Google’s Android One initiative is going to have a big impact in the emerging markets, especially India. Those markets are just now starting to realize smartphones, apps, and the great things they bring to the table. Those markets are also well behind when it comes to connectivity, which is reportedly prompting Google to build a messenger app for that market.
Facebook's $19bn acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp has been approved by the European Commission, following US regulators in giving the green light after deciding the deal wouldn't be a threat to consumers. Concerns from some quarters, that the purchase would leave the messaging space unbalanced, were dismissed by competition policy chief Joaquín Almunia, who argued that most users aren't reliant on a single service.
Path updated their Talk app today, and it brings in one striking feature that might have you using their messaging app. You can now text your questions to a business, and get an answer back in a few minutes. Well, on your end it looks like you’re texting a business — it’s a bit more complex than that, though.
After a brief limited alpha testing period that started in July, BitTorrent is ready to give the public an appetizer of its decentralized, peer-to-peer messaging system. With BitTorrent Bleep, you can keep on talking to your friends and family without fear of being snooped on or having your private information harvested.
If you were excited to get the chance to hand-off MMS and SMS messages in iOS 8, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Apple has quietly revamped the page on their site discussing the new feature, noting it’s coming — in October. That’s a solid two weeks after iOS 8 officially launches on September 17.
Ephemeral messaging has a new contender. Tiiny, which launched for iOS today, is the latest offering, taking a different approach to the disappearing content concept. Take a picture or looping video, and it stays on Tiiny for 24 hours, then vanishes forever.
Stanford Engineers have created a radio the size of an ant. The tiny transmitter can send out signals that may not reach far, but have bigger implications than we know. In addition to being extremely small, it’s believed they can be mass-produced for very little cost, and embedded nearly anywhere.
With the update to Hangouts that rolled in yesterday, users got a bit of what they’d been asking for in Voice integration. In finally giving us the ability to make a voice call via Hangouts, Google also continued to pull a service away from their social layer, Google+. Users no longer need to have a Plus account to use features in Hangouts.
Google might have just started the ball rolling that would signal the end of its voice call and voicemail service. Some Google Hangouts users have reported being prompted in both Android and Gmail to switch over from Google Voice to Hangouts, a transition that would formally mark the end of another Google product.