Posts with tag messaging
Send texts while you Hangout
As Google grows closer and closer to the release of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4, Google made a big public deal about a dramatic improvement to their Google Hangouts application that has been released on the Google Play store today that will just be a perfect fit for your new Nexus. Namely, Hangouts – the iMessage competitor that has always been a step behind Apple and iMessage due to its lack of built in SMS texting support, for those few times your friends aren’t running on Google’s proprietary messaging protocol. But no more. That’s right, starting today, Google has announced that they’ve been SMS texting right into Hangouts, finally making it the iMessage competitor it was just destined to be.
On top of the oft requested feature, Google has announced that they’ve built GIF support right into Hangouts for all your cat meme needs – again following in the footsteps of iMessage, which has supported GIFs for years now. Still, playing catchup isn’t always a bad thing – these are two pretty positive steps in the right direction for Google and Hangouts. Now Google, it’s time to stop playing in the sandbox and bring out the big funs – Android 4.4.
People love WhatsApp
WhatsApp certainly has the reputation as one of the world’s most popular mobile messaging applications, but now we have some real concrete numbers to back that up. According to The Wall Street Journal, WhatsApp is currently home to over 250 million monthly users with over 18 billion messages sent a day – that would be far more than people use Facebook, and more monthly users than Twitter currently sees by over 50 million users – no small number.
WhatsApp most directly competes against Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Message, and Google’s new Hangouts initiative in the mobile messaging space. The market can certainly be seen as currently deadlocked in a battle to be crowned the true “replacement” to the limited SMS protocol, which has been around for quite some time.
Source: The Wall Street Journal