Yahoo Intros Free Texting App
Yahoo today announced Hub, a new beta messaging application that lets smartphone users send text messages and conduct group chats for free. The application makes use of a phone's data connection (Wi-Fi or cellular data) to pass messages back and forth. According to Yahoo, Hub is device agnostic, and can communicate with any other device that has a phone number. It works with other devices that don't have Hub installed, which will receive messages as an SMS. Features of Hub include group messaging; local and international SMS messaging; privacy in conversation threads; and push notifications of incoming messages. Hub is available as a beta download from the Android Market.
BlackBerry Expands Hub+ to More Android Phones
BlackBerry today made its BlackBerry Hub+ suite of enterprise applications available to a wider range of devices. At the same time, it added five more apps to the suite.
BlackBerry Offering Privacy Shade Tool to All Hub+ Subscribers
BlackBerry today outlined several changes headed to its suite of Android applications, including the general availability of the Privacy Shade. The Privacy Shade was first made available only to BlackBerry-branded handsets, but will soon be available to any Android handset that relies on the BlackBerry Hub+ service.
Google Releases Allo Messaging App for Android and iOS
Google today made Allo, the messaging app it first revealed back in May, available to Android and iOS devices. Allo expands the ability for expression by tapping into the new Google Assistant, all while keeping conversations secure.
BlackBerry Hub Adapts to the Dark
BlackBerry today pushed out an update to its BlackBerry Hub application for Android devices. The most obvious change is the addition of a dark theme.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.
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