Reported by the Wall Street Journal, Google 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…)
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…)
Facebook’s Instant Articles, a feature made for use within the official Facebook app, is now available for Android users. Previously exclusive for iOS, then released as a very limited beta on Android, anyone with access to the Facebook app on Google Play can now partake. (more…)
Live in an area supported by Uber? Use Facebook Messenger on the regular? Good! Facebook announced today that Facebook Messenger now allows for you to request a ride from Uber without ever leaving a conversation. That’s neat, right? (more…)
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 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…)
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…)
Facebook is rolling out a new Notification tab to their mobile apps on both Android and iOS that gives its users more control over the information presented throughout the day or as they change locations. Not only will this tab show your notifications, but you will be able to customize it to show life events, upcoming events you are attending, sports scores, weather, etc. It’s a lot like Google Now, though you may have more control here than what Google gives you with its own service. (more…)