Report: Google Working on Messaging Service to Rival Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp

Reported by the Wall Street JournalGoogle is working on a brand new messaging service, one to rival Facebook Messenger, Skype, and WhatsApp. If true, it would appear Google is not completely satisfied with its Hangouts offering, but what would differentiate Mountain View’s newly rumored messaging service from the already existing Hangouts?

Stated by sources familiar with the matter, Google is looking incorporate its artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbot technology into it, allowing users to ask questions from within the app, receiving answers from the web. This reminds me heavily of AIM’s SmarterChild bot, which utilized AI-esque technology to return answers based on questions you would ask.  (more…)

Customize Threads With Colors and Emoji on Facebook Messenger With Latest Update

It seems Facebook has been hard at work adding new features into the Messenger app this week, and the latest additions are custom colors and emoji for your individual chats. Now, if you want a custom color for your conversations, you can set a theme from inside of the chat’s settings.

For example, you will normally see the standard blue theme for Facebook, but you can now set red, green, purple, and many other colors as a chat’s theme. A custom theme can be set on each of your conversations, perfect for customizing what you see when talking to different people.  (more…)

Instagram Update Brings “Long Press” Peek Feature to Android

In an update made available to Instagram’s beta users, a new feature has been baked in, which may have you thinking you are using an iPhone. Much like Apple’s 3D Touch, which allows users to long press on items and peek into them, when you are on a profile page or the search menu of the updated Instagram app, you can now long press on thumbnails of photos and videos, peaking into what they have to offer.  (more…)

Facebook has a New Periscope-Like Live Video Feature That You Can’t Use, Android Scrubs

Facebook is the worst. For a company the size of Zuckerbergville, it is shocking to me that they continue to create new apps and services that are iPhone exclusives. But they do! Like today, they created this new live video feature, which sounds like a Periscope rip-off, that is….hold…wait for it…only available for a couple of iPhones at the moment! Yeah, iPhones!  (more…)

Facebook Intros Notify App, Currently Available Only for iOS

There is a new app available from Facebook this morning, titled Notify, but Android users should not hurry over to Google Play just yet. Notify brings you notifications from a multitude of sources such as Bleacher Report, FOX Sports, CNN, Fandango, Vogue, and The Weather Channel, allowing you to get all of your information from a single source, not a variety of apps.  (more…)