messaging

  • Hop Brings Its Instant Messaging-Like Email Client To The iPad

    Hop Brings Its Instant Messaging-Like Email Client To The iPad

    Hop (formerly Ping), a mobile app that makes replying to email feel more like instant messaging, is now available on iPad, the company is announcing today. In addition, hop now also supports multiple email accounts – something users have been asking for since the apps’s fall 2013 debut. For those unfamiliar with hop, the idea is intriguing. The app basically turns email threads… Read More

  • Anonymous Messaging App Blink Arrives On Android

    Anonymous Messaging App Blink Arrives On Android

    Blink, a mobile application that allows users to send each other self-destructing messages, has now arrived on Android. The app, which first debuted on iOS last spring, lets you share text, photos, videos, sketches, and even voice messages with your friends, though the company has found that the majority of its users are using Blink for “ephemeral” texting purposes. The app… Read More

  • BBM Update Adds Voice Calls, Channels, Dropbox And Location Sharing For iOS And Android Users

    BBM Update Adds Voice Calls, Channels, Dropbox And Location Sharing For iOS And Android Users

    A new update to the BBM apps for iOS and Android add a laundry list of anticipated features to the messaging platform. BBM Voice makes its first appearance on the Android and iPhone clients, allowing users to make direct voice calls to their BBM contacts via either Wi-Fi or cellular networks; BBM Channels provide message-board style group interactions around a particular topic, theme or… Read More

  • Team Behind Facebook For Feature Phones Launches Chaatz, A Mobile Messaging App Aimed At Emerging Markets

    Team Behind Facebook For Feature Phones Launches Chaatz, A Mobile Messaging App Aimed At Emerging Markets

    A team with extensive experience working with the OEMs, carriers, and platform makers in the mobile industry, and who was most recently tasked with the creation of the Facebook mobile experience for feature phones, is now preparing to take its former client head-on with a new, multi-platform social messaging app called Chaatz. Like Facebook, Chaatz will also target both developed and… Read More

  • Trouble With Teens Could Trip Up Today’s Facebook Earnings

    Trouble With Teens Could Trip Up Today’s Facebook Earnings

    When Facebook mentioned “a decrease in daily users specifically among younger teens” in last quarter’s earnings call, its share price fell from $57.98 in after-hours to open the next day at $47.16, eliminating tens of billions of dollars in value accrued from strong financials. How will investors react if today’s Q4 2013 earnings see Facebook admit a more serious… Read More

  • BBM To Come Preinstalled On LG Smartphones

    BBM To Come Preinstalled On LG Smartphones

    BlackBerry is keeping the hope alive with a partnership with LG. Announced today, the LG G Pro Lite will ship with BBM already installed on the smartphone. This comes two months after BBM’s Android and iOS launch. It quickly found footing, and following its launch, raked in 10M downloads in a day. BBM is still a small player in the messaging app game, but there’s no questioning… Read More

  • Kik Hits 100M Users, Adding New Ones At A Rate Of 200K Per Day

    Kik Hits 100M Users, Adding New Ones At A Rate Of 200K Per Day

    The messaging wars are in full swing, and Waterloo-based Kik is still seeing tremendous positive growth despite trailing its rival WhatsApp in terms of total userbase size. The company revealed today that it has just passed 100 million registered users, having added 70 million of those since this time last year. The startup also launched Cards, its HTML5-based in-app content sharing system… Read More

  • LinkedIn Refreshes Its Inbox With Message Previews And A Simpler Interface

    LinkedIn Refreshes Its Inbox With Message Previews And A Simpler Interface

    LinkedIn, the social network for the professional world, has been going through a overhaul of every aspect of its platform. Today, it’s the turn of the inbox, which is picking up new features such as better navigation and better preview information. In a way, it’s LinkedIn’s personal contribution to this week’s trend among social platforms like Twitter and Instagram… Read More

  • Overrun With Messaging Apps

    Overrun With Messaging Apps

    Because I’ll install almost any app on my iPhone just to take a look, I’ve got a jam-packed folder called “messaging apps” that’s now five pages deep. It includes only the big names, regional giants, and those newer arrivals buzzy enough to secure coverage on TechCrunch or other tech blogs. You know, recently. The situation is getting out of hand. Read More

  • The New Just.me Wins Auction For The Old Just.me’s Assets

    The New Just.me Wins Auction For The Old Just.me’s Assets

    Mobile messaging startup Just.me announced a couple of weeks ago that its assets were being auctioned off. Now it looks like the auction is over. The winner? Just.me. Well, technically it’s “Just.me 2014 Inc.,” but founder Keith Teare (who also co-founded TechCrunch) said the new company’s goal is to continue the same work: “And from a user point of view, we hope… Read More