Facebook Messenger app adds video sending

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Facebook has updated their Messenger mobile app to add video sharing. Clips of up to 15 seconds can now be recorded and sent to your friends. All you have to do is tap the camera icon and hold the send button to begin recording your message.

That’s not all that comes in version 6.0, however. There’s a new feature called “Big Likes,” that allow you to press and hold the thumbs up icon to send an even bigger thumbs up sign, if that’s more your style.  The update is available in the Play Store via the link past the break.

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If you don’t have Facebook Messenger installed now, you will very soon

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Those of you that rely on the Facebook app for your chats won’t be able to much longer if Facebook follows through on their plan. Facebook has notified users in a few European countries that messaging friends in the Facebook app will stop in about 2 weeks. Users will still be able to message their friends, but they will have to download and install the Facebook Messenger app in order to do so.

This doesn’t appear to be a “test” and is the long term plan for Facebook. You can expect this change to hit every country, but there are a few caveats. Those with lower-end Android devices won’t be required to use Messenger. Also, for whatever reason, Windows phone users will still be able to see messages in the Facebook app. Finally, the Paper newsreader app (not on Android yet) will still show messages.

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WhatsApp to bring voice calling to Android and iOS in Q2 2014

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WhatsApp, under new management from Facebook, has shifted course slightly on its 2014 roadmap. At MWC this year, CEO of the company, Jan Koum, announced that WhatsApp users would be seeing a new feature rolled out in the next few months: voice calling.

Voice calling will initially become available to Android and iOS users in Q2 of 2014, with BlackBerry and Windows Phone users seeing the addition later on in the year. They didn’t reveal any details about how the voice calling would work, but it’s very likely that it will work like WhatsApp’s normal messaging service in that users will get a free trial period, then have to pay 99 cents per year to keep using it. Of course, if that is the plan, it’s still as cheap as ever. » Read the rest

“Dislike” emoticon released for Facebook Messenger

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The “like” button on Facebook has become an icon for social media, and obviously for Facebook. However, there comes the times where a “dislike” button is needed… but it has never existed… until now… almost.

While an actual “dislike” button still isn’t available, there is now a “dislike” sticker for Messenger. The new sticker is part of a free pack released this week from Facebook and includes a whole bunch of other “thumb illustrations” including a sore thumb, fiery thumb, poke, and more.

You can get the new pack in the “Sticker Store” by going to the smiley face in a Facebook Messenger chat. Happy disliking, everyone!

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Facebook messenger is getting an overhaul, dropping SMS support

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While one tech giant announced the addition of support for SMS text messages in their product today, another has announced they are dropping the option for their product. Facebook announced today they are dropping support for texting with their Facebook Messenger app on Android. While they are dropping the SMS support, Facebook is set to release an update to the app to give it a fresh look and add some features they hope will encourage users to opt for Messenger when communication needs arise. » Read the rest

Blackberry Messenger for Android enters beta-testing stage, screenshots leak

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BBM was originally rumored to hit Android devices by June 27— however, the app looks to be on pace to arrive by the end of the summer, as rumors are coming in reporting that BBM for Android is in beta-testing among a small group of users.

Adam Zeis from Crackberry reported on the matter:

Invitations have gone out for BBM for Android but we’re not sure what the status is with iOS. There were no real details provided with the invites aside from needed at least ICS to run the app … We’ll most likely see more on the actual app very soon now that it’s out in the open so don’t worry too much.

A few images of the app have leaked online which show the new UI— pictures include a sign-in screen, a chats screen, and a menu screen which looks a lot like Blackberry Hub from BB10. Check out the leaked screenshots after the break. » Read the rest

Facebook updates messenger app, adds new stickers

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Today, Facebook has updated their Messenger application to include stickers. Yes, you read that right. Emojis are boring, let’s start using stickers. There’s also support for new sticker packs and a sticker store. So if you’ve been enjoying using Messenger’s chat heads, you can now spice up some of your conversations with some stickers. Is it a huge update? No. But who doesn’t like stickers? Hit the download link below to check it out.

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Facebook Messenger adds chat heads to Android app

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When Facebook announced their new Facebook Home, one feature that actually received a fairly warm reception was the “chat heads” function. The chat heads were floating message notifications that could be opened independently of whatever else a user may be doing in the background on their smartphone. The chat heads show up as a small circle on your screen filled with a user’s profile pic and a number indicator. The chat heads can be moved around, but they stay docked to an edge of the screen. Tapping on them will open a window where you can reply or open the message in the full Messenger app. When you are ready to get rid of the chat head, just drag it down to the bottom of the screen.

You do not need to install Facebook Home to take advantage of the chat heads. Just install or update Facebook Messenger on Android 2.2 and up using one of the Google Play download links below.

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Google Babble Chat Client to Unify Now Fragmented Messaging Platforms

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Google has been working hard to unify their products. Their latest project, combines its currently fragmented messaging platforms under one powerful and effective service. The new initiative, affectionately called “Babble”, will do just that. Currently, Google is maintaining Google Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Drive collaboration, and the pseudo Google Talk for G+. The only two that work even fairly well together are Google Talk for Gmail and G+ and even they can evoke frustration with users from time-to-time.

The Babble cross-platform solution could enable Google to dominate chat services such as iMessage and BlackBerry Messenger. Google is building Babble from the ground up, which may or may not be a blessing depending on how you look at it. On one hand, they will be working from a clean slate and there will be no boundaries as to what they can make the app do. On the other hand, Google will be pushing out another Beta product based on past experiences that may have more bugs than a Louisiana bayou on a hot summer afternoon. We will just have to hope the geeks at Google push out a well polished, well oiled, version of the app on Beta release.  » Read the rest

Microsoft Lync Coming To Android

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Coming to us from TechED in New Zealand, Microsoft is showing off a Lync client for mobile. If you are unfamiliar, Lync is a powerful unified communications system utilized by many businesses. It’s somewhat like an overpowered Windows Live Messenger, but again, intended for business.  The surprising news here is that Microsoft is making their client available to more than just Windows Phone 7. Android, iOS, & Symbian will be able to utilize it. Obviously, Microsoft is making a play for the enterprise and by making it available on the major mobile OS’s, they are trying to fend off potential threats from services like Google voice, Google Talk, & iMessage.

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