Tag: Messenger

Move Over WhatsApp, Google Set to Launch Chat, an Android Messenger App

Move Over WhatsApp, Google Set to Launch Chat, an Android Messenger App

Business, Mobile, Startups
Google is rolling out a new chat service to replace standard texting, a move that analysts say will offer Android users advanced features already found in popular chat services such as Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp. But the unveiling also represents a strategic retreat for the tech giant, experts say, which has struggled to prop up a dedicated chat app of its own. The service, dubbed Chat, is not a Google messaging app but will run on Android phones through partnerships with dozens of mobile carriers around the world. Chat offers several upgrades for Android users whose messaging relies on SMS, or short message service, a text-based system that has been widely adopted but surpassed by more feature-rich messaging apps. Using a new standard called Rich Communications Ser

What’sApp with that? Facebook to shut down chat function forcing users to install its Messenger app

Business, Mobile, social media
For many people, chatting to friends is a major reason to use Facebook’s app on their smartphone. But soon they will have to download the social network’s partner app, called Messenger, to carry on their instant conversations. Facebook is reportedly notifying users of its popular app that they will no longer be able to send 'chat' messages and will instead have to swap to Messenger, which was launched three years ago. It follows the company's acquisition of another popular messaging app, WhatsApp, for US$19billion As Guardian Reports, Facebook will remove chat from its iPhone and Android app, forcing users to download its separate Messenger app if they want to continue sending and receiving private messages. Facebook plans to eventually require that users in all countries install t