messaging

Telegram 3.0 now offers Bot API, platform for developers

While the numbers game (meaning users and advertisers probably) is being fought among more popular messenger apps like Viber, WhatsApp, LINE, and Messenger among others, there is one app that may be smaller than them but has a more innovative and open approach for the market. Telegram recently allowed users to create their own stickers, and now developers can actually create their own bots using the API and platform that they're offering for third-party creators.

LINE introduces new group calling app Popcorn Buzz

Have you ever wished you could have a free group call with around 200 people invited to that call? Okay, maybe not 200 exactly, but definitely more than just two people talking and it has to be free. LINE is adding another product to its app portfolio by releasing Popcorn Buzz which lets you do all these things, including the aforementioned 200 people in the call, if for some reason you'd want to do that.

Send messages through voice with Touchless Chat Android app

While digital voice assistants can do a lot of things already, sometimes, you'd want them to just do a basic function, like messaging. Fortunately, you have apps that can do that for you now. One of the "smartest" in the market is called Touchless Chat, and based on its name, you already know what it's all about. Using the power of voice commands, you'll be able to initiate sending messages from Google Now or through a widget, all without touching your device.

Create your own stickers with new Telegram update

When you're using emojis and stickers when sending messages to your loved ones, haven't you had that moment when you thought to yourself, "Hey, we need more stickers about _______!" or "Hey, I can come up with better stickers than this!" Well, a new update to messaging app Telegram will actually give you the chance to do just that. You can now submit your own sticker set to them and even get a permalink for it once it has been uploaded and approved.

Bleep leaves alpha phase, now available across all platforms

A few months after their alpha release, this messaging service from BitTorrent is now ready to take on the world. Bleep is now publicly available on the Google Play Store and in other platforms. The newest version of the app also brings new features and additional improvements, trying to convince you to switch from your current messaging service to the supposedly more secure newest kid on the market.

Android Auto messaging features helps you stay connected but focused

These car accessories and digital car modules have helped a lot of drivers stay connected, but it is still pretty much dangerous, as you can get easily distracted with other screens in front of you. But the recently-released Android Auto platform says that it can help users still stay focused while driving, while letting you still be connected to your messages, emails, and other important things you need to take care off while you're on your way somewhere.

You can now send photos through BitTorrent’s Bleep messaging app

A few months after BitTorrent launched the Alpha version of their messaging app Bleep, we're finally getting an update. If before you can only send messages and make voice calls to the app, now as promised, you can add exchanging pictures into the equation. There are also a few minor tweaks added, but the app is still in the Alpha mode, although they are already laying the groundwork for the beta version soon.

Rounds Video Chat app offers fun, reliable group calls

There are hundreds of chat apps out there and ready for download from the Google Play Store but only a few are really fun and entertaining. Conversations must run smoothly and without any interruptions all the time. The Rounds Video Chat & Group Call app allows more than just video calls and sending of text messages. You can even take photos, share files, play games, and watch videos together with your family and friends. As with any other instant messaging apps, you can also create group chats and chatrooms so more people can communicate in one place.

Viber 5.3 update: group admin, support for Android Wear devices

With the amount of conversations we have going on with other people, mostly in a group context and on various platforms, having a handle on these can sometimes be a pain. If you rely on Viber for a lot of these group conversations, then the latest update to the free messaging app should help you out a little because you now have group admin features. It also brings support for Android Wear so you can now use the app on your smartwatches.

PushBullet now lets you reply to BBM and GroupMe as well

PushBullet is shaping up to be one very useful but also somewhat rather odd app. What once started as a simply way to "push" links and files is now slowly but surely becoming a courier as well. Just weeks after it opened the doors to WhatsApp, Hangouts, Facebook and other popular messaging services, now it is welcoming BBM and GroupMe into the family. And like those other apps, you not only get a notification about the message on your computer, you can actually reply to them as well right then and there.
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