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Google Attempts to Fuel its Messaging Game with Who’s Down

Google has just dropped its new app called ‘Who’s Down‘. It’s an invite-only app that simply shows your peers whether you are “down” to hang out — presumably, once you have confirmed that you are indeed “down,” your friends nearby will see that status and include you in whatever activities they have planned out.

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Once you have confirmed you’re “down,” you can put up a status message to say just what you’re “down” for, be it a football match or a house party. The app also has group chatting features which can be used for co-ordination.

The app is similar to Apple’s Find My Friends app and Foursquare’s Swarm app. However, the none of the two lets you say you are ‘down’ for a particular activity. Also, this app is at present, invite-only, and the app’s page on Google Play doesn’t have a whole lot of detail on how exactly things work beyond the included screenshots.

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GIven that Google has not yet revealed any meaty details about how exactly the app would work, one can only speculate possibilities like – its features could migrate to Google’s Hangouts app (around 5 million users)which succeeded Gtalk.

‘Who’s Down’ looks like the company’s effort connect people with a messaging app, an increasingly fertile space where Google is comparatively lagging behind its competitor, Facebook -Messenger( over 700 million active users till June 2015) & WhatsApp(over 900 million active users).

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