IDT Pitches OTT Messaging Service to Carriers
IDT today announced IDT Messaging, an over-the-top messaging service the company hopes to sell to wireless network operators. IDT is pitching its messaging service as a way for carriers to reel back in customers who've left traditional texting plans in favor of third-party OTT apps, such as WhatsApp, Viber, and others. IDT says its messaging service combines traditional messaging and IP messaging. Out of the gate, IDT is offing iOS, Android, Java, and web apps; cloud storage for contacts, messages, and media; group conversations; photo, video, and location sharing; and stickers, emoji, and other personalization content. IDT Messaging also includes something called MagicWords. This technology will dynamically add web links to conversations on the fly so participants can find more information about select words in the thread. IDT says its new messaging product can be deployed by carriers quickly and requires no hardware installation. IDT is offering IDT Messaging as a white label service, which means wireless network operators would put their own brand on it.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
T-Mobile Launches RCS-Based Advanced Messaging
T-Mobile today announced Advanced Messaging, a refresh of its base messaging service that adds several powerful features. Advanced Messaging is based on Rich Communications Services (RCS), which allows T-Mobile to offer near real-time chatting.