Beluga to Shut Down Stand-Alone Service on Dec. 15
Beluga has announced that it will cease offering its independent Facebook messaging application by December 15. Beluga was purchased by Facebook earlier this year, and its technology was incorporated into the native Facebook messaging applications for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices. Given the permeation of the application across today's most popular smartphone platforms, Beluga feels the stand-alone app is no longer necessary. Starting November 11, Beluga users will no longer be able to send new messages, though they will be able to retrieve their old messages and download them if they wish. The service will shutter entirely on December 15.
Facebook Reminding Users to Download Messenger
Facebook has begun reminding mobile users about its upcoming plan to carve the messaging feature out of the main app in favor of the stand-alone Messenger application. Facebook initially announced the change in April.
Facebook Messenger for Android Updated to Match iPhone
Facebook has updated the Android version of its Messenger application with the same new features given to the iPhone version earlier this week. Facebook Messenger for Android is now able to send videos directly from the camera roll, and will instantly playback videos received in conversation threads.
Facebook Messenger Adds Video Clip Feature
Facebook has pushed out an update to its Messenger application for both Android and iOS and added several new features. The most significant new feature is the ability to record and send 15-second video clips to other Facebook users from within the app itself.
Skype Debuts Qik Video Messaging App
Skype today announced a new video messaging app called Qik. The service, explains Skype, is to give smartphone users a fun way to interact with others and maintain conversations that have more personality than standard text messages or video calls.
Beluga will now be selling ringtones instead