Messaging services can be a useful alternative to your standard SMS messaging on your smartphone. While a standard text message uses your carrier plan, a messaging app only uses WiFi and is completely independent, which means you won’t actually need a plan from a carrier to use it. These are also useful if you want to message simultaneously on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and they often have a ton of extra features that your standard text messaging app simply won’t have.
We’ve compiled some of the best and most popular apps available to give you a few to test out.
Today, Facebook launched its own virtual personal assistant called “M” accessible through the Facebook Messenger app. The virtual assistant is powered by both artificial-inteligence and real humans which allows it to answer questions and complete complex tasks that current personal assistants cannot. Read more
Facebook has announced they are rolling out a new set of features for Pages and their admins to be able to communicate with with followers using the platforms private messaging function. The new tools will make it easier for customers to contact a business using a private message while giving Page admins more tools to manage their responses. Read more
Google updated its Messenger app today to version 1.4 and brought new minor improvements along the way. You will now have the ability to send fun little animated stickers and share your location in a quicker and easier way. Read more
Want to use one of the best messaging apps but don’t have a Facebook account? Then go ahead and use Facebook’s Messenger. The app was updated to allow those without Facebook accounts to take advantage of a slew of Messenger’s features, such as sending photos and videos, placing video and voice calls, and sharing stickers. Facebook only requires you to connect your phone number.
The account-less sign up for Messenger is active in the United States, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela.
Fans of games on Facebook will likely be interested in knowing that fun times could be coming to the Messenger app that Facebook makes available for users. Since the launch of Messenger, third party apps have mostly been limited to those that enhance the communication aspects of the platform, giving users things like emojis, the ability to send sound clips, gif support and similar functions. Reports indicate uptake has been slow for these apps, so Facebook is planning to start pushing for games to expand to the platform in hopes of giving developers something a little “stickier” and with higher revenue potential. Read more
Google has just updated the Messenger app for Android, which brings the much needed quick reply feature for texts. With this update, you will finally be able to reply to an incoming SMS right from the notifications tray, saving you the trouble of having to manually open the Messenger app to draft your reply. Read more
Facebook is rolling out a new feature to their Messenger platform to take on the likes of Skype and other video chatting services. You’ll now be able to make video calls to your friends through Messenger, offering a completely platform agnostic way to keep in touch with friends and family.
Sure, Hangouts and Skype both offer easy ways to video chat with people on other operating systems, but it involves swapping usernames and sometimes downloading appropriate apps. Facebook has its foot in the door, as a vast majority of its users have Facebook already installed, and a good chunk of them are using its Messenger service. Read more
In case you didn’t know, Facebook is hosting their own developer conference this week. It’s called F8, and it will reveal new stuff regarding not only Facebook, but Instagram, Parse, Oculus, and LiveRail too.
On the Facebook side of things, they announced Messenger Platform, which gives the Messenger app its own ecosystem for creating and sharing content. They are launching a Messenger App Store, which will host about 40 new apps that work within the Messenger application. Users will be able to purchase and download these apps from within the Messenger app. These apps will allow you do utilize GIFs, video, audio clips, and more in an effort to enhance your conversations.