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Solutions to Galaxy S7 Android Marshmallow issues, other issues

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Our post today covers three #GalaxyS7 Marshmallow update issues as well two other S7 problems. We hope that the solutions outlined in this material can help our Android community. For more Galaxy S7 issues and solutions, kindly visit this page.

  1. Contact name changed to voicemail after updating phone app of Galaxy S7
  2. Galaxy S7 has multiple issues after an update
  3. Solutions to Galaxy S7 Android Marshmallow issues
  4. Galaxy S7 won’t install system update
  5. Galaxy S7 text message won’t send and automatically converts to chat

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Problem #1: Contact name changed to voicemail after updating phone app of Galaxy S7

I allowed an update on my phone and since then when my husband calls me…every time…the contact name says voicemail. When I go into my contact list it says how I have him listed in my contacts as “babe”. If someone texts me a photo, or in a group when I respond it automatically texts my husband as well even though he was not part of the original conversation. Even if I remove him from the conversation it still automatically texts him as part of the group conversation. tried shutting phone off for a while. tried removing update from voicemail app. It just told me there was a mandatory update available for the phone app and made me install it anyway. It is driving me crazy …why is it doing this.. Even if I go directly into my contact list and choose “baby” to call him, it comes up on the screen as  calling voicemail. If I try to call my voicemail to get messages, it calls my husband!– Kathleen

Solution: Hi Kathleen. If you are forced to download an update for the same app after you uninstall the update, make sure to call your wireless carrier so they know of the problem (assuming that you’re using their phone app or the stock phone app). Updates don’t usually work as designed so if you think that the problem happened after updating the phone app, consider using another phone app as a work around.

You can also try to wipe your phone’s cache partition to see if that will help. Here’s how:

  • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  • Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  • When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  • When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  • Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  • Now highlight the option ‘Yes’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  • Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  • The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

Problem #2: Galaxy S7 has multiple issues after an update

Facebook freezes, error messages for email logins (even though I’m logged in), receive multiple duplicated email messages, Email app doesn’t work anymore, phone is slower, once I click on a text message from the list I cannot go back to the text message list (screen minimizes the app), contacts synced when I didn’t want them to. The list is endless. None of these were issues before doing the system update and all of these were instantly issues after the system update. I’m really pissed about this and this has basically rendered my phone useless. NOT happy and can’t get another phone as I’m not ready for a phone upgrade. I have not found a way to revert the system update. Please help as this is EXTREMELY frustrating. These issues have been going on for a month now and rebooting my phone remedies NONE of the myriad of issues mentioned above. Total crap. — Sara

Solution: Hi Sara. Updating to another Android version sometimes lead to problems due to many reasons but the most common ones include firmware bugs and incompatible apps. The first one (firmware bugs) may or may not be fixed by wiping the cache partition (steps provided above) and doing a factory reset; the second one is more challenging because resolution needs intervention of developers. That said, we highly recommend that you try to refresh the system cache first. If that won’t resolve the issues, proceed to factory reset. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  • Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  • When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  • When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  • Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  • Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  • Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  • The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

Once you’ve done a factory reset, don’t install your apps right away. Make sure to observe for an hour how the new operating system works without the apps so you’ll know if something is off.

If you encounter the same situation after installing your apps, that’s a sign that one of them is creating a conflict with the operating system. There is no way to know which of your apps is the culprit so you have to use the process of elimination to identify it.

Problem #3: Solutions to Galaxy S7 Android Marshmallow issues

Firstly, I got the update for Android Marshmallow yesterday. I’ve heard good reviews such as the whole phone itself working quicker and more smoothly, so of course I decided to update. The update took less than half an hour, I estimate. Once it re-booted after waiting for all the applications to be optimised, I could tell that it was indeed quicker and smoother especially in opening and moving between apps. However, none of them work. And when I say none, I mean none. For example, even opening up the settings takes around a minute to load – and up until this point as I’m writing (approximately 3 hours after update), it still takes as long to open just settings. All of my messages are not only gone but stuck on a blank inbox with ‘refreshing messages’ at the top. Furthermore, I cannot text — simply will not allow me to press the icon to write a new message. I cannot call, swipe to call from the contact list or even manually typing up the number into the keypad; it will not let me.

