Updated UI makes it easier for Android users to video chat on WhatsApp


Video calling launched on WhatsApp last November. Already, the app hosts on an average day 340 million minutes of video calls. There are an average of 55 million video calls made each day on the messaging app, which was purchased by Facebook for a final price of more than $21 billion back in 2014. WhatsApp’s voice and video calls are free, even to other countries. That’s because both features employ a carrier’s internet connection.

Now, WhatsApp has made it easier for Android users to launch video chats thanks to an updated UI. A dedicated video calling button is available that starts …


Google splits Hangouts app into Meet and Chat services

Early this year, Google announced that on April 25 most third-party apps using Hangouts would be shutting down. The Mountain View company said it has no plans to close down Hangouts, but revealed that it’s working on a new experience for the application focused on meetings.

Today, Google confirmed that it has decided to split Hangouts into two separate apps: Meet and Chat. The former is a video meeting service that should make joining meetings much easier, whereas the latter is a chat app aimed at groups.

The new service supports up to 30-person video conferences …

Chat app Line partners with Sony and LG to develop AI assistant and smart speaker

Popular chat app Line is making a foray into the world of AI. The messaging service, which is particularly fashionable in Japan and South Korea, announced that it is working with Sony and LG to launch its very own intelligent personal assistant called Clova (short for Cloud Virtual Assistant).

Clova will be integrated into Line’s main chat app, but the company won’t stop there. The firm is also releasing a smart speaker called Wave which will aim to compete with the likes of Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home. These products are scheduled for release in Japan and South …

TalkBank lets you chat with your bank


screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-10-57-02-am As a fan of banks – I like the lollipops they give out – I’m slightly disturbed by services like TalkBank. This Russian company replaces one-on-one teller interaction with a chatbot that can tell you your balance, offer on the spot advice, and even send you cool deals related to your credit cards. Founded by Mikhail Popov, Alexander Popov, and Vladimir Kozhevnikov the company… Read More

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