Rawr Messenger Set to Launch on Android Early Next Month

Rawr Messenger Set to Launch on Android Early Next Month

Jun 27, 2016

Avatar-powered messaging app Rawr Messenger has already found a place on iOS, and is now set for an Android release next month.

A bit more about the app (which has a bunch of august investors including Arielle Zuckerberg):

The free-to-use Rawr app, available on iOS (with an Android release scheduled for later in 2016), enables friends to design personalised avatars, through which they can chat to each other by text and, uniquely, interact through hundreds of entertaining animations, expressions, and dynamic emojis. The app’s ‘Globetrotter’ option (modeled as a modern-day equivalent to pen pals) allows random users from all over the world to be paired together and chat anonymously and safely.

Founder and product chief Oskari ‘Ozz’ Häkkinen talks about people looking to communicate. “The face of communication has changed dramatically over the past few years, with consumers increasingly looking for exciting and unconventional ways to talk to each other,” he says. “Rawr will be at the forefront of this shift; allowing people to build avatars which reflect their personalities (or how they aspire to be), and to perform hundreds of unique and entertaining interactions with their friends. As messaging overtakes social media in terms of ubiquity and popularity, we plan to be at the forefront of innovation in the space.”

As noted, the app should be up and going for Android users in early July.

Google+ Hangouts Updated with More Usability Features

Google+ Hangouts Updated with More Usability Features

Sep 10, 2014

Google+ Hangouts, Google’s multi-functional mobile messaging utility, has just received a decently sized update.

According to the Play Store changelog, new features in the new build include:

● Customize ringtones for each of your Hangouts
● Block SMS messages from specific phone numbers
● Restore contacts that you have previously hidden
● Layout support for right-to-left languages

Additionally, according to an earlier report from Android Central, it seems as though Google is rolling out a server-side change that allows Google Voice SMS to be routed and managed from within Hangouts. This hearkens to the expected merging of Voice into Hangouts.

It’s also pertinent to note that Google Voice has an update available.

Hangouts is available on the Play Store for free.

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[Source: Google Play and Android Central]

Rumr Lets You Have Anonymous Conversations With Your Friends

Rumr Lets You Have Anonymous Conversations With Your Friends

Mar 31, 2014

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If you need to speak your mind freely among a group of your friends, that’s exactly what Rumr can give you. Add friends or other acquaintances into a group chat, where everyone is anonymous and the only way to tell people apart is their message colors. The app can be downloaded for free from here: Rumr on Google Play.

Presenting Wickr, A Simple Secure Messaging App

Presenting Wickr, A Simple Secure Messaging App

Mar 20, 2014

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If you’re on a cautious side and don’t want the NSA snooping on your mobile messages, here’s an app to make you feel a bit more comfortable. Wicker presents a “military-grade encryption” and other tools to remove any traces of any conversation. The app is very easy to use and is free. You can download it for free from here: Wickr-Top Secret Messenger on Google Play.

Record Live Reactions From Your Friends With ReactChat

Record Live Reactions From Your Friends With ReactChat

Feb 25, 2014

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It’s a very simple, but brilliant idea. ReactChat is a simple chat program, much like your native messaging app, but it provides a small and very unique feature: When someone shares a picture or a video, the person who recieves the image gets his reaction recorded through the front camera of the device. Then this short video is automatically sent to the first person. This way you can exchange content and see each other’s reaction without having to be in a video-chat all the time. The app can be downloaded for free from here: ReactChat on Google Play.

Guess Who You Are Talking To In Backchat

Guess Who You Are Talking To In Backchat

Jan 24, 2014

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Backchat is a small new messaging app, created by a tech-savvy 14-year old, and that allows friends to communicate anonymously. Apart from the anonymity, fun comes in the form of clues that are dropped to a receiving person, who needs to guess the caller. The app is available for free from here: Backchat on Google Play.

Voxox Launches Over-The-Top Messaging Service For Android

Voxox Launches Over-The-Top Messaging Service For Android

Oct 23, 2013

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Mobile network overgrowth with lots of fragmented, individual messaging services is quite a problem. Voxox is a messaging service that promises to unite mobile users into one network, using cloud-based servers. Not only does it allow its users to talk freely inside of it, but it also allows sending SMS messages to other services for dirt cheap. Voxox can be downloaded for free from here: Voxox on Google Play.

Send SMS and Email Messages Silently With In The Dark

Send SMS and Email Messages Silently With In The Dark

Oct 8, 2013

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It’s a pain trying to send a message in a crowded room, or cinema, without disturbing everyone. In The Dark helps with this problem by allowing its users to send messages, with as little hustle as possible, as it’s optimized to not draw any attention to itself. In The Dark can be downloaded from here: In The Dark on Google Play.

BlackBerry Messenger Coming to Android

BlackBerry Messenger Coming to Android

May 14, 2013

For folks who cut their smartphone teeth with RIM BlackBerry devices, the PIN-driven BlackBerry Messenger invokes cool memories. It was — is — a fantastic messaging application that allowed users to communicate without having to give up stuff like email. It was the crown jewel of the BlackBerry ecosystem.

Since its heyday, things have changed. RIM’s fortunes changed significantly, and the company’s leadership underwent major churn. It recently launched its new BB10 OS, dropped the name RIM to become known as BlackBerry, and with BB10 came a souped-up, bionic BBM system with videochat and screenshare functionality that took a fantastic messaging service and blasted it into the stratosphere.

And now, today, at BlackBerry Live event in Orlando, it was announced that BBM will be coming to Android and iOS this summer.

It initially won’t be on par with the BB10 version. Features like video chat will be coming in the future. In a world dominated by services like Whatsapp, it’s tough to see any new cross-platform entrant doing major damage, but BBM comes with a formidable user base still.

BBM on Android: if you had asked me 4 or 5 years ago, I would have taken that bet. But hey, things change. In this case, the consumer wins. Long live BBM, and long live choice.

Cnectd Wants to Let People Message Not Just Friends and Family, But New People as Well

Cnectd Wants to Let People Message Not Just Friends and Family, But New People as Well

Oct 25, 2012

There are plenty of apps that are built to replace texting services, that allow users to send things like pictures to each other without using their messaging plans, which can get pricey for limited messages or just paying for unlimited services. That’s what Cnectd is. And hey, it does offer easy group messaging, so once multiple users come together, then a service like this has value.

But one thing that Cnectd is trying to do differently is to try and connect people who don’t know each other together. There’s the ability to discover other users of Cnectd that are nearby, which includes their latest status update (initially imported from Facebook if set up with that, though customizable through the app itself), and they can be added as contacts before being contacted. Obviously, there’s a potential element of weirdness by just being contacted by strangers, so it is possible to disable being discovered. Still, it serves as an interesting way to find other users of the app, and it allows it to become a social network of its own, rather than just another proprietary texting service. Cnectd is available for free from Google Play, and it also is available on iOS, and even BlackBerry. Seriously.