I do notice my signal bars going from 3 bars to nothing – dropping out occasionally. I cannot receive messages, and when I tried to call my own phone it would ring however nothing reaches the phone, no screen lighting up, no call vibration; nothing. Just my lock screen, as if nothing had happened.

Often, whilst trying to open apps, especially Google Play, phone would just glitch and restart on it’s own, prompting a “optimising 1 out of 1 application” screen with cogwheels before bringing me back to square 1. It is very laggy. I try to update any applications – it will not show it updating until after 2 or 3 glitches of restart. And when it does manage to install up to 100%, it is stuck on a ‘download’ bar.

I was using a 3rd party messaging application “go sms” which was set as my default messaging application. That too showed up with blank messages and would not let me send any messages – it just simply would not show that messages were being sent (and were not send in general), just stuck with my message written in the text box and nothing more. I however reverted back to Samsung’s default messaging app to see if that would work and aforementioned it doesn’t.

I also had a theme installed on my phone, which I have now removed because I thought it might’ve not been compatible with the Marshmallow update so I just reverted back to default on that also.

Another issue I just noticed while swiping in my unlock pattern is that once I swipe in the pattern, my lock screen stills on a blurry screen of my lockscreen for a seconds, potentially up to 5, before bringing me to my homescreen. Any application that I try to open takes around 10-20 seconds before the whole screen actually loads, sometimes does not even load at all – and I would have to close all the apps and try again.

Please help, I practically don’t have a functioning phone without calling or messaging. I’m not tech savvy in the slightest – just following an update that I thought would benefit me.

I have the phone on a contract with my mobile carrier, I’ve had it for less than a year now? Let me know what I can do.

Kind Regards. — Aliyah

Solution: Hi Aliyah. We appreciate your effort in providing a detailed description of your situation. But just like what we’ve been saying in our previous posts about Marshmallow related issues, solutions for them on your level only involves doing two things — refreshing the cache partition and restoring the software settings to default via factory reset. If these solutions won’t work, there’s virtually nothing much that you can do except to prune your apps just like what we tell Sara above.

Problem #4: Galaxy S7 won’t install system update

I’ve received the latest samsung software update, confirmed by Samsung but when I try to update my profile or firmware, I get the same thing:  Error: Connection Error (6). 

Sprint has checked the phone and says it’s without issues. They’ve told me nothing is wrong. I’ve tried updating via wi-fi and 4G, at home, at work, in 3 different states and several different cities so it’s not the connection. Samsung says it’s not their problem as Sprint sends out the updates but they only PUSH them when Samsung releases them. 

I’m lost. I’ve spent HOURS on the phone with Sprint techs trying all kinds of things and even had the phone in a Sprint store for a few hours for them to check.

The odd thing is that we have THREE of these exact same phones bought the same day and ALL have the latest update but all have the same problem. And Sprint techs think it’s because of the latest update.  Samsung doesn’t seem to know anything. — Chuck

Solution: Hi Chuck. If you can’t install the updates for some reason, consider doing a factory reset and try again. Also, if the phone is rooted, be sure to unroot it first before attempting to install the OTA (over-the-air) update.

Problem #5: Galaxy S7 text message won’t send and automatically converts to chat

I attempt to send a text message and it appears to go through. But after a few moments I get a message with an (envelope icon with an x on it) telling me that I didn’t send the message.

It appears as though it’s sending my messages automatically as a “chat” which doesn’t work for all phones.

If I go back to the message that did not send I can press and hold the message and am able to send as SMS/MMS and it normally goes through.

