Best text messaging apps [2015]

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If you’re tired of the native texting app on your smartphone, Google Play has a plethora of great alternatives. When choosing a new solution you need to be careful, as not all of them incorporate SMS. The Play Store is filled with apps for messaging services that lack any SMS integration. Many options disguise themselves as a text messaging app when they are actually an instant messenger, which would require you to get your friends and family on-board to put it to use.

That, of course, limits our scope quite a bit. But there are still plenty of great options out there, some even built by Google itself. Be sure to check them all out below and find the one for your needs.

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Messenger no longer asks for a Facebook account

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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.

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Facebook Messenger games coming to platform soon

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

Facebook Messenger takes on Skype and Hangouts with video calling feature

facebook messenger video callingFacebook 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

Facebook adds a slew of new features to the Messenger app

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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.

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Facebook announces money transferring for Messenger

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Soon, Facebook Messenger will expand to a messaging service that allows money transferring. The social network announced today that users will be able to conveniently and securely send or receive money between friends. Simply add a Visa or MasterCard debit card and setup a PIN to start transferring money. Since security has become increasingly important, especially when it comes to financial items, Facebook says that login approvals can be added for another layer of authentication.

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