WhatsApp beta features reverse image search, in-app browser

It’s not exactly clear how the in-app browser will help cut the spread of fake news as much as the other feature on WhatsApp.

OnePlus’s OxygenOS adopts Google Duo as standard video calling app

Google Duo seems to be getting steady pickup from users and OnePlus wants to reflect that popularity back on its own software with deeper integrations.

Google and WhatsApp are using AI to kick users, flag spam on a massive scale

Google is using machine learning to block more spam on Gmail. WhatsApp is trying to cut users who spread fake news as an election looms in India.

Facebook Messenger unsend feature is rolling out, has a 10-minute limit

The feature, officially titled “Remove for Everyone,” lets Facebook Messenger users delete their own messages from the entire conversation.

Facebook-Instagram-WhatsApp messenger amalgam won’t come until at least 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company has its eye on simplifying the direct messaging systems, but it would be a long game.

Slow death of Hangouts begins April 16, consumers not affected

In fact, this will impact G Suite customers, more likely on the enterprise side of things. We know that Google Voice integration will be saved.

Google Duo now on at least 1 billion Android devices

It replaced Hangouts as a default Android app on many devices be they phones or tablets, so it makes sense that it’s spread fast.

Google kills Allo sooner than it will kill(?) Hangouts

Shortly after rumors piled on about recent internal shakeups with Google’s messaging clients, Google came to confirm the news: Allo is dead.

Google: Hangouts users to be migrated to Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet

A G Suite lead says that remaining Hangouts users will have a safety net in messaging with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

A big reason to back up your WhatsApp account to Google Drive

WhatsApp automatically logs down chats, pictures, audio, video and whatever pipes down your conversations. That’s a lot of space taken up.

Android Messages for web is rolling out, bringing RCS everywhere

Who cares if your computer is a Mac or Windows or even Linux? If you have a web browser, you can access your Android phone’s messages now.

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum departs Facebook, exodus expected

Koum left a cordial note as he left the door and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg returned the same. But reporting says that the tensions have been deep over the direction of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp to raise its minimum age to 16 in Europe

The messaging application is taking a different approach than its parent company in limiting its liability for keeping sensitive user data private. And Facebook’s tactic is raising some eyebrows.

Google leaves Allo for dead, shifting its focus on Android Messages and universal ‘Chat’ technology

Technically, Allo is not dead… just yet. But you may want to switch to Android Messages already, and get ready to forget all about archaic SMS technology.

Mark Zuckerberg, deleted Facebook Messenger conversations and an “Unsend” controversy

Several sources say the Facebook CEO’s messages have been deleted from the app. This prompts the company to go public with a new feature, but it misses a huge point.

Facebook Messenger finally gets HD video, 360 photo sharing

Finally, videos can be shared in crystal-clear and razor-sharp… 720p resolution. Well, at least the 360-degree photo sharing is nice.

BBM loses PayPal peer-to-peer payments

BlackBerry Messenger users will have to look to an another chat app for integrated peer-to-peer payments through PayPal.
Google Allo

Google Duo reliability up, Google Allo desktop client in weeks

At least you can’t say Google doesn’t take care of Allo and Duo, but its users and observers are moping about being stuck in the mud.

WhatsApp supporting Android Gingerbread into 2020

As the older BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows platforms well and truly die off, Android Gingerbread is seen as a clinger for WhatsApp.

WhatsApp down for many, outage getting fixed

The service was out for many users worldwide for a time. It is now slowly being restored. Public communications from the company have been nil.

Samsung launches emoji-based Wemogee chat app for people unable to express their thoughts

Emojis can be fun or annoying, but they can also change lives affected by a neurological disorder called aphasia.

Google Talk moves to Hangouts, Google+ on Gmail is done

Several big changes are happening in the back end of Google’s communication mediums that will have big results for users in the front.
Google Allo

Google brings tighter Android Auto integration to underachieving Allo app

Well, Allo there, Android Auto, and nice to finally be able to communicate properly behind the wheel without taking one’s eyes off the road.

Skype lightens the load with Mingo, unreleased app in alpha on Play Store

The new app was clearly made with developing countries in mind, where mobile data economics leave many having to work with SMS and cell calls.

Allo smart messaging app officially debuts with ‘preview edition’ of Google Assistant

More than a month after commercially launching Duo, Google has finally made Allo, its other highly anticipated chat app, available on Android and iOS.