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Google gets GSMA, operator backing for RCS messaging push

Google gets GSMA, operator backing for RCS messaging push

Despite the prevalence of Internet-based instant messaging, like that used by Facebook, LINE, and iMessage, SMS remains the most basic way people communicate with their smartphones. Some tech pundits believe that it's time for it to give way to the next generation. One of those is Google, who has heavily invested on RCS or Rich Communication Services. Now, however, it isn't alone anymore. The GSM Association or GSMA, along with more than a dozen operators, have agreed to help push RCS. And adopt Google's RCS Android app as well.

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Facebook Messenger now supports multiple accounts (but only on Android)

Facebook Messenger now supports multiple accounts (but only on Android)

While the recent news about advertisements being introduced into Facebook Messenger is a bit disappointing, that's not the only new functionality coming to the chat platform. The Messenger app now officially supports multiple account sign-ins on Android. This comes shortly after Facebook introduced the same feature to Instagram, although that update also made it to iOS.

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Twitter brings video sharing to Direct Messages

Twitter brings video sharing to Direct Messages

Now that the outrage over Twitter's potential changes to the timeline has calmed, the social network has been rolling out several new features to its app this week. Yesterday saw the official debut of GIF support, including the ability to see which moving images are trending, as well as search. Now Twitter users are able to capture and then share videos in Direct Messages, bringing the private, one-to-one message type closer to basic texting apps and services.

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WhatsApp Update: here’s what (emoji) you’re getting

WhatsApp Update: here’s what (emoji) you’re getting

This morning the updates began to arrive for WhatsApp, bringing on - amongst other bits and pieces - a whole new collection of emoji. this new version 2.12.441 allows users to roll with a tabbed collection of what you'll otherwise have been getting in iOS 9.1, but... you know... here on Android. This update to WhatsApp will only be showing these new emoji to users who also have the same last couple of versions of the app, so you might want to hold back on the delivery just yet.

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Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

It's not everyday that an app's developers get to work with someone as big as Sir Paul McCartney, which is why when Microsoft's Skype got the opportunity, they didn't waste it. That's why, with Valentine’s Day approaching, Skype users are getting 10 new love-themed "Mojis" featuring music from the legendary Beatles member himself. It's one of those things where you didn't realize how badly you needed it in your life until you heard about it.

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Google Hangouts now offers peer-to-peer on Android

Google Hangouts now offers peer-to-peer on Android

Google has released a small update to the Android version of it Hangouts messaging app this week. In an effort to improve the quality of audio and video during calls, Hangouts may now use a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection when possible. This means that users on both ends of the call will be directly connected with each other, and Google's servers will be bypassed.

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Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

The Pebble Time smartwatch and its accompanying mobile apps received a number of updates already this week, with the wearables getting new software and both iOS and Android users getting improved Health tracking features. But those with Android as their platform of choice also got something new just for them: the ability to send a text message initiating a conversation directly from the Pebble.

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WhatsApp hits billion monthly users milestone

WhatsApp hits billion monthly users milestone

WhatsApp has announced the service has one billion monthly users, its latest milestone. Says the company, the number means that almost one out of every seven people on Earth are using the app. “We’re humbled by the extraordinary ways all of you have used” the service, WhatsApp said in a statement.

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WhatsApp opens doors to businesses, drops subscription fees

WhatsApp opens doors to businesses, drops subscription fees

WhatsApp has been growing steadily for the last couple of years. Today, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced that they're about to hit one billion active users. But that's not the only big announcement that he had.

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Facebook Messenger might be getting a Mac app

Facebook Messenger might be getting a Mac app

It is one of those unofficial rumors that both make sense and don't. Based on a blurry photo, it seems that Facebook is working on a dedicated Mac app for its Messenger chat service, independent of the Facebook instance that run inside your browser. If it's true and if the app ever sees the light of day in public, it would be the first time Facebook would provide a separate chatting experience on the desktop, something that it has already done for the mobile counterpart.

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WhatsApp is down, causing New Year’s Eve mayhem

WhatsApp is down, causing New Year’s Eve mayhem

Wildly popular messaging service WhatsApp has suffered significant downtime today, throwing many New Year's Eve plans into disarray. The service, notorious for being acquired by Facebook for a hefty $19bn back in 2014, celebrated more than 900 million active monthly users in September.

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Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s artificial intelligence is being used to create a new mobile messaging app, according to sources. The messaging service will differ from Hangouts via the inclusion of chatbot assistants tasked with answering questions and following commands issued through the messaging app. Sources say the chatbots will hunt down the answer to users’ questions by searching the Web and “other sources," check the weather, set reminders, and more.

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