Samsung’s ChatOn gets updated with larger file transfers, message deletion, and location sharing

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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.

Source: SamMobile

Share Vines and chat away with the new Vine messaging feature

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These days, people will do anything to get into the messaging arena. Vine is ready to step forward and throw on some gloves to start fighting. Soon, the social network famous for its six second video clips will be adding a messaging component to combine its core feature with regular messaging. The exact name for the feature will be ‘Vine message’ or ‘VM’ for short.

Rather than requiring people to have a Vine account, Vine messages can be sent to non-Vine users as a video message to anyone in your contacts. For now, though, group messaging is not possible. If you choose to send a Vine to multiple people at once, the amount of recipients is the amount of conversations that will be started. Also, changing the color of your profile is a new feature included with the latest update.

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Twitter plans to redesign and push its direct messaging system to compete with other instant messaging services

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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.

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BBM should be available in the Play Store “within days”

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blackberry_messenger_androidBlackBerry 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.

Source: Reuters

Voice messaging arrives on WhatsApp

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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.

Source: MobileSyrup

 

Blackberry Messenger arriving on Android on June 27 [update - probably not]

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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?

Update:

The Tweet has been pulled. Apparently the rep was tweeting about a rumored date, not an official date.

Source: @TMobileUK

WhatsApp says no deal with Google is in the works

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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.

source: AllThingsD

Verizon Messages update enables all devices for messages

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Verizon released an update to their Verizon Messages app today to help make messaging easier for their customers. The new update introduces an integrated messaging service that lets users send and receive messages from their phone, tablet or the web using their wireless phone number. The new update also adds an auto reply function and Verizon will save messages in the cloud for up to 90 days. » Read the rest

Unified messaging feature to make possible debut in Chrome OS

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We’ve seen Google push more and more for complete desktop and mobile integration through it’s popular browser, Chrome. Now, we’ve got a sneak peek at some brand new features to be debuted in Chrome OS, including some new notifications and an unnamed icon sitting pretty in the task bar. The notifications appear to pull from both Google+ and Google Voice, cleanly keeping everything in one place. As far as that mysterious icon goes, we don’t have much information on it, but since Google has a plethora of different communication apps in their portfolio, it isn’t too much of a stretch to assume it’s going to tie all of those together, or consolidate them. Personally, I think getting an application to text via your PC built into Android natively would be a great addition.

source: The Verge

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