Is there something I can do to stop the automatic chat feature? — Latisha

Solution: Hi Latisha. Your text message settings may have changed to automatically convert to group message. Assuming you’re using the stock messaging app, do the following:

  • Open the messaging app.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap More settings.
  • Tap Multimedia messages
  • Disable Group messages

 


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Text Notification Problem in Samsung Galaxy S4

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A new message was sent to us recently via The Droid Guy Mailbag, which reads, “I have a minor problem with text notification in my Samsung Galaxy S4. My account is with AT&T.  I receive/send texts, but I never get a notification showing the number of unread texts in my messages icon. I couldn’t find any place to set this. It is due to AT&T? Thanks for support.Nevim”

Possible Causes of the Galaxy S4 Problem in Text Notifications

It is unlikely that the problem is related to AT&T. The issue may be triggered a configuration in your Settings or a bug in your messaging app.

How to Show Up Text Notifications in Galaxy S4

Here are ways to enable or eliminate any bugs preventing your phone from displaying its text message notifications:

1. Check Your Configuration

Check if you have accidentally turned off your notifications, or a bug has caused your notifications to be disabled. Go to Settings. Then, select Apps followed by Messaging. This will display if your notifications are active or not. Simply switch it on if it is disabled.

Note that if you found it already turned on, try toggling its switch off and then on.

2. Clear Cache and Data

When the first solution does not work, repeat the same process above to get to the Messaging app options. However, select Clear Cache this time to remove any temporary files of the app that may be causing the trouble.

If clearing the cache does not cut it, select Clear Data. This has the same effect as uninstalling and reinstalling the app cleanly. But the tradeoff of this method is that it will put the configurations of your app to its original state.

3. Remove Third-Party Programs that May be Affecting the Messaging App

Test if there is a third-party app triggering the problem by booting your device under Safe Mode. From there, observe if the problem persists. If the issue does not occur under Safe Mode, that means you might have installed an app that may have been interfering with the normal functions of your device. Try uninstalling the app that you installed just prior to the occurrence of the issue.

4. Perform a Factory Reset

The last resort if all else fails is to perform a Factory Reset. This will entirely wipe off all your corrupted system files and bring them back to their factory settings. But, the process will also make you lose all your stored data, so be sure to backup first.

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When will Hangouts have a search function?

Hangouts icon JB

KitKat’s arrival introduced yet another big change in Android, namely in the default SMS application used by the platform. Since Google Hangouts started supporting SMS within the app, Google decided to switch to Hangouts as the default, bundled and system-embedded SMS app in the Nexus 5, for instance. I’m a big fan of Hangouts, with its aim to unify messaging across Google products. Even its attempt to take over SMS messaging (by letting you do a number-lookup, for instance) is laudable, if only to improve the messaging experience.

But there’s one thing missing in the Hangouts app: search.

It’s quite strange for a product built by the biggest search company to miss this feature on their messaging system. Search is certainly an important feature that comes in handy — even necessary — on a mobile device. If you want quick access to a message, but you don’t want to sift through a ton of conversations, there should be search. Want to remember bank codes, account numbers, promo codes, or other strings of text, there should be search to turn to. But instead, Android’s default messaging app now misses this feature.

Come to think of it, even Hangouts on Chrome does not have search!

The old Android stock messaging app had it. Why shouldn’t Hangouts?

And so this prompted me to look for alternative apps for SMS. I have mostly been using stock messaging apps, because I didn’t want to be bogged down by bloated third-party apps, advertising or a barrage of features that I did not use anyway. But the lack of search was something I found I needed to address. And so I ventured into third-party apps. Some were long-time favorites like chomp SMS, while some are relatively new releases, like Textra, hello sms and EvolveSMS.

But then I had a difficult realization: none of these SMS apps had a search function, either. I had to turn to 8sms to get the plain-Jane functionality and look of the original Android stock SMS app, plus a few extra features. For now, I’m happy with switching across hello for my conversations (love the tabbed interface!) and 8sms for searching. It’s good that KitKat now comes with system-wide SMS handling (meaning, among other things, that you can switch default SMS apps, and don’t have to worry about duplication in the notifications).

