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WhatsApp Still Killing It By Messaging Volume Despite Free Rivals Crowding In (Original)

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Along with Skype, WhatsApp is the granddaddy of the mobile messaging app space. But despite its relative great age (~47 months), certainly compared to the myriad messaging newcomers, it appears to be continuing to build usage momentum. Earlier today WhatsApp announced a new daily messaging metric record, following on from its recent “bigger than Twitter” boast. Its new daily high is 10 billion+ inbound (sent) messages and 17 billion+ outbound (received) messages — making for a total of 27 billion+ processed missives in 24 hours.

The reason for the inbound/outbound discrepancy is down to WhatsApp’s group chat feature which means one sent message can be seen by multiple participants. Group chat in WhatsApp still refers to message-based comms since it doesn’t support VoIP calls (although it does offer the ability to send audio notes — so keeping true to its messaging ethos).

Back in April WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum told the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference that the messaging app was seeing an average of 8 billion inbound, and 12 million outbound messages per day, so its new daily record is still within touching distance of those averages. Still, it does indicate WhatsApp is continuing to build momentum, despite all the additional (free) competition in the messaging app space. …

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BBM as a preload? BlackBerry’s messaging service set to come pre-installed on rival devices (Original)

BlackBerry says it's in talks with a number of handset makers which could see its BBM service come preloaded on rival devices. The news comes a few weeks after the mobile maker said it would soon be rolling out its messaging service to iOS and Android.…

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China Mobile launches Skype-like VoIP service (Original)

Targeting international users of OTT voice, messaging services

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Who will rule the post-texting world? In search of the ultimate messaging app (Original)

The age of the messaging app is upon us. You’ve got text chat, voice chat, video chat, one-on-one or in groups, with the ability to share files, photos, or even live video footage. The question is – what’s the best messaging app around?…

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Cord cutting is real, multichannel video industry losing subscribers (Original)

Research analysts say that despite adding 195,000 new subscribers in the U.S. in the first quarter this year, major multichannel video providers still suffered a net loss over a four-quarter period, indicating that cord cutting has had an impact.…

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Watch out WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger is headed to iOS and Android this summer (Original)

BlackBerry will release a BBM application for iOS and Android device this summer, bringing its popular messaging app to other platforms for free, and for the first time.…

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Skype Now Available for BlackBerry Z10 Users (Original)

In late April we announced that Skype was available for download in a preview version for the BlackBerry Q10 from BlackBerry World. Today, as the BlackBerry 10.1 operating system starts to roll out on the BlackBerry Z10, we are happy to announce that Z10 users around the world will now be able to enjoy the preview version of Skype on their devices.

We have been working closely with BlackBerry to give users the best possible Skype experience on the Z10, just as we have for the Q10. When you download the Skype app, you can try all of Skype’s popular features, and also see how seamlessly the Skype app integrates with the phone book and the BlackBerry Hub.

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With Skype on your BlackBerry Z10 you will be able to talk with your loved ones using free video and voice calling, send them instant messages, or if you know they are busy, reach them through text or video messages. In addition, you’ll be able to call landlines and mobiles all over the world at Skype’s low rates.

Check with your local operator to see when the 10.1 update to the Blackberry operating system is available for your Z10 device and download Skype from the BlackBerry World store to easily connect with your family and friends.…

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Take That, Gmail: Outlook.com Lets You Chat With Your Google Contacts (Original)

Outlook.com is taking a major step to woo Gmail devotees by integrating Google Talk contacts into its webmail messenger service.

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Microsoft adds built-in Google Talk to Outlook.com and SkyDrive.com (Original)

Microsoft adds builtin Google Talk to Outlookcom and SkyDrivecom

Make no mistake, we don't just like Outlook.com; we love it. The problem with Microsoft's revamped email service, though, is that ditching Gmail can be a tough sell, as it's meant giving up features like built-in Gchat. At last, however, Microsoft is adding support for Google Talk, which means you can keep sending your friends dancing-parrot videos even after you make the switch. (Outlook.com still does Facebook and Skype chatting too.) What's more, you'll find Gchat baked into SkyDrive.com -- a handy tool if you happen to be collaborating with Google users. To clarify, this feature is only coming to the Outlook and SkyDrive websites for now -- Dharmesh Mehta, Sr. Director of Outlook.com, told us Microsoft is still considering how GTalk might fit into its mobile apps. In the meantime, though, you can load up Outlook in your browser if you want a peek. And don't worry if nothing shows up right away: the company is warning users that the roll-out could take several days.

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Google Brings Its Cloud Messaging Push Notification Service To Chrome (Original)

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At last year’s I/O, Google launched its Cloud Messaging push notification service for Android. This week, it extended this service to Chrome and Chrome OS, which, Google says, allows Chrome apps and extension developers to wake up their apps remotely and/or send alerts to users.

While mobile app developers have long been familiar with the concept of push notifications, this is a pretty novel service for web developers. Unless a Chrome app or extension is running in the background and pulling down information from the service, after all, users can’t usually receive alerts like news updates or stock ticker notifications from the developers’ servers.

Google product manager Mark Scott writes in his announcement that ”event pages keep apps and extensions efficient by allowing them to respond to a variety of events, such as timers or navigation to a particular site, without having to remain running persistently.” This works, but it does consume bandwidth and reduce battery life if you are on a laptop or Chromebook.

Cloud Messaging for Chrome, on the other hand, allows developers to push messages directly to signed-in users. As long as the user is signed in and on a machine where the app or extension is installed, the alerts should automatically start appearing.…

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