Samsung's ChatON Now Available to Windows Phones
Samsung today made a version of its home-brewed instant messaging service ChatON available to the Windows Phone platform. The application, which is already available to the Bada, Android, BlackBerry, and iOS platforms, lets users send text, picture, and video messages to other ChatON users via the data network. Features of the app include animated messages, location-sharing, calendar, multimedia sharing, and group chat. The application is free and can be downloaded from the Samsung Zone within the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Facebook Adds More Control Over Location Sharing In Messenger
Facebook today altered the way it handles location sharing within Messenger. Previously, Messenger allowed users to set their location-sharing status to on or off.
Snapchat Adds Group Chats for Up to 16 People
Snapchat updated its mobile app today with a new feature. Users can now video chat with up to 16 of their friends at one time.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
BlackBerry Makes BBM Privacy Features Free
BBM users now have more control over their messages thanks to an update BlackBerry made available to Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices. All three platforms now have unlimited use of the Retract and Timer features.
Hangouts for Android Adds Video Messages, Improves Invites
Google updated its Hangouts app for Android devices this week with a handful of new features. First and foremost, the app now allows Android owners to record and share video messages — a feature that's been in the iOS version of Hangouts for two years.
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