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Cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp has about 450 million users, which is one of the key reasons Facebook is spending a whopping $19 billion to acquire the company.
So what’s next for the chat app? Voice. Just as WhatsApp has largely replaced SMS for many users, the company could eventually be a big player in the voice communications space.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from across the web.
- Mobile chat app WhatsApp plans to launch voice over IP calls in the coming months
One of the world’s most popular text chat apps may soon becomes a voice chat app. [CNET]
- Chrome OS 33 update adds “content protected” HD video playback on ARM
Another update includes the ability to search for contacts from the launcher. You can then start a Hangout or send an email more quickly. [Chrome Releases]
- Moviefone goes silent… but lives on as an app… on you phone
I guess phone (or fone) is still appropriate since you can still use the app on your phone. [NYT]
- Fujitsu is developing haptic tech for tablets with tactile feedback (pluck virtual harp strings, etc)
I’m still waiting for haptic feedback good enough to let you touch type on a touchscreen without looking at your fingers. [Engadget]
- France’s Wiko Mobile introduces the first smartphone powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4i
The phone has a 4.7 inch, 720p display, LTE support, and NVDIA’s new chip with an NVIDIA i500 LTE modem. [NVIDIA]