The coronavirus crisis, with all its ‘working from home’ and social distancing recommendations, has probably transformed your social life into a succession of video chats. Your boss, your doctor, your family, your friends, they all want to see your face and tech is here to help. Or is it?Continue reading “The perfect video chat app doesn’t exist”
Facebook created a mess trying to take on Snapchat
If you use Facebook, Instagram, Messenger or WhatsApp, you have probably noticed recent updates that allow you to share a picture that expires after 24 hours.
Stories, Shared Days, or Status, all different names for the same feature across 4 different apps. This is what they look like side by side:
Facebook is trying to suffocate Snap by flooding every app they own with the one thing that made Snapchat special.
Continue reading “Facebook created a mess trying to take on Snapchat”
Who needs another messaging app?
Google announced 3 new messaging apps last week: Allo, Duo and Spaces:
- Allo is powered by the new Google Assistant so you can complete certain tasks (like making a restaurant reservation or looking for movie showtimes) without leaving the conversation.
- Duo provides video calls with a twist: you can see a live feed of the caller before you even accept the call.
- Spaces allows you to share, browse and comment on content with groups of friends, so all user engagement can happen without leaving the app.
All of them provide something slightly new, but do we need all these features to live in independent apps? Continue reading “Who needs another messaging app?”