In the myriad of messaging apps available these days, choosing one option is very difficult for users. Apple users have iMessage, but that doesn’t allow them to message their Android toting buddies. There’s Whatsapp, Viber, Skype, Facebook Messenger, BBM, Telegram (our weapon of choice at Ausdroid), Slack and — among many others — Google’s own Hangouts. According to reports from Re-code and The Wall Street Journal, Google are in the very late stages of becoming an investor in the third party messaging app Symphony.
The investment from Google (not any of their business or subsidiary arms) would put them alongside some major backers from various sectors in the American business market who have a high interest in the messaging platform that meets compliance regulations for financial institutions.
Do you believe investment in another messaging platform a business decision, or admission of issues with Hangouts?