Apple and Google Will Fight Over This Start-Up

Every one of the major tech companies has taken steps to upgrade messaging. Microsoft has combined MSN Messenger with Skype, for example. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) has iMessage. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) has upgraded its efforts in a new platform called Hangouts. Start-up MessageMe may best them all anyway.

MessageMe has grown astoundingly in the two months since launch. According to TechCrunch, the service now has 5 million iOS and Android users while usage has tripled. And not just text messages -- MessageMe sets itself apart by allowing users to swap video, voice, and text messages as well as music, location data, and doodles, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following video.

Users appear to appreciate the variety, and that's a problem for the incumbents. Google took years to upgrade its messaging system. Apple's Messages isn't much better. Don't be surprised if these two start a bidding war for the platform, especially if MessageMe offers a premium app that supports money transfers, Tim says.

Do you agree? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, and then let us know which messaging apps you're using now, and why.

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  • Report this Comment On May 23, 2013, at 7:43 PM, matthewluke wrote:

    Maybe they will fight over it. But there seems to always be a new must-download iOS/Android chat program that people on my contacts list want me to switch every few months or so.

  • Report this Comment On May 23, 2013, at 10:25 PM, twolf2919 wrote:

    While it may be true that this "MessageMe" app has more features than either Apple's or Google's products, why would they buy the company when they could trivially implement the same features? They're not exactly novel (most, if not all, are already implemented in various other messaging clients) and are, thus, probably not patented.

  • Report this Comment On May 25, 2013, at 3:33 PM, earlyseller wrote:


    Thanks for the MessageMe input. I am a social media Luddite and e.g. abhor twerp tweets, texts and tukis.

    I just took my second entry in AAPL looking for Apple TV as the "God Send" and am encouraged by your info on AAPL's possibility of 'liking' MessageMe as a takeover. My 70 years experience in communications began at age five calling folks to the phone at my granny's grocery to earn nickels at age five. Today I hate VZ yet use FIOS as a lesser of bad choices.

    In "media" I have enjoyed the IMAX development since "Ontario" at the 1967 Montreal Expo; "Elephants" in 2003and "Dark Knight" in 2009 when I bought a ****load at $6 to sell 2 years later at $35.

    Today I have several IMAX option positions and love spending $30 for two tickets for IMAX 3D flicks like Iron Man 3 and Star Trek...

    Thanks again

    PS TMF still needs an AV Style Guide - other TMF talkers need to copy your erudite style/approach to communicate in non-MySpace/FB spewing and gesticulating. Who should I impress at TMF with my advice for video improvements?

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