Wire: A Wonderful Messaging App Missing the Only Thing That Matters

Wire is a beautiful new messaging app created by some of the key people behind Skype. The app is an effort to streamline some of the clunkiness that exists in virtually every messaging app out there. After trying it out this morning, I can say that the app succeeds. Whether anybody will use it or not is an entirely… » 12/03/14 12:25pm 12/03/14 12:25pm

The Most Horrifying Texting App Shares Everything You Type in Real-Time

There's a reason kids these days have a tendency to text whenever possible—not being able to meticulously craft your every last word is the worst. But now, a new messaging app called Beam wants to take all that hard-earned neuroticism away from us. It shows people exactly what you type, as you type it. We're doomed. » 11/14/14 11:07am 11/14/14 11:07am

Whatsapp Read Receipts Now Work How They Always Should've

Chances are when you use Whatsapp you probably think one tick means "sent" and another means "read." Nope! But now the app has been updated so that its read receipts are actually useful. » 11/07/14 6:20am 11/07/14 6:20am

Which Messaging Technologies Are Truly Safe and Secure?

In the face of widespread Internet data collection and surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer "secure messaging" products - but how can users know if these systems actually secure? » 11/05/14 4:40am 11/05/14 4:40am

Report: Google Is Making Yet Another Messaging App

The Economic Times is reporting that Google is working hard to launch a messaging service similar to WhatsApp. Because what the world definitely needs is another messaging app. » 10/03/14 8:59am 10/03/14 8:59am

My Day on the Emoji-Only Social Network, Translated (I Think)

Words are dead. Grammar, syntax, nuance—all pointless when adorable cartoon sea animals can do the dirty work for us. At least, that's the world Emojli, an emoji-only social network, would like to envision. But after spending some time there, I am more than happy with my inanimate letters. For Emojli's future is a… » 9/11/14 3:05pm 9/11/14 3:05pm

The Best Features of Facebook Messenger You're Probably Not Using

Facebook took a lot of flak for making its standalone Messenger app mandatory. Many feel (myself among them) that a standalone app for messages is unnecessary. Even so, that doesn't make it a bad app, or not useful in its own way. Here are some of the best features of Facebook Messenger that make it worth using. » 8/13/14 10:00am 8/13/14 10:00am

BitTorrent Bleep: The P2P Plan to Make the World's Most Secure Chat

Last fall, BitTorrent (the company) announced and experimental plan to build a secure chat system using the protocol that's most famous for enabling file sharing. Today, we're getting our first look at the what will eventually become a finished product: BitTorrent Bleep. » 7/30/14 2:00pm 7/30/14 2:00pm

Google Might Finally Be Ready to Mercy Kill Google Voice

If there's one thing Google can do to help make its messaging better than ever, it's to kill the hulking zombie that is Google Voice and transplant its good parts into the still-living Google Hangouts. It hasn't happened yet, but now there's evidence in the Hangouts app that it might be coming soon. » 7/02/14 9:40am 7/02/14 9:40am

Why Snapchat's Imitators Don't Work

The last few months have seen a crushing wave of Snapchat imitators, pretenders to the ephemeral throne. And every one of them has completely missed the point. » 6/20/14 11:00am 6/20/14 11:00am

Fleksy Messenger Makes Typing on a Smartwatch Slightly Less Impossible

Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch can be handy for checking your text messages without whipping your phone out of your pocket. But it's impossible to type on—literally, you can't reply to texts on the watch. Fleksy just changed that with Messenger, a Gear 2 SMS messaging app that brings Fleksy's intelligent keyboard to the… » 6/18/14 10:00am 6/18/14 10:00am

Facebook Slingshot Hands On: A Less Useful, More Confusing Snapchat

Hey Google, Here's How You Win Messaging

This week I saw a demo of the best messaging system yet. One where SMS and non-SMS messages, all calls, come to all your devices automatically. It only had one major flaw. It's trapped on an iPhone. » 6/05/14 3:37pm 6/05/14 3:37pm

The world would be a much better place if we used paper airplane texts

Snapchat Now Does Video Chat and IM

Snapchat, everybody's favorite sexting app, has just grown up. Now, to complement its simple self-destructing messages, the iOS and Android apps both handle instant messaging and live video chats. » 5/01/14 6:42am 5/01/14 6:42am

Taio Cruz Builds Social Network, Reminds Us Of His Existence

It already feels like time for I Love The 10s. There's plenty of throwback material. Example: Inception. Alternate example: Gangnam Style. And Taio Cruz would definitely make the cut for Break Your Heart and Dynamite. But he also apparently exists in the here and now. And he made a social network called KeWe » 8/18/13 12:48pm 8/18/13 12:48pm

A Pirate Bay Co-Founder Is Planning a Totally Encrypted Messaging App

Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, is planning to create an encrypted messaging app that's so secure that even its creators won't be able to read the messages that get sent. » 7/10/13 3:46am 7/10/13 3:46am

Where Do You Chat?

Real-time chat has been everywhere for, you know, forever now and has swallowed everything in its path. Integrating chat platforms and finding a way to coherently deal with texting vs. chatting has become a major issue. Other than venting here in hallowed Gizmodo chatroom posts, how do you manage all the Google chat… » 5/12/13 1:00pm 5/12/13 1:00pm