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.
Skype Founders Introduce Wire Messaging App
A company called Wire today launched a new messaging app by the same name. Wire was founded by the pioneers behind Skype, which was purchased by Microsoft in 2011.
Google's Allo Messaging App Lands On the Web, Sort Of
Google today brought its assistant-backed Allo messaging application to the web. Allo on the web requires Google's Chrome browser and can only interact with Allo on Android smartphones for now (iPhone support is coming later.) Google says Allo web access requires the latest version of the mobile Allo app on your handset in order to function.
Sony Releases Messaging App for PlayStation Gamers
Sony recently made a stand-alone, mobile messaging app available to users of its PlayStation gaming console. The app, which requires a PlayStation Network account, lets gamers see which friends are online and available, send text or voice messages with photos and stickers, and swiftly access messaging groups and lists.