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.

Russia hits popular Telegram messaging app with ‘immediate’ nationwide ban

Despite its popularity among local government officials, Telegram messaging access is to be shut down in Russia following a court order.

After Facebook, BlackBerry also wants Snap to pay for messaging patent infringement

Canada-based BlackBerry Limited may be out of the mobile phone-making business, but it’s certainly not out of the tech company-suing business, setting its sights on Snap Inc shortly after Facebook.

Facebook Messenger Kids lets children chat with pre-approved contacts in total safety

Facebook has a new children-friendly instant messaging app available as a preview on US iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches, aptly named Messenger Kids.

You now have seven minutes to delete WhatsApp messages ‘for everyone’

With the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, it’s possible to delete embarrassing messages within seven minutes of their sending.

Skype gains convenient Send Money functionality for PayPal transfers on Android and iOS

PayPal just made it easier for IM and video chat addicts to exchange money on mobile devices with direct Skype Android and iOS app integration.

WhatsApp maintains astounding growth pace, reaching 1 billion daily active users

Soon enough, Facebook’s family of social and messaging services will literally be unable to grow any further, as WhatsApp just crossed 1 billion DAUs.

Viber further beefs up user privacy with Secret Chat features for Android and iOS

Android and iOS instant messaging app Viber adds Secret Chat functionality to a bag of tricks also including encryption and “secret messages.”
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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.

Viber indefinitely makes calls from the US to Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen free

Viber’s mission is to “connect people” regardless of their origin and religion, with free calls now offered from the US to seven Muslim majority countries.
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Why are we still using instant messaging apps at all?

Do we really need a gabillion instant messaging apps? Do our friends have to install them too? Find out here if there’s a better way.