Here’s How Yahoo’s New Messaging App Silently Combines Texting and Video

Users will express themselves without sound

Yahoo just released a messaging app, Livetext, which lets people chat on their phones while viewing each other on video. Here's the kicker: The video app doesn't offer sound.

So, users text while watching each other's silent reactions. Mute video texting gives Livetext a unique feature in a crowded messaging space that includes players like WhatsApp and Snapchat.

"We're introducing Yahoo Livetext—a new way to communicate that blends the immediacy, simplicity and ease of texting with the expressiveness of video, without the audio," Arju Sethi, senior director of product management, said in a blog post today. "We see video as a way to make your conversations more authentic, and we see text as a way to connect that's quick and non-intrusive. We think you're really going to love it."

The video texting could help users gauge each other's moods and meanings more clearly than plain texting, according to Yahoo.

"Your friend's goofy look or giant smile, even her eye roll or silent sigh, suddenly become a part of your conversation," Sethi wrote.

Indeed, the app could help folks discover their inner Charlie Chaplin. Have a look for yourself at the video below—no headphones required: