Starting May 15, all four major US carriers will be implementing the new Text-to-911 program. This new way of asking for assistance via SMS aims to address situations where it would be difficult to use the usual 911 voice call.
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.
BlackBerry has already mentioned that Channels and Voice Calling would be heading to the Android version of BBM in 2014. But while the timeline has remained fairly open and generic, it does appear that progress is being made. A new version of BBM for Android has arrived in the beta channel and it brings several new features.
With the ongoing concerns over privacy, messaging has become a point of contention for some. Even services that don’t keep messages on their servers, like Snapchat, are prone to requests for data. Though the transparency is improving, the underlying concerns still exist. A solution may be coming, from BitTorrent, no less.
We had already known BlackBerry was planning to have BBM preinstalled on some Android handsets. A news release arrived back in late-November that mentioned how BBM will “soon come preinstalled on a variety of Android based smartphones from leading OEMs.” Well, coming back to the present day and it looks like we have the first of those OEMs.
It seems BlackBerry is going to go the preinstalled route with BBM. Coming by way of a recently issued press release, BlackBerry has said the BBM messaging app will "soon come preinstalled on a variety of Android based smartphones from leading OEMs." The key here though, more than the OEMs, having BBM preinstalled will be more dependent on the market.
The day has finally arrived and Facebook is now making available its long-tested new features for Android and iOS. Once the update hits users, they will be greeted not only with a fresh new look but with the ability to send messages to non-Facebook contacts via SMS.
Google unveiled Hangouts v2.0 during the "Morning with Google+" event that took place last month. Vic Gundotra detailed what could be expected with the updated Hangouts release at the time, but in the end, that event served more as a teaser. Simply put, Hangouts 2.0 was announced and detailed, but not immediately released.
Google announced some updates to Hangouts at the Morning with Google+ event earlier in the week. At the time we learned what we can expect with the update, though there wasn't much in terms of when we could expect it to arrive. And well, Google still has yet to offer a specific date, but there has been some additional details released.
After a series of rumors and leaks that were followed by a delay caused by an apk leak, BlackBerry finally launched BBM for Android last week. The app began with a slow rollout that required a wait list. But even with that list, BlackBerry seems to have moved users through rather quickly. There was mention of 5 million users having downloaded the app shortly after launch, and now it looks like the next milestone has been achieved.