CALIFORNIA – Yahoo has just made its first step in the messaging world with the launch of LiveText for iOS and Android.
You can sign up to use the app with either your mobile number or your current Yahoo account. After that, just find or invite friends with a few taps. Once you have connected, you can text the other person while live video is being sent between you.
Basically, it is a video chat without the “chat.” There is no audio involved and all messages written via text are displayed on the screen below the video portion.
Yahoo Livetext is not like FaceTime or other video chat apps because there is no sound. There is also no group messaging available and no phone calls to be made. You will not see your conversation history, so you cannot go back to view messages from previous days. This means if you want to save something during that conversation, you better take a screenshot.
It is worth mentioning here that the messaging space is already extremely crowded as WhatsApp has over 800 million users, Messenger has 700 million-plus, and Snapchat has over 200 million users.
It’s the latest example of Yahoo trying to catch up in mobile services since Marissa Mayer became the company’s CEO three years ago.