Nokia Rebrands, Improves Chat Software
Today Nokia began offering a revised version of its Nokia Chat program. The new version, called Contacts on Ovi, brings a number of fixes and improvements. It now supports S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, and there is also a J2ME version available for Series 40 phones. Contacts on Ovi, which is beta software, offers the ability to chat via Instant Messaging clients complete with emoticons, presence and "enhanced" presence, which adds user data to presence, such as what you are listening to. The software is free to download.
HMD Global Allowing Nokia 8 Owners to Beta Test Oreo
HMD Global unveiled the Nokia Phones Beta Lab, where it will make pre-release versions of software available to interested testers. The first release is a beta build of Android 8 Oreo, which is being offered to the Nokia 8 smartphone.
Facebook Brings Instant Video to Messenger
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.
Nokia Brings Back the 3310
Nokia today introduced a new version of the old Nokia 3310 phone. It includes a color screen, Snake, and the original Nokia ringtone.
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.