Facebook Adds Voice Messaging to Android/iOS Apps
Facebook today announced new versions of its Android and iOS messenger applications will soon offer a significant new feature: the ability to leave voice messages. In addition to taking photos or sending instant messages, the Facebook Messenger app can be used to record and send short voice messages to other Facebook users. The messages are sent via the mobile device user's data plan. Facebook is also beta testing VoIP-based, phone-to-phone calling within Facebook Messenger, though the beta is limited to customers in Canada. Facebook hasn't said if it will enable VoIP via Facebook Messenger in the U.S. The updated apps will be available for download from the Google Play Store and iTunes beginning later today. Both are free.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Mar 19, 2018
Google today announced several changes to the Google Play Store and Google Play Games apps that should entice Android device owners to check out the latest games. A new feature called Google Instant Play lets people tap and try games directly in the Google Play Store and Google Play Games app without first downloading the game.
Facebook Brings Instant Video to Messenger
Sep 1, 2016
Facebook today added the ability to stream video live within its Messenger application. The feature is different from a two-way video chat, which has been part of Messenger since 2015.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Mar 9, 2017
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Google Testing Hands Free Mobile Payments
Mar 2, 2016
Google today announced a new pilot program that will allow people to pay for goods and services without taking their phone out of their pocket. Hands Free Payments relies on location data, WiFi, Bluetooth beacons, and other sensors to detect nearby participating stores.
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