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Yahoo Livetext - Video Messenger

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Soundless video and texting awkwardly connect for live chat.

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Video messaging without sound with your live image on-screen while you're texting is more awkward than convenient. It's simply not intuitive for those accustomed to FaceTime and Skype. Some will appreciate the ability to see and communicate with a friend without audio, especially in crowded places or on private settings; however, for most people, this particular combination of features doesn't fill a social-networking void. Texts accumulate on the screen, too, so texters aren't really seeing a clear image of their texting partners. For protective parents, having no record on their devices of conversations (which could still have been captured in a screenshot by the recipient) is a bit disconcerting. With so many choices flooding the market, it's unclear whether Yahoo's addition really works for the average user.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 30, 2015
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Publisher: Yahoo
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: July 12, 2020

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