Facebook started in colleges. Japanese live video startup TwitCasting said yesterday that it owns 50 percent of the college market in Japan — and it’s coming here.
Guest Post While mobile messaging apps have skyrocketed over the past few years, we’re still waiting to see a dominant leader emerge in the space, as Facebook did with social networking.
Twitter direct messages, or DMs, are broken. But the soon-to-IPO network of the now just might fix that with a new dedicated messaging app, a la Facebook Messenger.
WhatsApp, the popular free messaging app, was hacked and defaced yesterday — but don’t worry, it was only the website.
Google continues to hold the top spots on the iOS app store, with Google Maps and YouTube taking the first and second most-downloaded spots. And Google Earth jumped from being the 31st to the 9th most downloaded app on iOS in July.
App Annie released its May apps index this morning– all apps minus games — and the giants are doing well: Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook are well-represented on the top publisher lists. But there’s also some surprises, and some new entrants to the most-downloaded and highest-grossing app leader lists on iOS and Google Play.
Of course BBM is going cross-platform — it had to.
The result is a combination of just about every kind of communication you could wish for in a single client: mobile text-message-like messaging, audio, and video. Which means that not only is Viber competing with mobile messaging platforms like the massive WhatsApp, it’s also competing with existing VOIP giant Skype.
Smartphone owners are moving away from dated SMS texting — but is that really a good thing?
WhatsApp is fifth in the app store for monthly revenue. Fifth on Google Play for downloads, and seventh on Google Play for revenue. And it’s the second-most-downloaded app on Google Play.
This past month, Google Maps lost its position as the most downloaded app on Apple’s iOS store — to another Google app, YouTube.
With the latest update to its Messenger app, Facebook is taking aim at not only rival WhatsApp, but SMS as a whole.