In an effort to make navigation much easier for its users, Snapchat has just launched a universal search bar in its interface. This new universal search bar is easily (and always) accessible at the top section of the mobile app, and people can easily make use of it when searching for friends, groups, Discover publishers, and Our Stories. This latest feature from the messaging giant is now currently being deployed to select Android mobile devices, and it should start arriving at iOS mobile devices as well any day now.
Facebook’s Messenger is launching a new group video chat feature that will basically allow up to six people to appear in split screen conversing in real time to one another. On top of that, this new capability will also let users incorporate selfie masks (a la Snapchat). Moreover, a maximum of 50 people will be able to listen and talk over voice, and also make use of text messages, stickers, emoji, and animated GIFs.
Rogers Communications, a mobile operator based in Canada, just became the second major carrier to join in on the Rich Communications Service (RCS) messaging fun. The first to do so of course was major US wireless carrier Sprint, which launched its support for Google’s RCS on its Android powered handsets about a month ago.
Samsung has revealed recently this week that it has completed its acquisition of NewNet Canada, a firm that specializes in Rich Communications Services (RCS) and is part of NewNet Communication Technologies. Following the purchase, NewNet Canada will now operate as an independent business unit under Samsung Electronics Canada.
Back in February early this year during the annual Mobile World Congress, Google had mentioned that it would be integrating Rich Communications Service (RCS) to mobile devices powered by its Android mobile operating system. Well, the tech giant is making good on that promise now, deploying RCS messaging to Android users with the help of major US wireless carrier Sprint.
During this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference held in the city of San Francisco in California, David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s Messenger, revealed that the social media giant’s messaging platform now has support for native payments without having to direct mobile users to an external website.
FreedomPop, the United States based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) basically known for offering free voice call and data services, is now offering zero rated data from instant mobile messaging platform WhatsApp.
Yup, another major milestone in the track record of the world’s biggest social media network. Facebook has just revealed that its Messenger mobile app has successfully breached the 1 billionth mark in terms of monthly user volume. Quite an achievement, and it only took a couple of years for Facebook’s chat messaging platform to reach that mark right after it became a stand alone app independent of the Facebook app. Facebook itself reached 1 billion users back in 2012, and quite inevitably, Messenger has followed suit.
Yup, mobile users can now view and transmit traditional text messages directly from Facebook’s Messenger mobile app for the Android platform. Basically, this means that text/chat enthusiasts of today will no longer have to switch back and forth from conversations on Facebook Messenger and threads on regular SMS. Now they can do both within the environment of Messenger, but only in Android for now.
Facebook has announced that it is now rolling out a new feature on its Messenger (both for Android and iOS) called group calling, which basically allows users to start a group voice over IP (VoIP) call from any group chat. To use this new feature, people just need to tap the Phone icon, and choose which of the members of the group chat they want to include. All the selected participants will then get a Messenger call simultaneously.
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