Yahoo Livetext Messaging App Lets You See Your Friends in App

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Yahoo Livetext Messaging App Lets You See Your Friends in App.

The next version of Yahoo Messenger app has been launched in the form of a unique video chat facility that promises to make you “feel like your friends are right there with you”. Yahoo is taking another crack at the crowded messenger market with Livetext, a strange video chat app currently available only in the Hong Kong iTunes Store.Yahoo has been rumored to be working on a revamped messenger app for a while now, and it looks like that new app may be taking its first step into the wild.Livetext is the most recent try of Yahoo to resurrect its failed Yahoo Messenger service, which was shortly forgotten by customers when different messenger apps like Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp entered the scene.

Yahoo Livetext – Video Messenger, the app that went live earlier this month introduces a unique form of video texting that combines traditional text messages with video that does not include an audio feed. This means, from voice calls to text messages to video calls, we have now travelled to video without sound with text slapped across the moving frames. We have nothing further to share at this time,” a Yahoo spokesperson was quoted as saying by TechCrunch. “The advent of smartphones led a shift towards convenience and speed. Yahoo’s once-popular desktop messaging app, Yahoo Messenger, was left behind after the rise of mobile apps led to new giants like WhatsApp, Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger.

The idea is to offer a more natural form of communication where users can see each other’s reactions in real-time as they participate in conversations. We have gone from communicating primarily with our voices to using our fingers to text on glass,” said Yahoo. “Our solution is to go back to the basics, by putting your words and your friend’s real-time reactions at the centre of your interaction. Yahoo moved slowly in updating Messenger for mobile devices; it was the only major app Marissa Mayer didn’t overhaul after becoming CEO, and it was ultimately removed from the App Store.

Contacted for a comment about the app, Yahoo provided this response: “We’re always experimenting with new product experiences that delight our users. Livetext looks like an effort to build a messaging app that will resonate with a younger audience, though not including the audio portion of the video call seems counterintuitive.

We confess, we think video chatting or FaceTiming would be a bit easier. “From courier mail, to the telephone, to text messaging – as humans, we have always searched for new, more convenient and more inventive ways to connect with others”. We have removed audio from the equation, as it’s rarely convenient in today’s fast-paced world.” Unlike Skype, Viber or FaceTime, Livetext does not support video calling.

Presumably, the app is designed to give you a bit richer of an experience than what mere emoticons in text messages could provide, as you’re staring at real faces reacting to whatever it is you’re typing. So, if you’re planning on using Livetext when or if it releases worldwide, make sure to manage those emoticons well to match your actual reaction, because eyes will be on you. The way it works is that one user begins texting a friend, and then when the message recipient joins the chat session, the originator immediately sees him or her on the screen. The application can be used using a cellular connection or over a Wi-Fi network and can be used for only over a one on one conversation rather than creating groups as it happens in Whatsapp.

With the help of the LiveText ID, users can check in with their newly created profiles and also find friends available using the same application within their address book. All the major social networks rely heavily on messaging to provide services, of course, and other IT providers, such as Microsoft (with Yammer), Cisco Systems, Intel, RingCentral, Verizon, AT&T, VMware, and dozens more have added the functionality for customers.

It’s fair to say that, until now at least, Yahoo had missed opportunities to compete in mobile messaging, despite being one of the early companies to offer instant communication for desktop users. But as social media emerged and large platforms like Facebook began to dominate the space, Yahoo and other older online messengers lost significant portions of their core audience. That leads to today, where most “instant messaging” happens on smartphones via SMS, iMessage and other popular apps like Facebook Messenger, Facebook-owned Whatsapp, Snapchat, and others. For example, livetext your friends no matter where you are—whether you’re hanging out with other friends, at a ballgame, in a club, or commuting on a train— and share a goofy face or a glimpse of the world around you.” Livetext is completely free to use, and the app works over your device’s Wi-Fi or cellular connection. With Yahoo Livetext, it’s clear that the company is hoping to differentiate its app, despite being a late arrival to this space, by introducing a twist on traditional texting or video.

However, you can’t group message using the app. (We’re not even sure how that might work, unless you all have Brady Bunch-style boxes and really, really tiny text.) Teens and young adults spend a lot of time on their phones and texting, but like most of us, they can’t always take advantage of video calling because they’re in a public place, like a train or ballgame, or somewhere they’re supposed to be quiet, like school. Look for an announcement from us about a new Messenger client coming soon.” We’ve been looking for an Android version of the new app and have found what appear to be help files related to it but not the app itself.

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