When we first saw the mock up for the new Nexus, there was a messaging icon that was unexplainably there. With Hangouts being Google’s all-encompassing go-to messaging app, especially after the addition of Google Voice, it kind of seems like another messaging app would be a wasted effort but it appears that Google is working on one nonetheless. However before you go off thinking that this will be a whole new Hangouts it appears that this is will be tested in emerging markets and be similar to WhatsApp.
If you use Kik Messenger, we have some good news for you.
Due to a recent partnership between location tracking service Glympse and Kik, you’ll now be able to share your location with the person you’re chatting with. You can also request a location from a friend through the app, using Glympse’s software.
Samsung’s messaging app, ChatOn, is getting a pretty large update today with a few new features. One of the most prominent features is the addition of the ability to delete a message after it has been sent, even if the recipient has already read it. This is a nice privacy feature, but it can also be useful if you accidentally text a wrong number, too.
That’s not the only feature new to ChatOn, though. The service will now allow file transfers up to 1 GB in size (up to 5 times a day), enhanced location sharing with contacts thanks to Glympse integration, group chats that can hold up to 1000 participants, and some translation improvements.
Keep an eye out for the update on your Samsung devices.
Hangouts has taken the Android messaging system by storm since its release a few months back. It’s a great application that we’re sure will continue to catch on as future builds of Android are released.
However, there was always something missing: a widget.
Twitter will apparently be looking to revamp and push their direct messaging service to compete with other apps like Hangouts, WhatsApp, and Apple’s iMessage in the near future. Considering Twitter is primarily about sharing things with the public, it’s easy to see how their DM system has been pushed to the back for years. Twitter has already been testing the waters by allowing users to message each other without following each other, and they’re also considering a standalone app for the service, similar to Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts.
If Twitter plans on taking this seriously, I think they’re going to find that the market for messaging apps is pretty crowded. They’ll have to contend with Snapchat, which offers extremely private picture messaging, Google’s Hangouts and Apple’s iMessage (and even Samsung’s ChatOn to an extent) that offer cross-platform messaging, Facebook’s already-well-established Messenger app that integrates with text messaging via Chat Heads, the return of BlackBerry’s BBM, WhatsApp, Line, etc… You get the picture. These apps are all too common in the mobile phone market, and only a select few manage to take a top spot and hang on to it.
BlackBerry is finally nearing the release of their well-known BlackBerry Messenger app in the Play Store. In an interview with Reuters, BlackBerry’s chief marketing officer Frank Boulben said that the service should land “‘within days.’” According to an open letter released today, “6 million Android and iPhone customers pre-registered for the launch.” This is what could give the struggling company a dire boost. Their past relevancy could prove to be crucial for people installing and using the BBM regularly. And if all else fails, BlackBerry may find itself being bought out by another tech giant.
WhatsApp is definitely one of the most popular messaging platforms, and there’s alot of them out there. The company announced that they have surpassed 300 million active users, and 11 billion messages and 325 million photos are sent each day. To build on this growth, WhatsApp has announced an important new feature to their client. Push-to-talk voice messaging has been rolled out, so Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Nokia Symbian users can now easily share voice messages via their respective apps.
To use voice messaging, tap and hold the microphone button, which you can see above, and record your message. Once the message has been sent, the microphone will turn green for the voice messages not listened to, or blue for messages that have been heard. It’s an important new feature for a service that has many emerging competitors.
According to T-Mobile UK, Blackberry Messenger is slated to arrive on Android and iOS on June 27. When Blackberry first announced that they would be making their popular messaging client available on other devices, the only time frame they gave for a release was “this summer.” Once released, the app will be free, and contain features like group messaging, voice chat, and screen share. The only problem for Blackberry is that there are dozens of other very popular, feature-filled messaging apps out there right now that they will have to compete with.
Through the tweet we also got our first look at the UI of the app, and I’m quite disappointed. Compare the screenshot above to Google Hangouts, which is supposed to be a competitor to BBM. This doesn’t even look like Android. The font is archaic, the text is sized oddly, and all in all it is extremely bland, though we’ll have to see what the official release looks like before completely making a decision. Let us know, do you have plans to use BBM once it’s launched for Android?
The Tweet has been pulled. Apparently the rep was tweeting about a rumored date, not an official date.
Yesterday we reported on rumors that Google may be looking to purchase the popular messaging app WhatsApp. According to WhatsApp business guy Neeraj Arora, sales talks with Google are not being held. Arora says there are no plans, or even discussions, at this time around Google buying WhatsApp for approximately $1 billion. Other than denying the rumors, Arora provided no other information. Next week WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum is schedule to speak at a conference in New York City. Hopefully he will be able to share some new information about the future direction and plans of the company in light of these recent rumors as well as last December’s rumored buyout by Facebook.