Messaging Apps

BlackBerry Sues Facebook Over Instant Messaging Patents

Today, BlackBerry filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging that the social network and its subsidiaries (WhatsApp and Instagram) infringe on the company's messaging app patents. At the core of the filing, which is a total of 117 pages, is the company's proprietary messaging product Blackberry Messenger, otherwise known as BBM. The company is contending that...

Wire Messaging App Gets Video Calls, End-to-End Encryption

Wire, the multi platform messaging app backed by Skype cofounder Janus Friis, that debuted over a year ago, has today been updated across iOS and OS X with the ability to make video calls, as well as end-to-end encryption for messaging, something that that has been available on voice calls since the app’s launch. “Video calling has consistently...

Yo Messaging App Founder: We Were Lucky to Get Hacked

Founder of popular new messaging app Yo, which was hacked by college students soon after its launch, believes they were lucky enough to get hacked at an early stage and that the issue has now been fixed, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Arbel, Yo’s founder, the hack was a lucky turn of events because it...

iMessage Developer Quits Apple for Messaging Startup Layer

Andrew Vyrros, who led the development of iMessage and FaceTime and was also a developer at Steve Jobs' NeXT computer company, has left Apple to join a messaging startup. According to The Verge, sources are claiming that he actually left Apple several months ago for messaging startup Layer, where he now serves as CTO. "Vyrros is only the...

Developers of Siri Introduce ‘Emu’ iOS/Android Messaging App

Developed by one of the senior engineers who worked on Siri, Emu is new iOS/Android messaging app that serves as a full-fledged mobile assistant that allows users to schedule appointments, share location, set reminders, get movie showtimes or buy tickets and much more, thanks to its built-in artificial intelligence engine (via Fast Company).  Emu is different from Siri...

Mobile Use Grows 115% in 2013, Led by Messaging and Social Apps

According to Flurry Analytics, the leading mobile measurement and advertising platform, overall mobile apps usage has grown 115% in 2013, led by messaging and social apps which showed 203% growth during the year. All the other app categories also showed significant growth over the last twelve months, with Utilities and Productivity apps posting 150% increase in use...

WhatsApp Surpasses 400 Million Active Users

Popular cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp has today announced that it now has over 400 million people using the service on a monthly basis, with 100 million active users added in the last four months alone. This means that the service is now even bigger than Twitter, which has 230 million active users, though it’s still well behind Facebook’s 1.2...