Google Subsidiary Launches Group Messenger App
Google-owned Slide Inc. on Friday released a new group messaging application called Disco messenger. The application, which initially is only available to the iPhone, lets people create and manage group messaging sessions. It creates a number for the group messaging sessions and then pushes the message from that number to all the participants. Everyone in the group — even non-iPhone users — can reply to everyone in the group and participate in the conversation. T-Mobile recently announced that the Android-based Sidekick 4G will have a group messaging feature, though it didn't say what company/service provides the software behind it.
Facebook Enables Group Calls from Messenger
Facebook today said group calling is now available within its Messenger app. Users around the globe can call any group by tapping on the phone icon in the conversation thread.
Facebook Messenger Adds Message Reactions and @Replies
Facebook today announced several new features for Messenger that should make the messaging application even more interactive. First, the app adds the ability to react to messages in one-on-one or group chats.
Facebook Improves User Control Over Group Chats in Messenger
Facebook today expanded the tools people can use to manage large group chats in Messenger. Administrator privileges allow people to approve new members before they can join a group chat, as well as remove members and promote/demote another user to/from the role of admin.
Facebook Messenger Adds Group Payments
Facebook today made it possible to pay groups of people within Messenger. The app has supporter peer-to-peer payments since 2015, but they were limited to single people.