Vodafone’s CEO shocked at how Snapchat accounting for 75% of Vodafone’s UK mobile messaging traffic

Vodafone operates the region’s third-largest cellular network, serving more than 19.5 million customers. And according to Vodafone’s CEO, Snapchat accounts for 75% of mobile-messaging data traffic on the company’s network.

Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/06/01/youll-never-guess-whos-dominating-facebook-fb-in-m.aspx

The rise of online messaging apps, such as Facebook Messenger, Google Chat and WhatsApp, has created a new type of downtime.

Between messages, users wait patiently for responses, and according to MIT’s Carrie Cai, that is time ill spent. Those moments between messages are prime intellectual real estate, according to Cai, and should be treated as such.

That’s why Cai and a team of other developers from MIT have created the WaitChatter app, an extension for Google Chat that allows users to work on learning a foreign language while they wait for a response.

Source: http://newsok.com/theres-a-new-app-that-wants-to-help-you-learn-a-foreign-language-while-you-waste-your-time/article/5424394

South Korean companies are building software for smartphones that’s chaotic, multifunctional and exciting — everything that American apps aren’t.

South Korea may be futuristic in some regards, but from a design perspective, many of the country’s most popular web services look outmoded, like throwbacks to the ’90s. Most mobile apps and web pages are crammed with chaotic boxes of information, stacked headlines and flashing lines of text.

This is certainly true of KakaoTalk, a messaging app that is installed on 93 percent of Korea’s smartphones. KakaoTalk was developed in 2010 by Beom-su Kim, an early web pioneer in Korea who built a popular online gaming portal called Hangame. A failed effort to take Hangame to the United States happened to coincide with the release of the first iPhone. Beom-su Kim bought several and began developing apps for them, a full two years before the device would arrive in South Korea. KakaoTalk was one of his first creations.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/what-silicon-valley-can-learn-from-seoul.html?_r=0

5 innovative enterprise messaging apps

Jive, Cisco, Fleep, Tangoe and ChatGrape make the list.

In the words of Eva Moneypenny, secretary to spymaster M in Ian Fleming’s celebrated ‘James Bond’ franchise, “sometimes the old ways are the best.” Due to their almost universal proliferation, established modes of workplace communication on mobile and desktop, such as Outlook and SMS, will probably be around for a while. However, that isn’t to say that we won’t see other platforms in the meantime that serve some of their purposes better. CBR has rounded up a few possible future contenders for email’s throne.

Source: http://www.cbronline.com/news/mobility/apps/5-innovative-enterprise-messaging-apps-4589227

Stats: The growing and enduring appeal of messaging apps

The app-related stats which jumped out at me this month, however, concern those from the messaging category.

Key services such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and SnapChat are increasingly becoming household names, and I wanted to delve deeper into their growth and their ongoing appeal.

Source: https://econsultancy.com/blog/66486-stats-the-growing-and-enduring-appeal-of-messaging-apps/

App Operator to Buy Two Path Services

In a sign that the fight for control of mobile messaging is heating up, the operator of South Korea’s dominant messaging app said Friday that it would acquire two of San Francisco-based Path Inc.’s services for an undisclosed sum.

The move by Jeju, South Korea-based Daum Kakao Corp. , which itself was formed through a merger of Daum Communications Corp. and Kakao Corp. last year, marks the company’s boldest move yet to expand beyond its home market. The service wants to compete with the likes of Facebook Inc. ’s WhatsApp, which the social networking giant bought for $19 billion last year, and Rakuten Inc. ’s Viber, which the Japanese e-commerce company last year bought for $900 million.

Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/business-watch-news-digest-1433124662

Whatsapp Beta Channel Rolls Out Voice Calling for Windows Phones

The wait has been really long, because the voice calling feature for Whatapp was first rolled out to the Android users and then iOS. Finally, it has reached the Windows phone community but still in its beta stage.

The Facebook owned text messaging company has been going strong lately as majority of smartphone users rely on it for their communication needs. It is easy to use, available on a wide range of platforms and reliable in most scenarios. Whatsapp became the most preferred text messaging app over an internet connection, which helped it acquire millions of users around the globe. With a view to not waste the available resource, the developers decided to expand and they came up with the feature that allowed making calls on it.

Source: http://gunshyassassin.com/tech/whatsapp-beta-channel-rolls-voice-calling-windows-phones/