messaging

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.

Facebook Messenger now allows short videos, bigger likes

We really don’t know how far the ubiquitous Facebook is willing to carry its Messenger app, but for now the social networking platform is still churning out updates for its chat and messaging app. In this new update that appeared at the Google Play Store just today, it looks like Messenger app users will now be able to embed short videos into their chat threads, as well as get a “bigger” way to express your Facebook likes.

Chadder arrives as latest encrypted private messaging app

A new messaging app has recently arrived in the Google Play Store. This one is called Chadder, and comes by way of Future Tense Private Systems. While the Future Tense name may not be as obvious to all, this company was founded by John McAfee. Perhaps more important for some -- the features.

Foursquare announces Swarm, takes on Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’

In a time when many other services are merging, Foursqaure is splitting up. The company has announced they are pulling themselves apart, and creating a service called Swarm. Swarm will act as a new messaging service, aimed at getting you together with friends where, hopefully, you use Foursquare to check in to wherever you end up going.

HoverChat brings Chatheads multi-tasking to SMS

For some mobile phone users, SMS is more of a transient activity that might be an annoying interruption at times. HoverChat tries to keep that annoyance to a minimum by keeping most of the messaging app's interface out of the way and using floating heads instead.
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