Smartphone users in Hong Kong and Singapore can now send a silent video of their reactions along with their text messages to their friends via Yahoo's Livetext messaging app.
According to Yahoo, Livetext allows users to add words and emoticons that overlay silent videos, "making conversations more authentic while being non-intrusive."
The move to create a silent video app was inspired by the messaging patterns that Yahoo witnessed, Adam Cahan, Yahoo's Senior Vice President of mobile and emerging products, told the International Business Times. "Mobile addiction is pretty much where we are in our consumer adoption program right now. People are texting a ton, but what's not happening is calling and video chat." He added that he himself barely talks on the phone or listens to his voicemail.
Livetext messages are not saved onto the phone, and will disappear once the conversation is over, said Yahoo. It is also a one-to-one messaging service, without the capability of hosting group chats.
To use Livetext, users will need to download the app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, before signing in using their phone number or Yahoo ID.
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