ALISO VIEJO, CA – October 27, 2015 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) today announced its award-winning Sock Puppets™ app is now integrated with Facebook’s Messenger app, allowing over 600 million Messenger users to create and share talking Sock Puppets as video messages with their friends. The new version of Sock Puppets highlights Smith Micro’s expertise in combining rich visual communications with content monetization, giving people more options to personalize their messages with characters that reflect their mood and personality.
“According to Swyft Media, there are 6 billion emoticons or stickers flying around the world every day on mobile messaging apps, demonstrating massive consumer demand for personalized messaging,” said Carla Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing Officer at Smith Micro. “Sock Puppets for Messenger goes beyond simple emojis by using characters that lip-synch and move to create an engaging, interactive messaging experience. A ‘freemium’ content model will give us the opportunity to upsell new characters as they become available.”
Sock Puppets was originally developed as an iOS app that lets people create their own virtual puppet shows and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Technology from Sock Puppets was used to develop Smith Micro’s CommSuite Avatars solution, a visual messaging and content monetization platform for wireless operators. The new Sock Puppets for Messenger now offers the robustness of a carrier-grade app with the ability to choose puppets, scenery and backgrounds, letting users create custom-animated video messages from within Messenger. The app will include both free and paid premium content via in-app purchase.
“Sock Puppets has been a highly successful, kid-friendly app for entertainment and education, with over 2 million downloads,” said Fahim Niaz, Director of Product Management at Smith Micro. “The integration with Messenger makes it even easier for people to enjoy hilarious group conversations using multiple puppets and backgrounds on a single stage.”
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Smith Micro provides software to simplify and enhance the mobile experience. Our connectivity applications ensure the best Quality of Experience for users of wireless networks, while embedded mobile software creates new opportunities for wireless service providers and B2C businesses to engage with consumers via smartphones. Our portfolio also includes content monetization solutions such as visual messaging, video streaming, and a variety of 2D and 3D graphics applications. For more information, visit smithmicro.com. (NASDAQ: SMSI)
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