Technology Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app arrives on Android

02:15  15 february  2018
02:15  15 february  2018 Source:   Engadget

Android Messages may soon let you text from the web

  Android Messages may soon let you text from the web <p>Could Google finally be getting serious about taking on iMessage?</p>It’s possible, however, that the last leg of that messaging stool is about to get a lot more interesting. Android Police just dug into the code for the very latest version of Android Messages, the app Google makes for SMS. And inside it are references to two very intriguing features.

Messenger Kids for Android will be available today through Google Play. Facebook says the app will also have a slew of Valentine' s Day-themed masks, stickers and frames for users to play with.

Facebook ’ s controversial app Messenger Kids , which lets parents control who kids can talk to, is today rolling out to Android devices in the U.S. with its launch on Google Play.

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Facebook's Messenger app for kids launched in December, though only for iOS, and last month, Facebook made it available for Amazon Fire tablets. Now, TechCrunch reports, and Facebook confirmed to us, that Messenger Kids will be available for Android devices starting today.

The app gives parents the control over who their kids talk to, allowing them to add or delete contacts, and sends them notifications if their children report or block anyone they've been chatting with.

For kids, the app provides them with a way to text or video chat with their friends and family while offering all of the visual fun of GIFs, frames, emojis and masks.

And maybe the best part, kids don't need a Facebook account to use it, only their parents do.

However, the app has drawn skepticism from those concerned about exposing kids to social media and overuse of digital technology.

Messenger Kids for Android will be available today through Google Play. Facebook says the app will also have a slew of Valentine's Day-themed masks, stickers and frames for users to play with.

Apple says it’ll fix the Telugu bug that crashes iPhones with a single character .
<p>News emerged on Thursday that a single message containing an Indian character can crash your iPhone. That’s not something unheard of, as such bugs are discovered on a constant basis. Apple always fixes them using iOS updates, and the company confirmed that a fix for the Telugu bug, as it’s referred to, will be available to iPhone owners even before iOS 11.3 rolls out.</p>The character comes from the Telugu language, which is spoken by some 70 million people in India. When sent over chat apps including iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or email apps, the bug can crash that particular app. To fix the problem yourself, you somehow have to get into the app that crashed and remove the message with the character.

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