But still, I wonder when Hangouts will come with a built-in search function! Or even better: integration of SMS in KitKat’s search function. Anyone with me on this?

These apps will help you fight the post-holiday blues

Holiday Dog

The holidays are over, and it’s the start of a new year. For many, this means starting the year right with a few resolutions. For some, the period after holiday season could be a time of post-holiday blues. Are you an avid smartphone user? Here are a few apps that can help you manage.

The post-holiday blues are often considered to be post-holiday “fatigue” because of all the stress and tiredness we experience during the holiday rush. For many, the holidays were about getting ready with the festive season, which includes decorating one’s home or workplace, buying presents for loved ones, traveling for family reunions, or even going on vacation (perhaps to somewhere warmer). The holiday spirit is great, although sometimes people feel the pressure of having to meet expectations that come with the season.

For some, it means quiet contemplation, especially those who are into a deeper understanding of the meaning behind Christmas, Hannukkah, Eid, New Year’s Eve or whichever relevant holiday that comes with the year end. The coming of January means getting back to work in full-force after the usual lull at work during the year-end festivities. But this can sometimes mean a difficult re-start, especially if you’ve slowed down a bit to relax for the holidays. The extreme weather conditions — the polar vortex in the northern hemisphere and the heat waves in the southern hemisphere — only make it worse!

Productivity experts and life coaches give us a few recommendations on how to address the post holiday blues, and these include taking stock of our finances, re-organizing (or actually organizing) our workflow, improving our health, and keeping in touch with friends and loved ones even after the holidays.

Here are a few apps and trick to help fight the blues.

Finances

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The holidays are usually when people go on spending binges. You might want to impress your friends and colleagues with great presents. Or, you probably upgraded your gadgets — home entertainment systems, laptops, smartphones, tablets or even your car — during the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and various gadget sales during the season. Or, you may have spent some money on decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or the New Year’s Eve.

The post-holiday season is usually the time for taking stock of our finances and making sure we will not start the new year in the red. Useful apps include Mint.com, which interfaces with your bank accounts for easy planning, management and bills payment. You can also try Expensify, which automatically scans your receipts and generates expense reports so you can keep track of your spending. If saving money is part of your new year’s resolutions, SmartyPig lets you set up goals, and will automatically set aside pre-defined amounts from your bank account, which correspond to your goals. Aptly named after the piggy bank, the app even gives users rewards for reaching goals.

Health and fitness

Health Buff

Yet another area for concern after the holidays is our health. With all the parties, binge eating, drinking and stress during the holidays, we’re bound to gain a few pounds. We can address this through a mix of discipline in eating, exercise and a few changes in habits.

LG’s Fitness Tracker has been previewed at CES, although we may have to wait a few months more until the Korean company formally launches the product, which should work with the LG Fitness app. You can also try the Nike+ fitness app. It does not require any additional accessory, although the fact that Nike has not made an Android app for its latest Nike+ FuelBand SE might be disappointing to fitness buffs.

Elsewhere, you can try Pocket Yoga, which is basically a mobile instructor for Yoga poses. MyFitnessPal‘s calorie counter has a database of about 1.5 million food items, which helps you keep track of the calories you consume day to day. Of course, with the food you’ve probably eaten through the holidays, you would probably want to trim down by visiting the gym. You won’t be able to escape, with GymPact. The app is run by a community of gym rats who ensure (or even enforce) attendance by having non-compliant users pay actual dollars for missing their workout schedules. Users who go to the gym faithfully earn  from the pool of funds.

Productivity

Back to work

If you slacked off on work during the holidays, then this is the time to shape up. Productivity experts say it’s okay to step back and relax a bit so you can look forward to what lies ahead for the whole year. But we still need to recognize that the holidays may have put our work into disarray. Here are a few apps that can help keep things organized.

Any.DO is a great task manager app, and synchronizes across Android, iOS and web app. It also plays well with Cal, the partner app built by the same developers. Any.DO helps you plan your day with a two-minute outline each morning, during which you can prioritize tasks. The app also has geo-location reminders, which are pretty useful when you need to reminders for tasks when you reach a certain place.

