Google+ has hogged all the limelight though Google pretended it did not want all the attention it is getting at the moment.
Of course, it was a clever PR strategy to hide something and reveal bits and pieces about it, invite a few and then bar the rest so that there is a flurry of activity and desperate attempts to get in. That is exactly what happened with Google+, and Google did succeed in getting all the positive attention it wanted.
However, what most of you may not know is that Google has been secretly working on Disco, a group messaging app for Smartphones. It is made by the Slide team within Google, and the company has refused to talk about it no matter what. According to an article written by MG Siegler moments ago, the Slide team is still furiously working on the Disco app, and today they have unveiled Version 3 of the app.
Things according to the reviewer have really begun to look great. Disco not only allows you to chat with a number of people at once, but the new version announced today allows the user to share photos, chat one to one, and also have surprisingly integrated rival products Twitter and Yelp. The new ‘Star’ command would allow you to choose to follow Twitter feeds if anybody within the Disco group and you could also call up Yelp recommendations from anyone within the group.
Finally, you can also create polls and get them answered by those who are in your Disco list. If your friends are not on Disco yet, you could even SMS them right from within the app. Neither the Slide team nor Google would talk about Disco and its developments, and it clearly shows that Google has not stopped at just Google+ and work is underway for further developments in the field of instant messaging and chatting. Disco is available at App Store and Android Market.
At the moment, Disco seems to be available only for US phones and it would allow group texting to almost 99 people, have private chartrooms, use ‘Star commands’ for feedback and answers, and even conduct polls as mentioned earlier. While the Facebook – Skype deal and Twitter’s BackType Acquisition have all pointed towards a larger social media battle, it looks like the big technology companies are leaving no loose ends that might cause competition to stifle their businesses.