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Apple rolls out animated emojis for iOS 10 beta users

Apple rolls out animated emojis for iOS 10 beta users

When iOS 10 was introduced at Apple's WWDC 2016 event last month, a number of changes and new features were introduced, but surprisingly the Messages app was one of things that given the most time and attention. It seems Apple is moving its text messaging app into the territory of Snapchat and Facebook messenger, adding not only stickers and animated emoji, but text bubble effects, handwriting, and an API for developers.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out improvements to chat bots

Facebook Messenger rolls out improvements to chat bots

Back in April, Facebook announced it was opening up its Messenger service with an API and tools to create chat bots. While it's still not clear just how useful mobile users are finding these bots, it's obvious that developers think they are loved — or at least love making them — as there's now over 11,000 bots available on the platform. With that much saturation, Facebook needs to be on the ball about making sure bots are organized and easy to use. Thankfully an update with that in mind has been released.

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Windows 10 isn’t getting “Messaging Everywhere” after all

Windows 10 isn’t getting “Messaging Everywhere” after all

Windows Phone users should probably be used to things by now. Microsoft promiseth and Microsoft taketh away. Although this latest official word from Microsoft does affect all Windows 10 users, it will be Windows 10 Mobile users who will most likely feel the biggest effects. In the past builds of Windows 10 leading to the Anniversary Update, Microsoft has been getting Insiders to test its Messaging Everywhere feature. But now with little over a month before the promised update, Microsoft is pulling the plug on that feature.

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Apple responsible for removal of rifle for emoji consideration

Apple responsible for removal of rifle for emoji consideration

Unicode 9.0 is set to be finalized later this month, formally introducing a number of sure-to-be hit emojis, including bacon, selfie, face-palm, and more. Turns out, however, that a rifle was once in consideration for new emoji additions in 2016, but objection and pressure from Apple saw its removal. Apple, along with Microsoft and Google are voting members of the Unicode Consortium, which oversees the standardization of emoji.

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Apple confirms no current plans for iMessage on Android

Apple confirms no current plans for iMessage on Android

Just before WWDC 2016 kicked off this week, one of the rumors that popped up was that Apple would announced iMessage for Android, allowing the free, encrypted messaging service to co-exist on both platforms. However, the WWDC keynote passed with the only focus on iMessage being new texting effects, stickers, and more. Now, as The Verge's Walt Mossberg explains, an Apple executive has revealed why iMessage is unlikely to come to Android anytime in the near future.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out new Home screen, inbox features

Facebook Messenger rolls out new Home screen, inbox features

The Facebook Messenger app continues to see updates and changes this week, following the Android version's new support for SMS. The latest version of both the iOS and Android app introduces a Home tab, which, replacing the previous launch screen, basically acts like an inbox for the messaging platform. In addition to a list of recent conversations, this screen will show which contacts are currently online, upcoming birthdays, and the friends you chat with the most.

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Stickers will be the big iOS 10 gold rush

Stickers will be the big iOS 10 gold rush

Message for Android may not have made an appearance at WWDC 2016 today, but Apple's Message platform did get a huge revamp for iOS 10, including stickers support. If you've been under a messaging rock for the past few years, you might not be familiar with stickers: think oversized emojis, often with animation, generally sorted into themed packs.

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WhatsApp introduces quoted message responses

WhatsApp introduces quoted message responses

How many times have you been messaging a group of people and you try to answer a question or respond to something, but someone else writes something unrelated before you can reply? Your message and the one you're trying to respond to end up with several lines of text in-between as other people chime in. It makes the conversation hard to read, and the context of your message can become unclear. That's exactly what WhatsApp's new quoted message feature aims to address.

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Apple rumored to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC

Apple rumored to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is literally just around the corner, officially kicking off on Monday morning, and a new, plausible, rumor has just popped up. The site MacDailyNews has reported that Apple will announce a version of iMessage for Android, introducing the free messaging service that works between all Apple devices to the rival mobile platform.

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These are the 72 new emoji coming in Unicode 9

These are the 72 new emoji coming in Unicode 9

Brace yourselves, heavy texters, there's new emoji on the way! The Unicode Consortium, which oversees the official library of emoji in use, has revealed the 72 new characters that will make up this year's addition. Most of the new designs fit into the categories we're all familiar with, such as food, smileys, people, and animals, but there are quite a few that are direct reflections of actions and responses that have only developed in the last few years among mobile users. Namely, the selfie and the shrug gesture.

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Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

If you want to message your friends, but don't want to use plain old text messaging, you have plenty of apps to choose from. If you want to send photos, you can use Snapchat. If you want to make sure that all of your messages are encrypted, you can use WhatsApp. And now, if you want to virtually kick your friend in the crotch, then you can use Rawr.

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No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

If you've ever gone looking for a friend to chat to, but nobody's online, don't worry: Google has your back. In Allo, the company's new messaging app, there's not only a friends list made up of your human contacts, but "@google", the chatting embodiment of the Google Assistant.

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