Asana is a project tracking app famously known for being used by the Twitter team internally. The app primarily runs on the web, but iOS and Android versions come in handy for keeping your project tasks accessible on your smartphone or tablet. Third-party alternatives also exist, such as Hill88 for iOS and MyAsana for Android, which promise a better native app experience, as opposed to the official app, which is actually an HTML5 implementation.

If you’d like to stick with Google’s own applications, you can go for Google Keep, which syncs sticky notes, to-do items and clips across Android and web. There are also alternatives for use with Google’s own Task system (built into Gmail), such as Tasks Free and GTasks.

Planning for the next party?

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We often get to meet our distant relatives and friends once in a while, and the holidays are usually the time when folks drive or fly for get-togethers that are otherwise difficult to coordinate in the middle of the year. Fortunately, messaging applications help keep us in touch through the cities and continents. We do have our fair share of instant messaging, VoIP and video-conferencing applications. Among my personal favorites are Facebook Messenger (because of the ubiquity of Facebook friends), Viber (because of speed) and Telegram (for privacy), but any mobile user would probably be using a combination of these already. The choice is up to you and what your friends are already using.

Planning your next vacation or get-together can also help reduce the post-holiday blues. This comes with varied difficulty, of course, depending on whether you plan to travel across cities, countries or entire continents. Either way, TripIt’s Travel Organizer can help you plan and execute your trip. You can also find good deals on airline, cruise and hotel reservations via Kayak and Hipmunk or Virgin Holidays‘ augmented reality brochure app. Traveling on the cheap? You can check out short-term rents at AirBnb or last-minute booking service HotelQuickly. If you’re planning your summer cruise or vacation months ahead, then  Of course, you can check out TripAdvisor for establishment reviews.

It’s yet another year of gadget launches, apps and technologies. What does 2014 have in store for us?

Do you have more app ideas? Get in touch with us.

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Will Twitter be the next big thing in mobile chat?

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Instant messaging seems to be the killer app for smartphone developers these days. With hundreds of millions of users, apps like LINE, WhatsApp, WeChat and Viber and the like are making a killing. These have actually gone beyond simple instant messaging. Rather, these companies have built whole content ecosystems around their chat apps: gaming, stickers, social networking, photo sharing, filters. Name it, they probably have it.

Chat apps have great potential

It therefore comes as no surprise how apps like LINE are earning tens of millions of dollars monthly from premium sticker sales alone. It helps that its main target audience — Asia Pacific countries — is quite gaga for stickers, those cartoon packs you can use to send cute or interesting images to friends. But extend this to other potential sources of revenue, and you can easily monetize a big network.

Even Facebook has recognized the potential of an IM network. Its earlier launch of Messenger did not do so well to capitalize on being a standalone messaging app. But the latest release of Messenger for iOS and Android brings the app to a whole new level of usability, with mobile number syncing and the ability to reach other Messenger users through mobile number lookup. Facebook has also partnered with certain carriers around the world to offer cheap or free Messenger access, especially in emerging markets.

Twitter, in its latest release for iOS and Android has made a big change with respect to how it presents direct messaging. Instead of the DM button being buried deep under the “Me” tab, it now has its dedicated tab  on both Android and iOS apps. No more digging deep when sending private messages.

It’s a step in the right direction. Post IPO, Twitter is certainly trying to attract more regular users, but the challenge is in keeping users active. Microblogging is certainly a great way to keep track of trending news and to share the occasional update. But a private chat service is stickier, in my opinion. Once you have a network of friends already chatting on a platform, they are likely to use your app several times every single day.

Twitter is not alone in mixing microblogging updates with chat. Imo, which is a cross-platform and cross-device chat app (meaning it works across different protocols like Google Talk, Facebook chat and Yahoo Messenger), also offers a “Broadcast” feature. Both LINE and WeChat offer timelines and home pages for both users and chat groups. The big difference, of course, is that these are primarily chat apps, with the social aspect coming as secondary features.

