Messaging & Bot War

By Hoan Do | Cyber-war of Messaging Apps and Bots

Samsung's emoji-based chat app for people with language disorders is here

In an effort to help people suffering from aphasia to communicate with their loved ones, Samsung has built Wemogee, a free chat app that uses emoji to easily translate their thoughts into messages.<p>Aphasia is a disorder usually caused by brain injury or disease that affects people’s ability to …

Apps

Workplace by Facebook continues to mature

At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool, including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers.<p>When Workplace by …

Enterprise

Pornhub launches 'Snapchat for nudes' so you can put filters on your genitalia

Pornhub wants to help you step your sexting game up and turn your dirty NSFW selfies into totally SFW nude pics – which is why the adult entertainment giant is launching its very own ‘Snapchat for nudes.’<p>Available for free on the App Store and Google Play, Trickpics is a simple image manipulation …

Snapchat

WhatsApp Might Be Introducing An 'Unsend' Function

Have you ever sent a message and the second you hit 'send', thought, 'shit, why did I send that?' My bet is you have done that very thing, more than …

On Growing: 7 Lessons from the Story of WeChat

Founders are increasingly pointing to Asia when asked for an example of a product they aspire to create, and WeChat is very often that aspirational …

Messaging

Let’s Watch It! allows friends to watch & react to videos together on iMessage

A new application for iMessage called “Let’s Watch It!” introduces an easy way for you to share and watch YouTube or Twitch videos with friends to watch together, as well as react to them, and even voice or video chat while viewing.<p>The iMessage App Store doesn’t yet have a lot of breakout hits at …

Apps

Chip’s new chatbot app points the way to ‘plugin banking’

When London fintech startup Chip launched late last year, the company’s vision was something a lot more ambitious than a simple ‘micro savings’ app delivered through a millennial-friendly chatbot. Instead, the plan was always to become a fully-fledged banking app that ‘plugs’ into your existing …

Banking

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

Machine Learning

Facebook’s Perfect, Impossible Chatbot

Amazon’s Alexa can summon an Uber and satisfy a four-year-old’s demand for fart noises. Siri can control your Internet-connected thermostat. Each …

Chatbots

Facebook’s business model for Messenger won’t be payments and commerce after all

Messenger is focused on mobile advertising — just like the rest of Facebook.<p>When Facebook hired David Marcus, the former president of PayPal, to run Facebook Messenger back in 2014, some assumed the company would start to build Messenger’s business model around payments and commerce.<p>Other messaging …

Messaging

Slack passes 5 million daily users and launches in-message drop-down menus for apps

Chatbots

Facebook Messenger adds group payments to make sure your shady friends pay up

We’ve all been there before: you go out to eat with a group of people and pay the bill, only to have someone ‘forget’ to pay you back. Facebook Messenger’s new group payment feature could go a long way to solve that.<p>Previously, you could only pay or request money from one person at a time on …

Facebook

Slack developers get another small tool to fill out their bot functionality

Slack developers have been able to add a few buttons to the bottom of their responses in their in-line commands, but it seems like that was starting to get a little out of hand.<p>It’s pretty common for developers to start bending platform functionality to the point of breaking, and in this case some …

Enterprise
Messaging

Facebook Messenger’s AI ‘M’ suggests features to use based on your convos

Write “You owe me $20” and Messenger will suggest you use its payments feature. If someone says “goodbye,” Messenger will recommend a “bye-bye” GIF. That’s how Facebook’s new M Suggestions work.<p>Facebook’s artificial intelligence assistant will privately interject these recommendations above the …

Facebook

Introducing Live Location in Messenger

By Selena Wang, Product Manager, Messenger<p>Today we’re excited to announce a new way to share your location in Messenger. Our new Live Location …

Facebook

Facebook Messenger rolls out mention alerts and message Reaction emoji

Group chat will get a bit less chaotic with the global rollout of two Facebook Messenger features it was previously testing in Vietnam.<p>Users can now @mention friends in a group chat to send them a special notification to reply to your message so they don’t miss it in a noisy thread. You just type …

Messaging

Google adds new reasons to install its Duo and Allo apps

Updates will bring audio-only calls and file sharing to the video-calling and chat apps.<p>Google wants you to use its Duo app for calls -- with or without video.<p>At its Google for Brazil event in São Paulo, the search giant announced that its video-calling app for Android and iOS will now support …

Google

iOS 11 rumour on users getting chat screenshot alerts is freaking people out

It probably is just an idea right now with no verified source.<p>User on social media have been freaking out ever since tweets and retweets are claiming …

iOS

With Snapchat Bitmojis, you can now put your favorite friends on speed chat

Why it matters to you<p>Frequent Snapchatters can chat a bit more efficiently with a quicker way to access friends from the home screen or the Today …

WhatsApp brings back text Status it replaced with Stories

The Snapchatification of everything has resulted in backlash for WhatsApp, prompting it to revive its text Status option while keeping its image-based replacement. The move shows how social apps must quickly react to feedback if they make a false step in modernizing to adapt to visual communication.<p>…

Messaging

Teams, Microsoft’s Slack rival, opens to all Office 365 users

After unveiling a limited preview of Teams in November last year, Microsoft is now rolling out its collaboration and communication platform, positioned as a rival to Slack, more widely: Teams is now available, and free, for all 85 million monthly active users of Office 365, Microsoft’s suite of …

Microsoft

The argument for and against Facebook Messenger Day

The stakes are high as Facebook gambles its messaging user base on a bet to beat Snapchat at its own game. Some people are downright pissed that Facebook would “ruin” Messenger by forcing messy social media into a clean chat app for a chance at glory and riches. Yet there’s an even bigger audience …

Facebook

TechCrunch - Messenger now has to figure out what it really is

Messenger now has to figure out what it really is

Facebook Messenger has perfected its Snapchat clone

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Facebook Messenger is rolling out its Snapchat stories clone, dubbed “Messenger Day,” globally, according to TechCrunch.<p>Messenger users can share ephemeral illustrated …

Sorry, iPhone fans, the latest Snapchat Bitmoji feature is Android only

Snapping your friends is now a bit more whimsical. If you're an Android user with the beta Snapchat app, that is.<p>An observant member of the Twitterverse noticed that Snap Inc. has rolled out a new feature further integrating Bitmoji into its service for some users.<p>Specifically, you can now plop …

Snapchat

That time Facebook went too far

Facebook’s attempts to clone Snapchat know no limit.<p>The social networking giant is in the enviable position of owning a number of the world’s most used internet services and applications. Facebook the social network is closing in on two billion registered users — a level of global reach that is …

Facebook

Google Hangouts is getting a major overhaul to take on Slack

Video chat is getting way better, too<p>If you know anything about Google’s messaging strategy in the last few years, you know that it’s been a bit of a mess. Allo, the consumer app, launched without the cross-platform features users expect. Text messaging on mobile is mired in inter-carrier warfare. …

Google

Facebook Messenger Day launches as a Snapchat Stories clone for making plans

Today Facebook is globally launching Messenger Day to put a utilitarian spin on the slideshow format. While Snapchat Stories is for retelling what you’ve done, Messenger Day’s “Who’s up for?” filters and Active Now indicators help you find friends to chat and meet up with.<p>Now after gaining millions …

Snapchat