iOS 8 brings improved Messages app with voice and video messages, location sharing

iOS 8 brings improved Messages app with voice and video messages, location sharing
Say hello to iOS 8 – the latest edition of Apple's mobile operating system! Announced during the WWDC 2014 keynote, the platform is a major release that brings along plenty of welcome tweaks and improvements. Among the apps that have been treated to a generous upgrade is the one most used by iOS users – the Messages app. 

Messages in iOS 8 features group messaging, in which you can add more people to the thread, or remove ones that shouldn't be part of the chat anymore. Plus, you get a handy dandy DND mode, in case you want to stay tuned to a chat, but prevent it from bugging you with notifications all the time. To personalize a thread, you can assign a name to it. Furthermore, the upgraded Messages app in iOS comes with built-in location sharing. One can share their location with others for a given period of time. 

The iOS 8 variant of Messages supports voice and video messages in addition to texts. Audio messages can be heard straight from the lock screen, by just bringing the iPhone to your ear. Bringing the phone back down will let the user instantly reply with a voice message. Oh, and for fans of Snapchat-like services, Messages in iOS 8 comes with self-destructing voice, photo and video messages.

Feel free to check out the rest of our coverage on iOS 8 and its new features.



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

worst ios update..... no fresh and new features..... more like ios 7.2....

2. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

‘Quick Reply’ feature is copied from BlackBerry10!

12. mkhwaja

Posts: 13; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, it is. But you and I very well know that no one will give BlackBerry any credit for it, so just let them have it.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

They have hangouts now.

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So, they have to wait for a full OS "overhaul" to get new features and fixes on messenger app? I disliked Hangout when it was launch but in little time it had all the features already mentioned here. And now is my to-go app after Whatsapp

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It's getting better, has to, WhatsApp is the devils dropping to me now.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wow OMG this is revolution….. Lmao

4. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Group messaging only now?! Wow.

9. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

No, nimrod, they added the ability to add or remove people from a ongoing group message(Among other features.).

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If Apple made this cross-platform it would be far more appealing.

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Are you kidding me, even their live stream was for Apple devices only.

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

thats because they did not want android users to see what they took from android,google and samsung, the world would laugh at them saying this is it a year of work and thats it.

8. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

How about fix group messaging. You can't reply to a group message without everybody sending a text back with "who is this?". It should go directly to the person who sent the message, not EVERYBODY the message was sent to directly to each persons phone.

11. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

So I guess "Techdork" isn't the best handle for you. settings>messages>turn off group messages. then it will do as you ask, except for imessages.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wth where are all the iFans and users gone….? Come on show yourselves up. Stop hiding with shame.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

would you come out if this is what you got, this is how i felt at the galaxy s5 event , wtf really

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