mobile messaging apps

Encrypted messaging app Wire adds usernames so you can limit what you share with contacts

Wire, the Skype co-founder Janus Friis-backed end-to-end encrypted mobile messaging app, has added a username option -- allowing people to communicate with others via the app without having to share t

The Many Ways Of WeChat: How Messaging Is Eating The World

In February 2011, I visited my friend Bill Huang who worked for Tencent in Shenzhen. Bill was telling me about their new messaging app, called WeChat, that had just launched. At the time, I had been u

Line Messaging App Inks Deal With Carrier Telefónica For Exclusivity In Key Firefox OS Markets

The Line messaging app that spent last year pushing beyond its home market of Japan has inked a deal aiming to bolster its presence in markets in Latin America. Today it’s announcing a partnersh

KakaoTalk Looking At Adding News Content Service To Its 130M-User-Strong Mobile Messaging Platform

South Korea’s KakaoTalk is considering launching a news content service, to further flesh out its mobile messaging app feature set which already includes group voice chats, event scheduling &amp

BlackBerry Messenger Directory Search App Lands On Android & Charts Uptick In BBM Interest

BlackBerry hardware may be languishing unloved on warehouse shelves but the company formerly known as RIM's long-in-the-tooth mobile messaging client, BBM, ain't dead yet. Indeed, it's enjoying a bit

From 1BN To 2BN Users: Mobile Messaging Apps To Get “Mass Adoption” In 2014, Says Ovum

If you thought the hype around mobile messaging apps had reached some pretty crazy heights already -- what with SnapChat apparently snubbing cash acquisition offers of $3bn and even $4bn, from Faceboo

Global Mobile Android/iOS Messaging App Map Dominated By WhatsApp — But BBM Bags A Foothold

The mobile messaging app landscape continues to be highly geographically fragmented, with different messaging services doing well in different global regions. Despite ongoing localised variety, messag

Message App Line Hits 300M Registered Users, Up From 200M 4-Months Ago — Gunning For 500M In 2014

Line has announced it's added another 100 million people to its registered user count in just four months, pushing it past the 300 million user mark globally. It revealed the new numbers at a press co

Scringo’s Community-Builder SDK Now Lets Developers Add Stickers & Paid Sticker Packs To Any App

Israel-based startup Scringo, which offers a cross-platform SDK to help developers add social elements such as messaging to their apps to increase user retention and boost in-app engagement, has added

Carriers Increasingly Open To Working With Mobile Messaging Startups, Research Finds

Carriers haven't typically been friendly with startups, especially over-the-top messaging players that circumvent native phone comms -- viewing them as thieves of traditional voice and SMS revenues, a

Line Adds Vine-Style Clip Maker & Video Calling To Its Mobile Messaging Platform

The largest mobile messaging apps are increasingly social platforms in their own right. There is more evidence of that today as Line Corporation has added yet another feature to its platform play. Sna

Philippines Telco Rolls Up Six Messaging Apps — Including Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp — Into One Unlimited Access Data Bundle

Philippines carrier Globe Telecom is extending a previous unlimited access bundle it began offering last July, with Viber, to include five more messaging services: Facebook Messenger, Kakao Talk, What

Japan’s Line Passes 200M Registered Users Of Its Messaging App But Still Isn’t Reporting Monthly Actives

Line continues its apparent growth tear. The mobile messaging app that's extremely popular in its home market of Japan has announced it's passed the 200 million global registered users mark, some two

Messaging App Lands On Android, After Pulling In 250,000+ iOS Users In 90 Days, a mobile messaging app created by Keith Teare, co-founder of TechCrunch and partner at incubator Archimedes Labs, which launched on iOS back in April has now gone live on Google Play for

WhatsApp Still Killing It By Messaging Volume Despite Free Rivals Crowding In

Along with Skype, WhatsApp is the granddaddy of the mobile messaging app space. But despite its relative great age it appears to be continuing to build usage momentum. Earlier today WhatsApp announced

After Pivoting To Be U.S. Only, Mobile Messaging App Lango Adds Topical Emoji To Piggyback On Trends & TV Chit-Chat

Lango, the U.S. mobile picture-messaging app formerly known as Zlango and backed by Benchmark and DAG ventures to the tune of $20 million in total, is sharpening its focus on its target U.S. market by

Zoobe Wants To Cute-Ify Your Voice Messages With Animated 3D Cartoon Avatars

The mobile messaging space is exploding with ever more colourful ways to communicate, augmenting the basics of text and voice -- whether that's stickers, one-to-many video chats or the ability to leav

Mobile Messaging Apps: A Primer

The global mobile messaging app space is the new social battleground. Startups that would have had little chance of unseating Facebook’s dominance on the web are attacking Zuckerberg’s empire by r