Verizon Adds Features to Cloud-Based Messaging Service
Verizon Wireless today updated its Verizon Messaging product, a cloud-based, cross-platform service that lets people send messages between smartphones, tablets, and PCs. The new version of Verizon Messaging bakes in support for Glympse, which allows users to share their location data with others. Further enhancements to the app include the ability to customize photos with collages, captions and sketches; send customized postcards; and record and send audio clips. Verizon Messaging is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop browsers.
Verizon Updates Cloud App with Smart Albums
Verizon Wireless has improved the Verizon Cloud app for Android devices with new features called Smart Albums and Print Shop. Smart Albums can automatically select the best photos and videos to create albums based on events and locations.
Snapchat 2.0 Features Refreshed Chat Tools
Snapchat today pushed up a major update to its service that improves the app's ability to handle messages, photos, and videos. Snapchat now lets users transition between these ways of communication with a simpler user interface, and allows people to send videos or audio snippets even when recipients aren't online.
Skype Debuts Qik Video Messaging App
Skype today announced a new video messaging app called Qik. The service, explains Skype, is to give smartphone users a fun way to interact with others and maintain conversations that have more personality than standard text messages or video calls.
Facebook Messenger Adds Video Clip Feature
Facebook has pushed out an update to its Messenger application for both Android and iOS and added several new features. The most significant new feature is the ability to record and send 15-second video clips to other Facebook users from within the app itself.
Verizon Allowing Customers to Send Starbucks Gift Cards via Text
Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers can send Starbucks eGift cards to one another from within the Verizon Messages application. The application lets users pick a background, amount ($5, $10, or $25), and enter a short message.