Popular Messaging and VOIP app Line has delivered a significant update for their Windows Phone app.
Version 126.96.36.1992 brings:
Added a Sticker Shop where users can download free stickers
Improved free call quality
The top notification can now be closed by flicking left
Changed to LINE notification tone Bug fixes and performance improvements
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Viber for Windows Phone 8 devices today received a minor update to version 188.8.131.52.
Unlike the recent 4.0 update, this one is not expected to bring any new features, but users report much improved performance.
Unfortunately others are also reporting new errors after the update, but it is suggested that users simply uninstall and re-install the app to correct those.
Download the update here from Windows Phone Store for free.
We first heard about Zello, a Push to Talk service for iOS, Android and Blackberry, heading to Windows Phone in June last year.
Now the app is in public beta, meaning interested users can sign up for an early preview.
Zello has 35 million users, and adds a twist to the Push to Talk formula by adding “channels” which can have up to 300 users, and which therefore allows large scale group chats.
Zello also has Zello Work version for Enterprise users, and its arrival on Windows Phone would be good news for the OS’s enterprise ambitions.
See a video demo of the app on Android after the break and sign up for the beta here.
Maaii is a VOIP app similar to Skype, and like that app it allows users to also make calls for cheap to landlines and mobile phones.
It also features its own social network and has millions of users, being particularly popular in Asia.
Now it appears the app is on the way to USA, with their twitter account claiming:
We are working hard to develop the windows phone version of Maaii. We aim to have it ready in 2014
The announcement is one more sign of increased momentum around Windows Phone.
Thanks Ali for the tip.
Skype for Windows Phone 8 devices received a minor update today.
Unfortunately Microsoft did not reveal what if anything is new, only noting that v184.108.40.206 includes:
-General fixes and improvements.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Have our readers noticed any specific improvements? Let us know below.
via: Plaffo, thanks Lance for the tip.
The cross-platform messaging app Nimbuzz, with more than 150 million users, has seen an important update to their Windows Phone app.
Besides the usual bug fixes version 1.1.4 now finally offers free VOIP calling to other Nimbuzz users all round the world.
“Voice calling has been long awaited on Windows Phone 8 and we are excited to bring this service to our users who have showed faith in our belief of making communication free,” said Shailesh Soni, Product Manager for Windows Phone. “We are aggressively working on major improvements and more exciting features that will surely add greater value to your conversations.”
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Via Trutower.com, thanks to our tipster.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Seecrypt, an encrypted communication app, will be available for Windows Phone users before the end of the year.
The app, now even more prominent after allegations of wide-spread surveillance by the NSA has surfaces, provides secure encrypted messaging and VOIP phone calls to other Seecrypt users. The encryption is claimed to be “military grade”.
The service is also expanding to offer encrypted voice mail, group chats and conference calls before the year’s end. Seecrypt said users will also be able to send encrypted messages with attachments included, such as photos and videos.
The South African company offers free service for the first 3 months and then $3 per month afterward for unlimited calls and messages.
The service will also be coming to Blackberry and the Windows Desktop, bringing secure messaging, calls and attachments to that platform too.
Read more about Seecrypt here.
Do our readers feel the need for this kind of security? Let us know below.
Posting on their blog, Skype announced that they will not be developing the Windows Phone 7 version of their app any further, but will in fact be concentrating on Windows Phone 8 development.
Earlier this year we outlined Skype’s Mobile Future, where our work on Windows Phone has been leading the way in a number of key areas. Skype for Windows Phone was the first Skype mobile app to have HD Video Calling, the new Modern user interface and be always on and power efficient. The Windows Phone 8 platform is gaining good momentum in the marketplace and at Skype the vast majority of our Windows Phone base and usage is on Windows Phone 8.
Just recently we released Video Messaging for our Windows Phone 8 app, enabling you to record and share messages, even when friends and loved ones are not available for a call. As we look ahead to the future, we are focusing all our efforts to bring great experiences and improved performance to Windows Phone 8, building on the capabilities of the platform. As a result we are not planning to release further updates to Skype for Windows Phone 7. However the Windows Phone 7 app will remain available to download in the Windows Phone Store, so users can still keep using the core Skype experiences, such as Chat, Voice and Video Calls.
While Windows Phone 8 is likely the majority of the market, there are still many millions of Windows Phone 7 users, making the decision unfortunate. On the other hand the current app will continue to remain available, and Windows Phone 8 APIs allow features which are just not possible on Windows Phone 7.
Do our readers think this is a reasonable decision, or should Skype, which after all belongs to Microsoft, be going out of their way to support all their Microsoft mobile customers? Let us know below.
Group Voice Messaging app Voxer has received an update meant to address issues with notifications and general performance.
VOIP site TruTower reports some users reported messages not downloading, notifications not popping up, and “the slowness” that some users were experiencing when attempting to send and receive messages.
In their testing however version 0.9.24.0 fixes most of these issues, and the app now operates a lot more smoothly.
Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.
The cross-platform video calling app Tango was one of the first to be available on Windows Phone 7, even before Skype arrived on the platform.
Now VOIP specialist site TruTower reports that the app may never make the jump to Windows Phone 8.
Speaking to Tango Head of Platform Richard Rabbat, the executive said that Tango was “always evaluating the various platforms,” and would continue to support Windows Phone 7, but was “prioritizing Apple’s App Store and Google Play” to enable third-party developers to reach a larger audience.
Rabbat also confirmed that there were no dates to announce regarding Windows Phone 8 availability.
It is likely the early arrival of the software on the platform was due to financial incentives by Microsoft, and that the lack of further incentives are what’s preventing further development.
Hopefully having the Windows Phone installed base grow to 100 million users by the end of 2014 will convince these developers to pay more attention to the platform.
The VOIP app Viber has seen a minor update to version 220.127.116.11. The update follows a major update 3 weeks ago which brought a number of features, including sticker support, to the app.
Unfortunately the update does not come with a change log, but presumably is of the bug fixing variety.
Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks sri hari and fusion for the tip.
Windows Phone 8 build in some hooks to make it easier for VOIP apps to integrate with the OS, but so far only Skype has really made use of it.
If however you use a generic SIP implementation the good news is that Acrobits are in the process of developing an app in Windows Phone that will allow access to most SIP servers.
This is according to Rafael Torreblanca, VP of Business Development from Acrobits S.R.O, who on enquiry said:
Thanks for your email. Yes we pare actually working on it, and we will release a version but only for end Q3 this year…
VP Business Development
Their current iPhone client supports both SIP and Google Voice integration, which will hopefully carry over to their Windows Phone app also.
Read more about their apps at Acrobits here.
Thanks Blago for the tip.
Voxer group voice messaging app came to Windows Phone at the end of June, but the app is only part of Voxer’s offering.
Voxer is also a business communication platform, supported by two apps – Voxer Pro and Voxer Pro Business.
Those apps are not available on Windows Phone yet, but according to Voxer COO Itamar Kandel the apps are certainly on their way.
In an interview with VoIP specialist site TruTower when asked if the apps are coming to Windows Phone he said:
It will! We plan to launch Voxer Pro and Voxer Pro Business to Windows Phone 8 devices by the end of the year.
On iOS or Android Voxer Pro is $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year which brings features such as live interrupt mode and extreme notifications. Voxer Pro Business costs $9.95 a month per user and offers a variety of additional features specifically tailored to businesses, such as an admin portal, live map locations for different team members, and ownership over content and sent messages.
Having more enterprise apps on Windows Phone will allow companies to use Windows Phones as easily as iOS or Android in business, and open the door to BYOD for Windows Phone also.
Read more at TruTower here.