Google IO 2016 Coverage

You can now book an Uber using Facebook Messenger

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Uber has struck-up a rather unexpected deal with Facebook that enables users of the social networking giant’s Messenger application to order a ride whilst in the midst of a conversation. Whenever an address is sent during a chat, a little Uber logo will materialize in the navigation bar, which, when tapped, will allow users to order a cab from their current location to the one stated in the chat.

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Best instant messaging services

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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.

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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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