messaging Stories May 18, 2016

GOOG: 706.63

0.40

Following the announcement of Allo this morning, many assumed that Hangouts would be replaced. However, Google has confirmed to numerous publications that Hangouts will remain a separate product and continue to live — for now at least.

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Update: Allo’s Play Store listing offers the ability to preregister to get notified when the app is available for download.

Next up at I/O this year are two new communication apps that integration Google’s services and AI. The first is called Allo and has the Google Assistant built-in right into the app. In addition to integrating Google’s services, it also secure and private…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

messaging Stories May 11, 2016

GOOG: 715.29

-7.89

Starting today, YouTube is rolling out (via Wired) a new native sharing and messaging feature in its Android and iOS apps. While the video network is already a popular destination, YouTube wants to keep people in the app by having conversations about popular videos start and remain there.

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messaging Stories January 18, 2016

GOOG: 694.45

-20.27

WhatsApp’s founder Jan Koum has announced today that the widely-used messaging service is now free to customers. The Facebook-owned company is dropping its subscription service immediately. While it’s only 99 cents per year to use WhatsApp‘s multi-platform messenger app, Koum states that the annual subscription was still a barrier to some users…

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messaging Stories January 13, 2016

GOOG: 700.56

-25.51

Pushbullet service adds photo messaging (MMS) from PC, increased texting reliability

Pushbullet can finally send picture messages (MMS) from your computer. The long awaited feature was just introduced in the first big update of the year along with increased SMS readability.

messaging Stories October 12, 2015

GOOG: 646.67

3.06

Reports surfaced last week suggesting that Google was in talks to invest in secure messaging startup Symphony, and a new report out Monday morning (via Re/code) suggests that the company is about to announce $100 million in funding raised in a recent round from several investors including — as was reported — the Mountain View company… expand full story

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