Do We Really Need a Yahoo Livetext Messenger?

Yahoo recently launched a messenger app called Yahoo Livetext. But do we really need another messenger?

Published31 Jul 2015, 08:31 AM IST
Tech News
1 min read

Internet giant Yahoo recently unveiled a messaging app to take on the likes of Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. They’ve called it, Livetext.

What is its functionality? Livetext allows a user to exchange live video, text and emoticons, but without audio. The app is available now for Apple and Android devices in the UK, US, Canada, Germany and France. An India launch will follow soon.

But hold your horses – Livetext has one fatal flaw.

Its long list of features leaves out audio. One wonders if there’s any feasibility to having a video chat that lacks audio? Isn’t technology supposed to make life easier for a user, instead of more tedious?

Check out this Video by Yahoo on Livetext

The market is currently cluttered with a dozen and more IM Messenger services – all of which offer new and innovative ways to communicate with our friends.

You have Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Hike, Google Hangouts, Line, BBM, Snapchat and Apple’s own Facetime.

The competitors of Yahoo Live text can text chat, video chat, audio chat and even make calls over a VPN. The idea, therefore, of a messenger service sans audio is plain bizarre.

We believe Yahoo’s Livetext is something along the lines of a ‘me-too’ product in an already overcrowded product category.

What are your thoughts on the Yahoo’s Livetext messenger? Tell us in the comments below.

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