messaging apps

  • Knock Simulates An Incoming Call To Get Friends To Respond To Your Texts

    Knock Simulates An Incoming Call To Get Friends To Respond To Your Texts

    Knock, a recently launched Android application, offers a new twist on mobile messaging. When you send a message using this app, Knock simulates an incoming call to get your friend’s attention. But the call screen your friend sees looks slightly different than usual. Instead of the standard accept and reject buttons, they’ll see your text message written on the screen which… Read More

  • Dasher Takes Messaging Apps Up A Notch With Support For Rich Content, Location Sharing, GIFs And More

    Dasher Takes Messaging Apps Up A Notch With Support For Rich Content, Location Sharing, GIFs And More

    Do you need another messaging app? One that does GIFs? Sure, why not?! You have room on page 10 of your “chat apps” folder of your iPhone, right? Great! Introducing the latest contender vying for the messaging app throne: Dasher, a new social app backed by $1.25 million in seed funding from Lerer Ventures, Venrock and other angel investors. Read More

  • New Picture-Based Messaging App Hipe Gives Friends Just 99 Seconds To Respond After Reading Your Text

    New Picture-Based Messaging App Hipe Gives Friends Just 99 Seconds To Respond After Reading Your Text

    A new mobile messaging app called Hipe, which lets users share GIFs, videos, or image overlays and a short amount of text, has introduced a twist on ephemeral messaging which turns replying to conversations into something of a game. In Hipe, friends only have 99 seconds to respond to a message after reading it, or otherwise the content disappears and the conversation is gone. The company says… Read More

  • KakaoTalk Now Lets Users Test New Features Before They Launch

    KakaoTalk Now Lets Users Test New Features Before They Launch

    One month after its merger with Daum created one of South Korea’s largest Internet companies, messaging app maker Kakao has launched Kakao Lab, which lets Android users test new features before they are added to the app. An iOS version of Kakao Lab is in the works, says the company. Read More

  • Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    The second messaging revolution is now quickly coming to a close. With the news today that Korea’s leading messenger KakaoTalk is merging with one of that country’s largest internet portals, Daum Communications, we are witnessing the end of the rise of mobile-focused independent messaging startups that started just five years ago. Only Kik Messenger remains standing… Read More

  • In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

    In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

    The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people’s “first computers” are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a core set of functionality and a few tricks of their own, ranging from the… Read More

  • Line Starts Letting Users Make And Sell Their Own Stickers On Its Messaging Platform

    Line Starts Letting Users Make And Sell Their Own Stickers On Its Messaging Platform

    Mobile messaging platform Line, which is gunning for a billion registered users by 2015 and is also reportedly considering an IPO later this year, has added a new feature aimed at boosting engagement on its platform. The feature could also result in it pulling in more revenue via its secondary money-maker, sticker sales. Read More

  • Line Targets 1BN Users Of Its Messaging App By 2015

    Line Targets 1BN Users Of Its Messaging App By 2015

    The ripples from Facebook’s $19BN purchase of messaging app WhatsApp continue to rock the app space, pushing more and more developers to build comms tools with a twist in the hopes of harvesting even a fraction of the traction and engagement that veteran player enjoyed. (Ultimately the size of the WhatsApp exit is the massive carrot here — while Viber’s recent sale… Read More

  • Battle Of The “Reaction” Messengers

    Battle Of The “Reaction” Messengers

    If you build it, they will come? Half a dozen or so applications have launched in recent months, hoping to dominate what they all hope will be one of the next big trends in mobile messaging: the “reaction” messenger. That is, these apps utilize a smartphone’s camera to either photograph or record a video of a message’s recipient to see how they react to your text, or… Read More