Bitstrips, creators of the popular Facebook and mobile application that allows users to place cartoon avatars of themselves in various situations, has announced the launch of Bitmoji, its customizable emoji sharing app, on iOS devices. Bitmoji expands upon the principle of Bitstrips, as users can create an avatar to represent them, and then use that created avatar in expressive emojis when talking to friends.
Mobile customer acquisition company YouAppi has announced it has raised $3 million in Series A funding, in a round led by Glilot Capital Partners, 2B-Angels and Flint Capital. The company has also announced its mobile customer acquisition solution, which guarantees higher customer lifetime value and focuses on post-conversion performance, rather than just installs.
Frankly has announced it has secured $12.8 million in funding from JJR Private Capital, Standford-StartX Fund and SK Planet. The Frankly Chat app allows users to chat with friends with a focus on privacy, as messages disappear seconds after they’ve been read. The app has been downloaded over 1.5 million times since its launch in 2013.
Social gifting company Cleverbug has announced new changes to its iOS CleverCards app, which allows users to create and send both e-cards and printed greeting cards to friends and family, with personalized Facebook photos. These changes will allow users to add video and audio messages to their digital cards, and also send e-cards via Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Social messaging platform Chaatz has been updated with new features across iOS and Android. Specifically, a new Chaatz Connect features makes the app even more social than before, encouraging users to meet other people through the platform based on their location in the real world. Rather than focus on location in terms of cities and even individual streets, the app separates users by countries, with Chaatz Connect featuring users in 60 countries so far.
Emojis are evolving into their own language and are gaining just as much popularity as selfies. Isn’t it time they got their own documentary? This one is not even two-minutes short, but it captures the future growth of emojis, their potential assimilation into our lives, and their vague, graphical symbolism. (more…)
Push-to-talk (PTT) company Voxer has announced an update to its Voxer Business app on mobile devices, introducing “walkie talkie” mode for companies. This technology works across all carriers and is cost effective, as companies aren’t forced to purchase specific push-to-talk capable devices for each employee, especially those in other countries.
Mobile translation company Muuzii has released its real-time, free-form translation service in the North American market, via a partnership with AT&T. Muuzii’s technology has been in development since 2009, with a version of the service already available in China. It allows mobile users to enter phrases via text message to receive accurate translations in return, while taking into account jargon, misspellings, auto-correct errors and more.
Line Corporation is celebrating the third birthday of its Line mobile messaging app, and has today announced the Line family of apps has crossed one billion total downloads worldwide. In addition to the original Line app, 14 of these “family apps,” like Line Camera and Line Bubble, have passed 10 million downloads each, with Line Camera having more than 90 million downloads alone.
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