Ed Simnett

Ed Simnett is a Lead Analyst for Gigaom Research who brings more than eighteen years of technology and mobile experience to his…

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption to its Android app

Whatsapp just got a whole lot more secure for Android users. On Tuesday, the company announced that it’s added a strong encryption protocol to its Android app, which means that Whatsapp can no longer read your messages, even if compelled by law enforcement.

Messaging war survivor Kik retools with new custom features

Kik, the messaging app, is doing well as a back channel for social apps like Instagram. Now, with 30 million registered users, it’s pursuing its first update in a year and a half, creating a new way for people to add features like mini-apps.

WhatsApp eclipses 100 million download mark on Google Play

WhatsApp, the huge mobile messaging app, has hit 100 million downloads on Google Play. The company is still not releasing overall mobile install numbers from its other five platforms. But the milestone shows why carriers are signing deals with it.

Spotbros wants to become a location-based WhatsApp on steroids

Spanish startup Spotbros is trying to muscle into the mobile messaging market with an app that combines location-based communications with rich web-like messages and extra security. The company has raised $500,000 from former Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and other investors.

Five things I’ve learned from 20 years of email

It’s been 20 years since I got my first-ever email address. Back then, I read email with a 2400 bps modem. Today, emails reach me instantaneously on my phone whereever I am. Here are a few important lessons I’ve learned along the way. delves deeper into voice calling with iPhone support

Multiprotocol instant messaging app is getting more vocal. The new iPhone app now supports VoIP calls over cellular and Wi-Fi between imo users. Voice is a tricky business for a startup with no established customer base, but luckily imo already has 700,000 daily users.

GroupMe launches group event planning service

GroupMe is looking beyond messaging with the introduction of Experiences by GroupMe, a new group event planning service that is launching in New York City. It’s part of GroupMe’s larger plan to influence local spending and get a piece of the local ad and offers market.

1 in 5 parents use gadgets as in-home intercom with kids

British supermarket chain Asda conducted a survey and found parents were increasingly using technology as a form of in-home intercom with their kids, calling them to dinner or telling them to do homework. One in five used gadgets to communicate with children inside the home.

WhatsApp bucks convention, quietly builds a messaging titan

WhatsApp is now delivering more than 1 billion messages a day on six different mobile platforms, which it claims puts ahead of any other independent messaging apps. It’s built its success despite charging for its app, avoiding publicity and somewhat reluctantly accepting VC money.

Why T-Mobile is expanding its Bobsled VoIP platform

T-Mobile expanded its Bobsled service on Tuesday, bringing free voice calls over the web to landlines and mobiles in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Bobsled is available through a browser, Facebook, Android and iOS. Here’s why the carrier is looking beyond its own network borders.

OS X code suggests iMessage could come to iChat

It seemed like a no-brainer when Apple first unveiled iMessage for iOS devices: Why not build it into OS X, too? Well, turns out we may soon see iMessage work across nearly all Apple hardware, if new code discovered in Lion’s iChat is any indication.

Skype adds XMPP support, IM interoperability next?

Skype quietly added some XMPP support to its most recentbeta last week. Adopting the open protocol helps Sype to integrate with Facebook, but it could also be used for interoperability with other IM platforms. Just don’t expect to call your Gtalk friends any time soon.

Pinger builds a bridge between IM and SMS

Pinger, a San Jose, Calif.-based startup that initially dealt in web-based voice messaging, has launched a free service for sending texts over a web browser. The new feature, dubbed Textfree Web, could well bridge the gap between traditional SMS and the quickly growing mobile messaging market.

How LiveProfile Netted 1M Users in 5 Days

Did RIM’s BlackBerry platform, which has been pretty much left for dead by the tech press, rocket a messaging app to 1 million users in five days? It sure looks that way, so we talked to LiveProfile’s founder about app success and servers.

4 Top iPad IM Apps

Last year, I wrote an article about Instant Messaging Apps for the iPhone. The iPad version is slightly different. As with the iPhone apps, I found it really came down to BeejiveIM, IM+ Pro, and AIM, so I’m going to take a closer look at those.

Mozilla Raindrop Aims to Solve Message Glut in 2010

Mozilla’s Raindrop messaging project holds a lot of promise. Like many early-stage, open-source Mozilla projects, the design of Raindrop isn’t being widely publicized, but there are now more interface clues as to why it could be important.

Beginning Mac: iChat

A wide range of different applications and protocols exist for communicating via voice and instant messaging, with some being far more popular…

Review: AIM for Mac Beta

It’s been four long years since AIM 4.7 for Macintosh was released by AOL.  The screenshots on their product page still show…

GTalk on iPhone

Google has released a Google Talk client for the iPhone that allows instant messaging as long as the application is open. I’d…

March Madness: Get Your Startup Out of Pre-Revenue!

March Madness typically refers to NCAA college basketball, but this month’s craziness ranges from stock market-madness to presidential primary-madness, more prez -primary-madness…

Funniest. Spoof. Ever. OK, maybe not ‘ever’, but it has to be up there. Words simply can’t describe this spoof video about Microsoft’s new…

Still more telecom fundings

Telcotrash adds to my previous telecom funding round-up. IPLogic, ($1.5 million), Clarus Systems, (VoIP company, $10 million), SoundBite Communications, (hosted VoIP, $8.5…

Mercora Goes Mobile

Mercora, one of the place shifting companies I have written in the past is going mobile. To remind you all, Mercora is…