messaging

Skype 5.0 for Android makes it easier to find friends

Since a lot more people now log on to Skype through their mobile device rather than the desktop, it would now be more natural for the free voice-over-IP and instant messaging app to change how they find your friends. The new Skype 5.0 for Android now has a feature that will make it easier for you to search through the 300 million users and find people that you know.

LINE now lets you send and receive “hidden chat”

Messaging app LINE has now also joined the ephemeral message bandwagon as it released the “hidden chat” function in its latest update. The feature now lets users send and receive messages that will be displayed in a hidden chat, for a set limited amount of time only and once the messages have been viewed, it will be deleted not just from the app but as well as from the LINE server.

Jink location sharing app is both helpful and private

Imagine you’re meeting with some of your friends but all of you are not familiar with the place you’re going to. You’re switching back and forth between your location app and your group chat just so you can keep track of where everyone is, and it’s all getting a bit confusing. What if you have just one app where you can do both and you keep your privacy as well? Jink is the newest location sharing app for Android that can let other people know where you are exactly but at the same time maintain your privacy.

goTenna lets you message from remote locations

Hiking. Camping. Going out of town. Gone are the days when you can just leave your mobile phone while doing any of these activities. Even if you don’t have data connection in the area you’re going to, you still need to have your smartphone with you, whether it’s for productivity or even just simple messaging. A new device called goTenna wants to make sure you can at least have messaging capability wherever you are.

Wiper really wipes away private messages, if you want it to

Private messaging apps are a dime a dozen now, with Viber, WhatsApp, Kakao Talk, WeChat, etc. But even though they are supposedly not for everyone’s eyes, hence the term “private messaging”, nothing really remains private within those digital walls, as they are still stored in their servers and your friends' apps as well. A new app called Wiper promises to be be the most secure of all these messaging apps, as it gives you utmost privacy and full control of your conversations.

Loklok turns your friends’ phones into a group whiteboard

Did you ever wish that you could turn your mobile phone into an Etch-A-Sketch and then be able to send your scribbles to your friends? While there are a lot of sketch-type apps there, Loklok’s messaging app is probably the only one that lets you virtually write on your friends’ lock screen in real time, that is if you both have an Android phone.

FireChat update adds off-grid chatting between Android and iOS

FireChat first arrived back in April. The app came courtesy of Open Garden and served as a method of chatting off-the-grid. FireChat uses Open Garden's mesh networking technology which means users can chat from device to device without any Internet connection. But while that all sounded good -- there was an initial limitation that may have kept some from joining the off-grid message party.

WeChat update brings better privacy, search and translation

Do you feel like other people are trying to read your group messages? Do you find it hard to look for past messages by scrolling through them? Do you want to understand what your French friend was saying but you’re too lazy to Google Translate? All of these messaging dilemmas might be solved with the update to the WeChat app for Android.

Path comes up with new messaging app called Talk

The social networking platform Path has been relatively quiet this year, nary releasing a major update to change up its patented approach to “quick” social networking. That all changed today as the guys behind path unveiled what it has been working on during that span of “quiet time” – a standalone messaging app aptly (if not unimaginatively) called “Talk”.

Intel’s Pocket Avatars makes chatting even crazier

Seems that just the ordinary way of chatting with people through your mobile phone has become boring for a lot of people. You now have your emoticons, your stickers, your snapchats and all other things to make your chats more exciting. Intel is joining the fray with their Pocket Avatars, guaranteed to make talking to your loved ones even crazier.
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