Facebook Messenger Rooms come online in select countries

The Social Networking giant has taken a page off Yahoo’s book, and is starting off with Facebook Messenger Rooms.

These are essentially Facebook chatrooms, created around topics of mutual interest. The Yahoo Messenger did this quite successfully for over a decade, and this was one of the most appreciated features of the now defunct messenger. However, Facebook giving this a shot is already creating waves of excitement in the markets. Continue reading “Facebook Messenger Rooms come online in select countries”

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Google partners with Sprint for RCS messaging, plans more partnerships in future

The SMS text-messaging experience hasn’t changed much in more than 20 years. But that will change for Sprint subscribers on Android devices starting today thanks to a new update to Google‘s Messenger app. In a blog post on Friday, Google has officially announced that they’re partnering up carriers to advance the nature of SMS, and essentially upgrade the functionality of text messages.

If you’re a user of Google’s Messenger app this might sound a little familiar because the update to Messenger started rolling out recently and enhanced messaging (RCS) was one of the feature changes that was included in the update. Continue reading “Google partners with Sprint for RCS messaging, plans more partnerships in future”

Google Messenger update brings RCS support for some

If you’re a fan of and are using Google’s Messenger application for your SMS needs, there’s an update that’s currently rolling out right now which introduces a sizeable set of new features, changes and improvements, not the least of which is a brand-new icon that stares you right in the face the next time you o to open the app after updating. Apart from the new icon, entering into an SMS thread, users should notice that the chat boxes have a slightly more rounded.

 

But perhaps the bigger news is that some users are seeing RCS support which seems to be because of a switch flipped on the server side by Google. Continue reading “Google Messenger update brings RCS support for some”

Take a look at upcoming Allo chat themes before they officially arrive

Despite the declining user base, Allo has potential, and there are numerous ways to improve the app. In a recent update to Allo, Google introduced many features, not including the most wanted ones yet but still bumping up the version number to 2.0. Later Google revealed a Stranger Things tie-in including a sticker pack and AI assisted scavenger hunt and now it looks like and Google plans to release a bunch of them to the app in the near future. Continue reading “Take a look at upcoming Allo chat themes before they officially arrive”

Google Allo is getting a ‘Stranger Things’ sticker pack and an AI-assisted scavenger hunt

Netflix has another hit television series in Stranger Things. (Binge watch it if you haven’t!) The technologically savvy production house has not been shy in taking advantage of the popularity in previously working with Google to make a scary VR experience based on the show.

On the other hand, Google is trying hard to get folks using its AI-gifted Allo messenger service, so it has jumped on the popular Netflix show. In time for Halloween,  it has revealed some Stranger Things tie-ins, including a sticker pack and an AI-assisted scavenger hunt. Continue reading “Google Allo is getting a ‘Stranger Things’ sticker pack and an AI-assisted scavenger hunt”

Google Allo 2.0 rolling out bringing features it should already have had at launch

Google has updated its chat application Allo on Android to version 2.0 and the update brings along some features that it should have already launched with. Trying to switch your friends and family to yet another messaging client, especially one lacking in features (even compared to Google’s other services), is difficult.

Even though Allo did not make as big an impact with its launch as Google expected it toand  not long after its introduction, Allo’s ranking tanked on the Play Store and App Store,the new features might attract some new users to the app.  Continue reading “Google Allo 2.0 rolling out bringing features it should already have had at launch”

Google Allo rolling out now, what it’s like to use it?

After the long wait Google is rolling out its new messaging platform to Android and iOS devices worldwide. It was announced during the Google I/O 2016. It is AI based Messaging app which we can make replies by hearing voices, have inbuilt Google Assistant and much more. It supports emoji, stickers and a new Whisper Shout feature.

Continue reading “Google Allo rolling out now, what it’s like to use it?”

Microsoft is working on its Slack killer

 

Despite a varied portfolio of collaboration services, Microsoft is still struggling to field a strong competitor to enterprise group messaging apps like Slack and HipChat. It has SharePoint, Skype for Business and Yammer, but none of them is really a direct competitor to the slickly designed, GIF-stuffed and bot-laden crop of modern messaging applications. That may be about to change.

The tech giant is reportedly working on a messaging app for team collaboration, much like how Slack works.  Continue reading “Microsoft is working on its Slack killer”

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