Tag: Messaging Apps

Teens Now Using Google Docs As Chat App

Some teenagers have discovered a way to turn Google Docs into a makeshift messaging app. They would take advantage of the different collaborative features of the online office suite to secretly chat with each other.

Google March 16, 2019

Google Apparently Shutting Down Messaging App Allo Soon

According to new rumors, Google will soon pull the plug on its messaging app Allo two years after introducing the product to the public. Apparently, the team working on Allo is now focusing on Android Messages instead.

Apps/Software December 6, 2018

WhatsApp To Combat Spam, Scams, And Fake News With New 'Forwarded' Label

WhatsApp introduced a new feature aimed to curb the spread of fake news, spam, and scams. Look for the new 'forwarded' label and think twice whether to pass the message along.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

Facebook Messenger Getting Autoplay Video Ads In Private Conversations

Facebook has reportedly started rolling out autoplay video ads in Messenger on Monday, June 18. The company will monitor user reactions to see whether the change is a turn-off.

Apps/Software June 20, 2018

RIP Yahoo Messenger (1998-2018): Oath Shuts It Down On July 17

Oath revealed that Yahoo Messenger is closing down after 20 years. It launched in 1998 as Yahoo Pager and it was a popular messaging service at the time.

Internet June 8, 2018

Facebook Messenger Monitors Users' Messages, But For Good Reason

Facebook went under fire for scanning users' conversations on Messenger, but it reportedly has a good reason for it. The company says Facebook Messenger values users' privacy, but it does monitor certain types of content to keep things clean.

Apps/Software April 6, 2018

Google Is Testing A Robot To Reply To Text Messages From Friends

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

Google Wants To Bring Its Smart Replies To All Your Other Messaging Apps

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

Google Could Soon Let Users Text From The Web With Android Messages

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

WhatsApp Business App Hits US And Other Select Markets: Here's How It Works

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 Launches Privacy-Focused Messenger App For Kids To Chat With Parental Approval

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 Now Lets You ‘Undo’ Messages Sent By Mistake, Saving You From Potential Embarrassment

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

ReplyASAP Freezes Your Kid’s Smartphone Until They Reply: Parents, You’ll No Longer Be Ignored

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 Adds Quick Replies, New Photo Features And More

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 Skype App Gets Major Redesign, Looking More Like Snapchat: What's New? [Video]

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 To Add Secret Chats With Self-Destruct Timer, Screenshot Alert, And No Forward Option

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

How To Use Messenger Day, Facebook’s Copycat Feature Like Snapchat Stories

Facebook Messenger now has its own Snapchat Stories feature. Here’s how to use “My Day.”

Apps/Software March 9, 2017

Viber To Launch A New Social Shopping Experience Directly In Chats

Viber users will soon be able to shop directly in chats with the launch of this new feature.

Apps/Software February 23, 2017

Secure Messaging: Signal App Update Adds Encrypted Video Calls Beta And More

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 Live Location Sharing

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 Gets Increased Media Sharing Limit And Queued Messages Without Internet

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

Dumb WhatsApp Scam Spreads Malware, Touting 'Free Internet' Without Wi-Fi: Beware

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

WhatsApp Cuts Down Supported Mobile Devices: Android 2.1 And 2.2, iOS 6, And More No Longer Work

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 Allo Ups Emoji Game: Update Brings Smart Emoji Button, Fantastic Beasts Stickers And Chat Themes

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 Launches Public Accounts For Businesses And Brands To Improve Customer Service

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

WhatsApp Clones Snapchat Creative Tools: Enhance WhatsApp Photos And Videos With Writing, Doodles And Emoji

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

New Messaging App Yodel Takes On Snapchat With Group Stories

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 Reaches 5 Million Downloads On Google Play In A Week

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 Steps Up Its Game With GIF Making Tool, Stylish Masks And Trending Stickers

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

Despite Privacy Concerns, Google Allo Scored More Than 1 Million Downloads Already

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

Edward Snowden Warns Against Google Surveillance: 'Don't Use Allo'

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

Tinder Stacks For iOS 10's iMessage Starts Rolling Out, And It Involves A Lot Of Swiping But No Dating

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 Now Has More Than 20,000 Bots, With Users Exchanging 1.8 Billion Messages With Them

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

WhatsApp May Not Be So Secure: Messages For iOS Aren’t Really Deleted

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

New Voicemail Feature May Finally Be Coming To WhatsApp Soon

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

9 Messaging Apps With End-to-End Encryption: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, iMessage And More

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 Never Be The Same: Here’s Why The Messaging App Is Ruined

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 Wants Users To Never Leave With New Message Buttons Feature

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 Gboard iPhone Keyboard Now Available In UK And Australia

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 Messenger Gets A Makeover: Here’s The New Home Screen Look And Features

Facebook announced a redesign to the home screen in Messenger to now include more features.

Apps/Software June 16, 2016

Snapchat's Redesign Update Will Make Users Fall In Love With Discover And Live All Over Again

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 Orders Foreign Social Media And Messaging Apps To Store Data Within Its Borders

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

Top Messaging Apps For Android: WhatsApp Most Popular In 109 Countries, BBM Now Dominant Just In Indonesia

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 Spaces vs. Slack: Which Group Messaging App Has The Better Features

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

YouTube Native Messaging Feature Will Let You Browse Videos And Chat Within The App

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

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