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
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
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.
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.
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
With all the IM apps and the recent addition of Google Huddle, it has become the battle of the messaging apps. Now Facebook is looking to crash the party with Facebook Messenger.
Facebook Messenger will be like Google Huddle in that you can send and receive messages within groups.
- Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile contacts
- Map your location, find your friends and make plans on the go
- Get mobile notifications so you never miss a message
- Include photos so friends can see what you’re doing
There’s definitely no shortage of instant messaging clients on the Android Market these days but we thought it would be worth mentioning eBuddy Messenger for Android. Though the app has been out for quite some time, many new and fresh updates have made it a top contender in the IM department. The application allows you to message your buddies on a variety of different platforms such as Facebook, Yahoo, MySpace, Google Talk, AIM and more. Check out the full list of features after the break along with a few screenshots. The interface is smooth and easy to navigate. You can use your own Avatar and there are tons of emoticons to choose from as well. Ready to give it a go? Head on over to our apps database where you can also find a QR Code available. You can also snag the download from the Android Market. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below. » Read the rest
The stock instant messenger that comes with most builds of android is great – it does exactly what it’s intended for and does it well, albeit with very few frills. There have been a few little gripes I’ve had with it, like troubles transmitting photos, and having to switch back and forth to the main screen to chat to more than one person.
Remember how Yahoo was going to update its messenger client with video chat support? Well they finally did, only they did it for iDevices first. How lame is that?
Well thanks to the leak of that leaked MyTouch rom from a few days ago, one crafty XDA forums member ripped out the Yahoo Messenger inside. Why might he do that, you ask? Simple, that version supports video chat.
All you need to do is install BOTH apk’s located below. If you just install the video add-on with the current Yahoo messenger app, it won’t work. So install both, mmmmk?