A standalone messenger app could add value

Perhaps Twitter should go beyond simply highlighting its DM service through the new “Messages” tab. It could launch a standalone messaging app that focuses sole on the DM functionality of Twitter — something like Facebook has done with Messenger. And like Facebook, Twitter would be launching with an advantage here. It already has at least 230 million active users.

As it stands, Twitter cannot afford to sit on its laurels. A growth slowdown could be problematic for its value, especially now that it’s a publicly-traded company. Meanwhile, launching a standalone chat app — or perhaps even acquiring an existing one, as Twitter was once rumored to have plans for MessageMe — might be the best way to jumpstart user count and engagement once more.

Have you updated Twitter yet? Check out Twitter on Google Play.

BlackBerry Announce BBM is coming to Android and iOS in the Summer

BlackBerry Live

BlackBerry Live

BlackBerry has announced that their popular messaging service BBM will break the shackles and will become a cross platform messaging service. The timing is a little later than the rumours had indicated but non the less this will be an interesting move for the mobile company, since the hit app Whatsapp is dominating the messaging space.

BlackBerry Live was the  chosen event for the company to announce the move into cross platform messaging, BBM was the reason some loyal BlackBerry users refused to switch to other platforms such as iOS or Android.

What it Will Run On and the Cost

When the app does launch on iOS and Android the app will be completely free and will allow the few faithful to move to other platforms without feeling that they’re missing out on all of the BBM fun.

Out of the gate BBM will support Android phones running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher or iOS devices running iOS 6 and higher, since the seventh iteration of the software is upon us. At first the service will offer messaging and group chat, but BlackBerry has indicated that they will be adding new features and service as time goes on.

New BBM Features 

The fabled features and services include; BBM Voice, BBM Video, screen-sharing and a new one that BlackBerry announced just today being BBM Channels. The sheer amount of future features is something that will entice many users in at the start, other platforms will have to step their game up if they want to stay in the game.

The app will also recapture all of the users that left BlackBerry for Android and iOS devices, they will be able to reconnect with their old BBM contacts. This may even compete with service indigenous to the phone such as iMessage, we all know how much BlackBerry users loved the BBM feature on their phones.

Source – CultofAndorid

Viber Announces Desktop app

Viber on Desktop

The free messaging and VOIP app Viber has announces that as of today all 200 million users of there service will have access to their accounts on their desktop as well as mobile due to their dedicated app. The new desktop app is part of Viber’s 3.0 update to the service which is available on Android, iOS and BlackBerry platforms.

The Desktop app

It is available for Windows as well as Mac, unfortunately not Linux yet but fingers crossed and they will come out with an app and then they will be covering all bases. The desktop app allows you to send and receive messages and calls, but another feature was added just for the desktop version which is video calling; at the moment you can on video call from desktop to desktop.

If you were thinking of just downloading the desktop out you’re out of luck, when you download the app the service will ask you to enter a number that is already associated with the service. If you don’t have a number that links with Viber it will then ask you to download the mobile app and set up an account with the service.

Viber will sync all of your messages across both of your apps on desktop and mobile, but only the device that you are using will notify you of a new message. This is handy especially if you use skype on your desktop and phone and get annoyed by having them both beep when a new message comes in.

The Update

Viber is also launching the 3.0 update to their mobile platforms, Android and iOS will be getting video messages added to them; instead of live calling you leave a video message for them to view and then reply. Also stickers and last online status will be added to these platforms. Of course there are the standard minor fixes to the app in general.

The Android app has gone under the knife and had a facelift to separate it from the iOS app, this is to make the app feel more at home on Android instead of being an iPhone app that was just ported over.

