Yahoo debuts Livetext silent video messaging app

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in iPhone edited August 2015
As expected, Yahoo on Wednesday officially announced a new messaging service called Livetext that features live two-way video chats for mobile device users, but with a twist.




Marketed as "live video texting without sound," Livetext is a bit like FaceTime, but instead of talking to each other as they would in a face-to-face conversation, users communicate through facial expressions and typed text.

Yahoo in a press release said the immediacy and spontaneity Livetext affords brings the service closer to real life conversations. A silent live video app addresses problems with both text and voice communications, Yahoo claims. For example, users often misinterpret texts or take hours to respond, while telephone conversations require a relatively quiet environment.

"We see video as a way to make your conversations more authentic, and we see text as a way to connect that's quick and non-intrusive," said Arjun Sethi, senior director of product management at Yahoo.

It seems Yahoo is positioning Livetext as more of an augmentation to texting, not a stripped down video chat client. It remains to be seen whether or not customers agree in light of other mobile-centric video messaging solutions like Apple's own FaceTime.

Livetext has been under in testing in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Ireland, and is slated to go live in Canada, France, Germany, UK and the U.S. on Thursday. The iOS app comes in at 26MB and will be available for free from the App Store.
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  • Reply 1 of 29
    libdemlibdem Posts: 36member
    Oh Yahoo!
    Competing for second place with Snapchat for the Snapchat demographics.
    How far the mighty have fallen!
  • Reply 2 of 29
    no audio - just silent video and text - this is going to be HUGE /s
  • Reply 3 of 29
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    What the hell?
  • Reply 4 of 29
    Can you tell by my facial expression that I'm so excited by this groundbreaking piece of software, I'm on the precipice of a huge bowel movement?

    Text alone cannot properly convey the good news!
  • Reply 5 of 29
    moreckmoreck Posts: 187member
    Bless their hearts. I wonder how long it'll be before the shareholders kick Mayer out?
  • Reply 6 of 29
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,294member

    So Yahoo had a press conference to announce a no sound video chat app? Groundbreaking. 

  • Reply 7 of 29
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    So much hate. I actually "get" this. Problem is yahoo is not a hard are manufacturer, so if average people don't "get" it, why even download it?

    Gotta give props where it's due. A unique idea.
  • Reply 8 of 29
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,368member
    Someone actually cares about this!?
  • Reply 9 of 29
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,050member

    Did Porn business have this long time ago, online Porn site service? 

    BTW, this is a dumbest video chat I've ever seen...

  • Reply 10 of 29
    idreyidrey Posts: 647member
    fallenjt wrote: »
    Did Porn business have this long time ago, online Porn site service? 
    BTW, this is a dumbest video chat I've ever seen...

    You just found their market target! Live sex chats lol
  • Reply 11 of 29
    idreyidrey Posts: 647member
    Unrelated. But how come I haven't seen any news on the Directv and AT&T merger?

    Edit: on AI
  • Reply 12 of 29
    robmrobm Posts: 1,068member
    idrey wrote: »
    You just found their market target! Live sex chats lol

    Yahoo !!!!!!!!!!!
    ah gawd, I think I've over punctuated ...
  • Reply 13 of 29
    maclvr03maclvr03 Posts: 198member
    A for effort....?!?
  • Reply 14 of 29
    am8449am8449 Posts: 376member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cali View Post



    Gotta give props where it's due. A unique idea.

    I agree.

     

    It's an interesting idea. I think the problem they are addressing is the need to emote while texting. I've always thought adding emojis was cumbersome and time-consuming. This app tries to meet that need.

     

    But as others have said, with Snapchat and FaceTime already available, it seems difficult for this to gain traction.

  • Reply 15 of 29
    mike1mike1 Posts: 3,135member
    So, this idea actually made it out of a brainstorming session? I'm trying to fathom the collective salaries of the people bringing this to market.
  • Reply 16 of 29
    friedmudfriedmud Posts: 164member
    I want it. I often want to see my wife to say "hi", but I'm usually in some shared area with lots of people where it would be annoying to FaceTime (airport, work, bus, subway, meeting, etc)

    This is to FaceTime what regular texting is to making a phone call.

    It's really funny to me how literally ANY story about a new app / service receives tons of comments about how stupid it is. Do you people just not have any imagination?

    I'll definitely be checking this out tomorrow.
  • Reply 17 of 29
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 1,245member
    Thanks but no thanks.
  • Reply 18 of 29
    As some one living with neurological issues that effect speach and hearing to weird extremes,and for anyone with of -for the hard of hearing or those with any kind of speech, or brain issues, illness that effects communicating normally - with whatever the health issues or reasons this is what i have been designing-contemplating and asking for -dreaming of, for too long i have written commenting on this needed added or specific functionality to VARIOUS COMPANIES FOR LITERALLY 4 YEARS ASKING FOR EXACTLY THIS!. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY APPLE FIRST, I WISH IT HAD and i hope Please! - that facetime will have this soon! DOWNLOADING IT NOW. bloody hell now ill be using a yahoo product again and thats weird! and no snapchat isnt what i want to use thank you. i want this in FACETIME come on Apple experiment ask the community innovate faster in little ways. Im still pissed at home sharing just going away so you could release Apple Music when you wanted to, but hey at least that is coming back. Way to go Yahoo, but im hardly ready to yahoo as in being happy to use Yahoo web products or services in a confident way, so im not generally hooting high for Yahoo. Yet. but i will say yea! - was going to download try it now lol but cant untill tomorrow. see sad impatient emoji expression here.
  • Reply 19 of 29
    ronnronn Posts: 567member
    "A silent live video app addresses problems with both text and voice communications, Yahoo claims."

    Use Facetime with freaking headphones that includes a mic. I don't ever recall having an issue using this setup in public areas -- cafe, Bryant & Central Parks, stores, etc. WTF
  • Reply 20 of 29
    As some one living with neurological issues that effect speach and hearing to weird extremes, and for anyone with of -for the hard of hearing or those with any kind of speech, or brain issues, illness that effects communicating normally - with whatever the health issues or reasons this is what i have been designing-contemplating and asking for -dreaming of, for too long i have written commenting on this needed added or specific functionality to VARIOUS COMPANIES FOR LITERALLY 4 YEARS ASKING FOR EXACTLY THIS!. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY APPLE FIRST, I WISH IT HAD and i hope Please! - that facetime will have this soon! i will try it. bloody hell now ill be using a yahoo product again and thats weird!
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