 countries. BlackBerry's BBM, meanwhile, remains dominant in just one country: Indonesia.
Apps/Software May 25, 2016
Google launched its new group-sharing app called Spaces. Here's how it compares with the group-messaging app Slack.
Apps/Software May 17, 2016
Google-owned YouTube wants to stay ahead of its rivals, and it has deployed a new means to do so. A messaging app embedded into the mobile YouTube app will give users the ability to communicate with their friends while video-watching.
Apps/Software May 12, 2016
The message app WhatsApp is reportedly working on QR codes and NFC tag functionalities that would allow users to send group invites.
Apps/Software May 6, 2016
Giving kids a chance to reach out to others anonymously is one thing but exposing them to sexual predators is definitely another. Unfortunately, the kid-friendly Kik app does both without providing actual security.
Apps/Software April 29, 2016
Viber flipped the switch for end-to-end encryption on Wednesday, but experts worried it may have used the cryptographically insecure MD5 algorithm. In response, Viber said that it did not use MD5, and it will not offer any backdoors under any circumstance in any country.
Apps/Software April 21, 2016
Facebook launched a group-calling feature for its Messenger’s Android and iOS apps. Users can now phone up to 50 people simultaneously over an Internet connection.
Apps/Software April 21, 2016
Slack beta users on iOS and Android will be able to call team members. Here's how to use the new feature.
Apps/Software April 11, 2016
Facebook Messenger is reportedly rolling out a new feature today that allows users to start chatting with friends by using scannable codes.
Apps/Software April 7, 2016