We're still not completely sold on this whole Google Hangouts thing, but the search giant continues to make improvements, including a big update this week that brings the app in line with the rest of iOS 7.
Twitter is often viewed as a platform for "microblogging," but it's increasingly becoming a way for users to communicate directly as well -- could it successfully make the leap to a full-on messaging app?
This weekend was supposed to be a momentous occasion for iPhone and Android users who favor BBM as their preferred messaging app. Unfortunately, BlackBerry had to cut off the fun before it really ever got started.
Google+ is a hit-or-miss proposition for many socially connected folks, so the company’s first Hangouts attempt — originally part of the Google+ app — passed by largely unnoticed. Now available as a standalone app, Hangouts appears hell-bent on reinventing the messaging wheel, but winds up leaving too many spokes off to make this a smooth ride.
Would you like to enjoy download speeds around 1Gbps from a mobile device? Sure you would. Unfortunately, we'll all have to wait until 2020 for 4G LTE to get smoked, but companies like Samsung are already hard at work on the future tech that will be required to make such speeds a reality. If that's too far into the future for you to worry about, fear not: Most of our Tuesday recap is focused on the here and now.
Now here's a bit of good news for those of you paranoid that the government is peeking into your instant message services: At least one government agency is complaining Apple's iMessage is a tough nut to crack.
If users are indeed starting to abandon social networks like Facebook, where are they going? Some are heading to more private turf like Path, which added the ability to send and receive private messages this week.
There's been a lot of activity in the instant messaging space lately, with Microsoft rolling its MSN Messenger into Skype and Facebook increasing the ways mobile users can communicate -- which could soon include the iPad.
For social butterflies who practically live on Facebook, it's hard to understand why those who don't wouldn't want to use the network's login for everything -- and now, that even extends to Facebook Messenger.