In the name of balance, give this post in the Wall Street Journal a read for a different perspective.
More than 200 million Facebook users are regularly using Facebook Messenger, the social networking site's mobile texting app for Android and iPhone, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in the firm's quarterly earnings conference call on Wednesday, Re/code reports.
Facebook is rolling out an updated version of its over-the-top Messenger application for Apple's iOS, adding support for Instagram photo sharing.
According to new numbers from Mobidia, traffic on Google Hangouts is far behind those of rival platforms including Viber, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. The results are notable considering Google Hangouts launched with significant fanfare in May across both Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
It's almost certain that OTT apps will continue to grow in the next year or so, but these apps, despite their popularity, do face issues. For one, the space is getting increasingly crowded as larger players introduce their own in-house texting apps. In addition, most of these apps are offered for free, making monetization a tricky endeavor. As competition heats up for these apps, will the current popular services continue to thrive or is there room for a new player to sweep the market?
A month after Facebook added free VoIP calling to the Canadian version of its over-the-top Messenger application for Google's Android, the social networking giant is now extending the feature to Messenger users in the U.S., concurrently integrating voice services into its fledgling Home launcher.
NEW YORK--WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said users of its messaging app across all mobile platforms now transmit roughly 20 billion messages daily (inclduing 8 billion inbound and 12 billion outbound).
Facebook is extending its new Chat Heads messaging multitasking feature to its standalone Facebook Messenger application for Google's Android.
Two months after adding free VoIP calling to the North American versions of its standalone Messenger application for Apple's iOS, Facebook is expanding the feature to the U.K. market, enabling users to make free calls criss-crossing both sides of the Atlantic
Facebook is reportedly teaming with manufacturer HTC on a new social networking-themed smartphone that pre-installs a number of popular Facebook applications.