There’s no shortage of messaging apps that take advantage of your smartphone’s data plan. Apple’s iMessage platform allows the instant exchange of messages, images, and video (albeit to other supported Apple devices). Google uses Google Voice for text messages, but it doesn’t have a first-party utility for freely exchanging media. Samsung’s cross-platform app ChatON seems to fill that void for Android. And while you can send a plethora of multimedia types using ChatON, Voxer’s simpler implementation seems to be ruling the roost. Voxer is an ad-free, cross-platform messaging app for iOS and Android. Playing the role of the modern-day walkie-talkie, it allows snippets of audio, text, and images to be sent surprisingly easily. Read the full story at ARS Technica.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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