Samsung's ChatOn Lets Users Recall Messages
Samsung recently updated its ChatOn messaging application for Android devices and added several new features. One of the most prominent new powers is the ability to recall sent messages, even if the message has already been read. The app now supports file transfers up to 1GB (limited to 5 transfers per day); lets users attach location data to messages via Glympse; and includes SMS support for one-on-one message threads. The app also has an improved user interface for both single and group conversations. ChatOn for Android is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
Google Hits Refresh Button on Hangouts for Android
Google today pushed out a significant update to its Hangouts messaging application for Android devices that puts it inline with the iOS app. Google overhauled Hangouts' visual appearance with material design, and improved how the app feels thanks to more fluid transitions, and better touch response.
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.
Instagram Boosts Appeal of Direct Messages with Threaded Convos
Instagram today improved the private messaging features of its Android and iOS apps through an update. To start, messages between individuals and groups are now threaded, rather than separate.