Google latest acquisition is the instant messaging company, Emu, that left beta status earlier this year. Emu set itself apart from other messaging services by allowing users to use voice controls to do things like set calendar appointments and other tasks, not unlike a Google Now or Siri. Not only that, but Emu used contextual information from the conversations you were having to make recommendations on things like restaurants or places of interest that you might enjoy.
Skype has just gotten updated to include the testing of video voicemail functionality for its users. As it stands now, the new feature formally allows users to create and record video voicemails of up to 3 minutes in length that can be sent to individuals around the world. There is a noteworthy catch to this awesome feature though friends— it’s reported that the video voicemails is seemingly a paid feature because while pricing hasn’t been announced, the Skype app all users are given 20 free video messages to begin, perhaps indicating that users of the premium Skype service will be able to send more video messages as opposed to a limited number.
As mentioned before, the new feature is currently in testing— but should be available for most, if not all users— so all you Skype folk be sure to grab the latest update today in order to try out the cool feature. You’ll be glad you did.
Skype for Android has been given a breathe of life today as a new update has officially brought portrait calling to tablet users. The majority of the application still doesn’t support portrait mode, though this is unquestionably a step in the right direction. Previously, users with top-mounted front facing cameras would be forced to use the tablet in landscape, inevitably creating a strange camera angle. Also included in the update is a slew of much-needed bug fixes, as well as a swath of languages including Norwegian, Portuguese and UK English. Be sure to hit the break to grab the new version from the Play Store.
It’s no secret that there are plenty of instant messenger applications out there. Practically every company has their own chat service, each with its own client. The ones that tend to get my attention, however, are the clients that allow for multiple services to be run through one app. IM+ is one of the more popular of such apps, and it has received an update to bring it up to version 4.1.5. The key improvements are as follows:
- VKontakte and Yandex IM networks added (Cheers to our users from Russia!)
- New splendid emoticons
- Integration with Android Address Book
- New Compact Mode UI to fit smaller displays
- Ability to disable notifications in status bar
- DND status
- Improved IM+ Toast alerts
- Japanese localization
- Fixed fast battery draining //IM+ free
- Many bugfixes and performance optimizations
If you already have this app, be sure and grab the update, and if you don’t but it sounds appealing, drop by the market and download it.