Tag Archive: Messaging


Survey: What are your mobile typing and messaging patterns?

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Every single day, all over the world, people are sending messages back and forth through a multitude of different services, and according to some estimates, more than half the world now uses a smartphone. That means there are a lot of folks out there tapping away on their devices using both virtual and physical keyboards.

But do folks enjoy the experience? Can those virtual  [Read More…]

Instagram is hedging its bets on becoming your go-to messaging platform

The latest additions to the image sharing platform add landscape and portrait photos to Direct messages, in addition to link sharing.

If you would have told me that Instagram would be the go-to social network five years ago, I would have scoffed. But things have really evolved for the app since then, and lately it seems to be undergoing a bit of a renaissance due in part to the multitude of updates.

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Amazon is dangerously close to being the new king of messaging

With Alexa gaining the ability to make voice calls and Echo Show bolstering the living room, Amazon moves a step closer to messaging ubiquity.

It was about three or four years ago when my wife and I decided to finally get rid of our landline. We weren’t really using it anymore — it was mostly an emergency backup, and a great way for solicitors to bug us. (That it occasionally made phantom 911 calls in the middle of the  [Read More…]

Amazon unveils free calling and messaging with Alexa Calling

Hands-free voice calls and messages are coming to Amazon Echo speakers.

Amazon continues to make big splashes this week, unveiling a game-changing new feature called Alexa Calling that will be made available across all its Amazon Echo devices, including smartphones running the Alexa app. Alexa Calling will allow Amazon’s Alexa-enable devices to send and receive hands-free calls and voice messages to anyone with an Echo speaker or the Alexa app installed on their phone, at no cost. Amazon has  [Read More…]

Amazon confirms Alexa Calling and Messaging Between Echo Devices

It’s been a big day for amazon, a full reboot of the Echo device and now confirming calling and messaging between all Echo Devices and the Alexa App: Let’s just say we’re excited! So, let me break this down for you. Amazon is bringing the update to all current Alexa devices: This was announced today […]

Facebook wants people to use its app for messaging again with new Stories feature

Facebook is adding Stories to its core app, and over 1.6 billion people will now get to know Snapchat, whether they realize it or not.

For years, Facebook has been about sharing with everyone — and doing a million other things, from selling products to joining groups to marking yourself as safe during emergencies. All of these things, together, have led to the service being the most-used Android app in the world, and overall the most popular digital platform  [Read More…]

Google has ANOTHER new messaging app, because of course it does

I kind of like this better than Allo, not gonna lie.

The guttural moan that escaped my face hole when I saw a new messaging app from Google in the Play Store, entirely separate from Allo and Duo and Hangouts and Google Voice and everything else Google has elsewhere, was enough to send my dog running from the room. Can we get 10 minutes where Google seems focused on delivering a single cohesive messaging experience to its  [Read More…]

First Google Area 120 app for Android arrives, it’s a Messaging service

You might not know this but, Google encourages its employee to spend some of their working hours focusing on side projects. These ideas gather under the Google Area 120 incubator umbrella and yesterday we saw the first app produced by the initiative make a debut into the wild. Strangely enough it was an iOS-only app […]

Samsung is bringing RCS messaging to its phones following NewNet acquisition

All Galaxy phones running Marshmallow and above will get RCS messaging.

Samsung acquired RCS operator NewNet Canada back in November, and the South Korean manufacturer is now integrating NewNet’s technologies into its phones. To that effect, the company is expanding RCS services to include “RCS-enabled devices, native/downloadable device clients, cloud-based RCS application servers, an interconnectivity hub among operators and a third-party monetization platform.” The company’s RCS solution will be available on all Galaxy phones running Marshmallow and  [Read More…]

The real sticker artists behind Allo, Google’s underrated messaging app

Mauro Gatti and Marylou Faure walk us through what the design process is like for art that’s used in a messaging app.

Ever wonder who the artists are behind the digital stickers you use in your favorite chat app? I certainly have, especially after I started using Allo. The app’s included Google-commissioned sticker packs are not only unique, they were designed by prominent and prolific artists, including Gemma Correll, GIF animator Cecile Dormeau, and BuzzFeed.

I managed  [Read More…]