Sending and receiving text messages is like email — boring, but necessary. SMS has never been fun, more utilitarian than interactive. Two free apps could make it fun, though — adding a richer experience to what has become a mundane experience for many of us.
Is messaging truly private, or even secure? Snapchat showed us that even when we think that our conversations are secure, they may not be. A new app, Wiper, aims to deliver on that promise, though; keeping things secure, and you in control.
Facebook Messenger for iPad has finally been released, bringing the social network's standalone IM client to Apple's tablet. Previously only available on the iOS tablet as a doubled iPhone app, the new Messenger supports the same text chats, voice calls, and stickers as its phone counterpart, but in version 7.0 introduces a scaled-up UI.
OpenGarden has a new update for its rather unique FireChat app that users on both sides of the mobile divide would most likely love. With the aptly named the FireChat <3 (Love) update, Android and iOS users will now be able to message anyone of the opposite mobile inclination even when they don't have an Internet connection at hand.
Does the world need another messaging app? Path thinks the answer is yes, and is launching Talk for iOS and Android today, a new IM app that integrates real-world context into the chat process. Building on the basic messaging functionality Path introduced in March last year, Path Talk introduces Ambient Status, a system the software company says will automatically update your contacts with your current status.
Single-function messaging app Yo may have seemed like a gimmick - albeit one raising $1m in funding - but it's also got an unpleasant security sting in its tail, with hackers claiming to be able to extract phone numbers of users. Yo arrived to mixed confusion and enthusiasm earlier this week, intended to do one thing in sending a "Yo" message to a contact.
There’s an app out there this Summer called "Yo." This app has been released to the iTunes App store, originally getting rejected by Apple because of its super-simplicity - they thought it wasn’t finished, or that it was a joke based on its April 1st submission date. Now that the app is out and gaining steam - 50,000 users strong in just a few months - it’s also earning investment dollars.
Facebook is rolling out a new version of its Messenger app that not so subtly tries to catch up with other popular messaging services. After the update, users will be able to shoot and send 15-second videos right from withing the Messenger app itself, as well as a new way to show how much you really like something.
Facebook, who were rumored to have been interested in Snapchat before purchasing WhatsApp, have created their own go-go-Gadget messaging system. Their self-destructing messaging platform was leaked recently, then quickly pulled. Was this purposeful, brilliant marketing or just a goof by the social giant?