Vtok Aims To Bring Google Voice And Video Chat To iOS (Original)
Anyone who has a Gmail or Google Apps account and a number of contacts using either service will probably be able to attest to the convenience of using the Google Chat plugin as a way to connect with friends and family. But while Android has most of the plugin’s features built-in, unfortunately there’s no good way to get the same native voice and video chat functionality on iOS devices.
That’s a problem that a tiny startup called SkyMobius has sought to solve with an app called Vtok. The app goes beyond just enabling iOS users to send messages to their connections logged in to Gmail or Google Apps, and contains many of the features people love about the service. That means voice and video chat first and foremost, but it also includes a number of other features.
The Vtok app has been available for a while, but it recently launched its third version of the app, which includes a major upgrade to its user interface and support for a bunch of new features. In addition to the new UI, Vtok is adding picture messaging to the release, which is one feature Sky Mobius founder Manpreet Singh said users were asking for.…
SendHub, A Google Voice Alternative For Enterprise, Arrives On Android (Original)
SendHub, the Y Combinator-backed call and messaging solution targeting business users and other organizations, is today extending its platform to include support for Android. The company had previously rolled out support for iPhone almost a year ago, promising that an Android option was on the roadmap.
The company says that demand for Android support was high – they were averaging around 30 requests per day from users who wanted an Android version of SendHub.
Like the iOS version, the new app also includes support for calling and texting over Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or cellular voice networks, support for group messages, the ability to add auto-responders and contacts, and more. In addition, it includes support for call transfers – a feature that is currently in the Apple App Store review process, expected to launch in a week or so.
The call transfer feature, like many the company has added in recent months, is designed with the needs of businesses in mind.
SendHub, for those unfamiliar, is something like a more feature-rich alternative to something like Google Voice. While previously targeting both individuals and businesses, it went after the business market more directly with the launch of its SendHub Manger at the beginning of the year.…
Viber Brings Voice Calls To BlackBerry OS (Not BB10) In Beta Update (Original)
Just a few months ago, Skype competitor Viber previewed voice calling on the BlackBerry platform. Viber is available on a multitude of platforms, including iOS, Windows Phone 8, Bada, S40, Symbian, and the list goes on.
However, BlackBerry represents a good chunk of Viber’s user base (it’s their third largest platform behind iOS and Android), and yet it’s still in the minority of Viber apps that don’t have access to voice calls. Today all that changes.
Viber has pushed out an update for BlackBerry users to version 2.4 of the Viber app, finally bringing free voice calls to BlackBerry users for the first time. At first, the update will roll out in a beta version to push the feature out as quickly as possible. Later on, Viber will release the official update.
Here’s what Viber CEO Talmon Marco said in a prepared statement:
BlackBerry is one of the most important markets for us and represents our third largest user base. We are thrilled to bring this community free voice calling, letting them communicate freely with all of their important contacts across multiple platforms.
Interestingly enough, this latest update to voice calling doesn’t include support for the new BB10 operating system BlackBerry is so excited about.…
Thanks for Making Skype a Part of Your Daily Lives – 2 Billion Minutes a Day! (Original)
Today, we are excited to celebrate that our Skype users – YOU – are spending more than 2 billion minutes connecting with each other! 2 BILLION MINUTES!
But just how big is 2 billion minutes, you ask?
That’s enough time to travel to the moon and back over 225 thousand times, walk around Earth more than 845 times or travel to Mars more than 5,400 times.
2 billion minutes is more than 33 million hours of people singing, laughing, joking and staying in touch. That means 1,388,000 days of togetherness which make up more than 3,805 years of sharing or nearly 38 centuries of time spent on Skype in one day.
Thank you for making Skype a part of your daily life. With numbers like these, it’s clear that Skype is for more than just for special occasions – it’s for being together with those who matter most – at work, at home and anywhere in between. With Skype you can connect with the people you care about most on any device – PCs, iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, Androids, Macs, Windows Phones and even TVs.
2 billion minutes is a testament to our users who are making Skype the everyday communications hub that brings people together.…
Viber for Windows Phone 8 update adds free VoIP calling with HD audio (Original)
After several months as a watered down messaging app, Viber for Windows Phone 8 is finally catching up to its Android and iOS counterparts. Starting today, the redesigned VoIP application now supports free calls with HD audio, lock screen notifications and the ability to pin conversations to your Start screen. This
Metro modern UI version of Viber also includes photo sharing and group conversations with up to 40 participants. So, if your call plan is running low on minutes and the latest version of Skype just isn't cutting the mustard, head on over to the source link to give this free VoIP software a whirl.
Via: Windows Phone Blog
Source: Windows Phone Store…
Skype Competitor Viber Launches On Windows Phone 8 (Original)
Viber has made multi-platform expansion its number one priority. It makes sense, given that Viber’s main task is providing free, seamless communication to anyone in the world, regardless of which platform they use.
Today, that expansion includes Windows Phone 8, with a new native Viber app that has been especially tailored to the WP8 UI.
Just like the many Viber apps that have come before it, the new WP8 version includes free text and photo messaging, free VoIP HD calling, group chat with room for 40 of your closest friends, and location sharing. The app supports up to 30 different languages to comply with Viber’s global user base.
In terms of special tailoring for Windows Phone, the new Viber app allows users to pin their favorite conversations to the home screen in the form of a live tile. Of course, users will also get lock screen notifications for conversations that remain unpinned.
Here’s what Talmon Marco, Viber CEO, had to say about the launch:
One of our most important goals is supporting multiple platforms, ensuring our users can reach all of their friends and contacts no matter what mobile OS they use. Supporting Windows Phone 8 is a critical part of this strategy and we are thrilled that Viber will now be available on the growing list of Windows 8 devices.
Google Adds Twilio For The First Voice And Messaging APIs Available Through The Google Cloud Platform And App Engine (Original)
Twilio today is taking one more step in its bid to become the most ubiquitous voice and messaging API available to developers: it is announcing a partnership with Google’s Cloud Platform. This makes it the first time that a voice and messaging API-based solution has been integrated with the Google App Engine, giving developers on the platform — some 250,000 active, with 1 million registered apps at Google’s last count — the ability to integrate voice and messaging services into their web and mobile apps by way of a few lines of code.
The added functionality will sweeten the deal for developers, which Google hopes will attract them to its platform instead of opting for platform-as-a-service competitors like Amazon Web Services, Parse or Microsoft’s Azure platform. For its part, Twilio was already integrated with all three of those, as well as Sendgrid to offer similar services, according to Lynda Smith, CMO at Twilio.
Integrations like these are a sign of the times: developers are on the hunt for more functionality in their mobile and web apps, and they are increasingly gravitating to platforms where they can most easily pick and choose different features to build, store and serve out its apps — a shopping mall model for apps, as it were.…
T-Mobile says its iPhone 5 has HSPA+ on AWS bands, HD Voice (Original)
We all know the iPhone is at last reaching T-Mobile -- but what you might not know is that it won't just be a one-for-one port of the existing hardware. Carrier CEO John Legere just stated that the T-Mobile iPhone 5 will support HSPA+ on AWS bands (1,700MHz and 2,100MHz) in addition to ready-made LTE support. If you wander outside of an LTE coverage area, you'll still have up to 42Mbps data on Magenta's network. There's more: it'll also support the same HD Voice calling that went nationwide in January.