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WhatsApp just hit a major milestone

WhatsApp just hit a major milestone

Financial reports have been landing over the past couple of days, and in determining the who had a good quarter and who didn't, we can safely count WhatsApp among the winners. As part of its end-of-quarter financial report, WhatsApp announced that it has surpassed a major milestone in terms of user count. If there was ever any question that WhatsApp would become one of the world's most popular messaging apps, the matter can now be laid to rest.

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Amazon developing its own messaging app called Anytime

Amazon developing its own messaging app called Anytime

Rejoice smartphone users! If you've been looking for a new messaging app and options like Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Whatsapp, Google Allo, Hangouts, Slack, Signal, Telegram, Skype, Viber, and whatever else is already installed on your phone still aren't enough, Amazon might just be working on something to meet your needs. That's right, we could soon be getting yet another messaging app, this time from the internet marketplace giant.

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Google Talk is dead

Google Talk is dead

It's been a long time coming, but Google Talk is now officially dead. Though Google has been in the process of phasing out Google Talk for years now, it wasn't until March that it actually gave us an end date for the long-running chat service. It may be sad to hear it, but the users who have hung on throughout the years will no longer be able to use Google Talk in any capacity from here on out.

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Facebook messaging app ‘Talk’ for teens tipped in development

Facebook messaging app ‘Talk’ for teens tipped in development

Facebook has a new project underway, according to references in source code found inside the network's main app, and it involves an app designed specifically for teenagers. The app is said to be a bid on Facebook's part to lure back teenagers who have largely fled the service, one that will draw in parents to ensure they have control over their kid's messaging habits. The app, at least according to the discovered references, is called 'Talk.'

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New Skype borrows Snapchat playbook with Millennial-luring Highlights

New Skype borrows Snapchat playbook with Millennial-luring Highlights

Microsoft has completely rebuilt Skype, taking one of the more frustrating - but, for many, essential - apps and giving it a much-needed makeover. Apparently remade from the ground up, the new Skype launches on mobile first before segueing to the desktop. It puts chat at the forefront, and not just voice calls, and makes a serious (or seriously needy, depending on your stance) play for Millennials who might be currently obsessed with Snapchat.

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Controversial Yik Yak anonymous app is shutting down

Controversial Yik Yak anonymous app is shutting down

Yik Yak is shutting down, with the location-based social network confirming today that it's game over for the anonymous messaging board system. The app was launched as a way for people in close proximity - often students on the same campus, much like where Yik Yak creators Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington worked on the first version - to communicate. However, as greater attention was paid to cyber-bullying and online harassment, Yik Yak's potential role in that ended up getting more attention than its other features.

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Telegram debuts voice calls, uses emoji codes to verify security

Telegram debuts voice calls, uses emoji codes to verify security

Messaging app Telegram may not be as popular as competitors WhatsApp and Messenger, but it is working hard to stay caught up with all the latest and greatest features. Chief among its latest efforts is the introduction of voice calls, enabling users to call each other over WiFi or mobile data for free. With this voice call functionality comes a new security verification feature, as well: emojis codes.

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Google Talk getting shuttered in favor of Hangouts

Google Talk getting shuttered in favor of Hangouts

Google's extensive lineup of chat and messaging apps is getting shuffled once again: the company has announced it will be shutting down the Google Talk service and officially replacing it with the existing Hangouts. Talk, also known by many users as "Gchat," is the quick and simple messaging tool that has lived within Gmail since 2005. While most Google users have already migrated to Hangouts, the remaining Talk holdouts now have only a few weeks to make the switch.

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Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

And so the Google messaging circus continues. Google has quite a few messaging apps, and some of them overlap with each other and the biggest offender is probably Hangouts. What would have been Google's main, or only, messaging platform supports chat, voice, video, and SMS, but soon it will have one less feature. According to a post on Reddit, Google will be removing carrier SMS support in May, forcing users, at least on Android, to migrate to another app, maybe Google's newly renamed "Android Messages" app.

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Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Do you use iMessage stickers? Did you even remember they existed? One of the most fanfared features of iOS 10 was the ability to slap zany little graphics and cartoons into your blue bubble conversations, but the launch of the iMessage App Store was swiftly overshadowed by the platform's other talents.

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Viber launches secret chats to go beyond encryption

Viber launches secret chats to go beyond encryption

We've seen a lot of chat services rolling out end-to-end encryption lately (or, in Facebook Messenger's backwards world, optional end-to-end encryption), but now Viber wants to take that one step further. Viber already launched end-to-end encryption for all conversations held over its service a few months back, but starting today, you can host "secret chats" for a little extra security.

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Google Hangouts overhaul splits service into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ products

Google Hangouts overhaul splits service into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ products

Google has introduced its overhauled Hangouts product, announcing that it now functions with two main experiences: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. According to Google, Hangouts Meet is a video experience in which people can talk face-to-face with little effort. This is joined by Hangouts Chat, which is exactly what it sounds like: the service’s chatting product for people to talk via text.

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