Source – TechCrunch

Nokia Unveils World’s First Phone With a WhatsApp Button

Nokia Asha 210 WhatsApp button

Nokia’s new phone the ‘Asha 210’ smartphone is the worlds first phone to have a dedicated WhatsApp button. Nokia announced that the Asha 210 will be a low-budget phone costing only $72 the phone will support WI-FI, a 2G Connection and it has the added bonus of a dedicated WhatsApp button.

WhatsApp released the figures earlier this month that they have an astounding 200 million monthly users and more than a staggering 8 billion inbound messages per day. It sort of makes sense for the company to keep a strong link between hardware and the app to increase the probability of the user choosing to message via WhatsApp instead of text.

WhatsApp

The popular messaging app was rumored to be in talks with Google about them being acquired by the search giant for $1 billion, last year also Facebook showed some interest in the app as well. The resistance to being acquired means that the service has big plans for the future and being acquired would ruin their plans for the future, the plans could include their own phone.

More features would need to be added to the service that could warrant the price tag of a physical device. Their future plans could include more partnerships just like the one they have now with Nokia and the Asha 210.

The Partnership

As part of the Nokia WhatsApp partnership the service will be free to all users, on other platforms the users would have to pay a one off download fee of $0.99 to message their friends who have a BlackBerry, iPhone, Samsung device ect.

Nokia has a history of adding dedicated service buttons to its devices, they have in the passed added a Facebook button to some of there devices. To activate the messaging service the user will have to  hold down the physical button until the service pops up on screen, then you can use the service to your hearts content.

Source- Mashable 

Viber Users Reach 140 Million

The team behind Viber, the app that lets users call or send messages for free through a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, has announced that it has reached 140 million users from 193 countries. Last July, it reported that it had 90 million users, while in September, the number rose to 100 million. The company estimates getting around 400,000 new users every single day. Thus, by the time the holidays are over, it is expected to top 150 million users.

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Viber has released a special fun version 2.3 of the app to celebrate this achievement. This new version, which is available for those on Android and iOS, allows users to add stickers and emoticons to their messages. There is also a “Send Location” feature gives one’s location on a map. Viber also enhanced the user interface. In the Android app, there is an option to use the smartphone’s ringtone and message tone as alerts for Viber.

The app also boasts of having HD sound quality, ease of use, and an always-on feature. Furthermore, it is free to download and also does not have any ads. On Google Play, it has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 and is compatible for Android devices with at least Android 2.0. In the last month, it has gotten between 50,000,000 to 100,000,000 installs.

To date, Viber is offering its services in several operating systems, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, Nokia S40, Symbian, and Bada. The last three ones, however, still do not have Viber’s voice call feature. Among its competitors are Skype, eBuddy, KIK, and Tango. Its fiercest opponent, however, would have to be Whatsapp by Whatsapp Inc.,which is currently the most popular OTT messaging service. Whatsapp, for its part, has an estimated 200 to 300 million users.

Click here to head to Google Play if you haven’t tried Viber yet.

via thenextweb

Meshin Offers Taptu And Pulse Like Viewing Of Your Messages And This Is A Good Thing

There’s a new start up out there called Meshin that we love because they went Android first. What is Meshin? It’s a new app that aggregates all of your messages into one easy to navigate screen.

Meshin aggregates your SMS messages, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, and email messages. Once Meshin has access to your accounts the service puts all of your messages in neat little boxes and views like Pulse and Taptu.

Meshin allows you to set VIP’s for certain people and then you can see all of their messages no matter what form of contact they used for you. Meshin has made communicating with my TDG team quite easy. Typically if someone needs me and I don’t respond via traditional channels they will then Facebook Message me, DM me on Twitter or send a slew of emails. With these people noted as VIP’s I see all of their contact attempts in one place.

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App Spotlight: Blip.me Walkie-Talkie

Speed is an all-important part of communication these days. It is not necessarily, how well one can articulate what needs to be said it’s how fast one can convey it. With that in mind, many app developers have come out with new ways to communicate such as voice responses to texts and the like. However, there are now apps that don’t even bother with the text and instead just use voice to communicate. An example of these apps is Blip.me Walkie-Talkie.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

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