Kineto Announces Skype-Killer for Carriers
Kineto Wireless today announced Smart VoIP, a new over-the-top VoIP application that can be used by wireless network operators to compete with the likes of Skype and other mobile VoIP services. Kineto says that the application works over Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE; can be tied to a carrier's core voice network; and uses the carrier's existing IMS voice infrastructure. The application works with a number of smartphone platforms, such as Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Smart VoIP can be branded by the carrier and offered via the carriers' own app store to customers. Kineto is positioning the application as a way for carriers to keep customers using its services rather than just its network.
Skype for iOS Gains Siri Support
Microsoft today released a new version of Skype for iOS 10 devices that includes support for Siri. Skype users can now initiate Skype calls by asking Siri to connect them.
Skype Redesigns Android App to Aid Usability
Skype has updated its Android mobile application with a refreshed user interface. Skype believes the changes make Skype look better and easier to use.
Microsoft Brings Cortana Assistant to Skype for Android and iOS
Microsoft today ported its Cortana personal assistant to its Skype chatting application, providing people with access to information without forcing them to leave Skype. Microsoft says Cortana in Skype can suggest useful information based on chat contents, suggest smart replies, manage schedules and/or reminders, and more.
Skype for Android Now Compatible with Android Wear
Skype has updated its Android application with support for Android Wear, giving people the power to manage Skype messages and calls from their wrist. Skype will surface notifications on Android Wear devices, and can be used to respond to messages via dictation or pre-set text.
Microsoft Adds Carrier Billing to Windows Store
Microsoft has expanded an existing agreement with Boku to bring carrier billing to the Windows Store. Sprint is the first carrier too support the service, which means Sprint customers will be able to charge Microsoft Store purchases to their monthly bill.