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Mobile Minutes: Facebook’s video calling; Uber delivers food; Tencent’s smartphone software; Huawei’s budget phone

April 29, 2015

messenger 185Facebook adds video calling to Messenger mobile app
The feature, announced Monday, differs from other video services like Skype and FaceTime because it allows users to quickly upgrade conversations to video from texting within the app, said Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger’s head of product.
Read more on Wall Street Journal

Uber says it can deliver food in NYC in 10 minutes
Uber will already ferry you just about anywhere you want to go, hook you up with a carpool, help you move, and deliver packages for you. Now, depending on where you live, Uber drivers will also bring you a freshly cooked meal.
Read more on Wired

Tencent challenges Google, Alibaba with own smartphone software
Tencent Holdings Ltd. released an operating system for smartphones and smartwatches Tuesday as it tries to win more of the 557 million Chinese accessing the Internet through mobile devices.
Read more on Bloomberg

Huawei releases new Honor budget smartphone, to be sold online
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd launched on Tuesday the Honor 4C smartphone, the latest bid by the Chinese technology firm to gain market share in the highly competitive budget handset segment from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc.
Read more on Reuters

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