The trailer for the App has over 29 Million views. The download count has skyrocketed after a hoax spread over the Internet stating that the App was dangerous and tracked users' locations.
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According to Snopes.com, the developer said in a statement, "We wish to emphasise that no personal data whatsoever is being collected from the users of our app Talking Angela, which is available as an iOS, Android and Facebook app. The description clearly informs the user that one of the core functionalities of the app is chat, which requires two-way communication, where Angela (a chat bot, not a real person) answers with text and voice in English and talks to the user about a variety of subjects. The data collected by the app from the user is not shared with anyone and is actually sent to Out Fit7 only in the form of an anonymized data log (no names, no numbers, no personal data)."
Talking Angela can be played in a child mode or, assumably, adult mode. The App works with google voice and the user can use a device so that Angela can respond to facial gestures.
The user can chat with Angela only in English or type text to communicate with Angela. By saying, "Sing to me," the character sings a song for the user. By saying, "Quiz me," Angela will give the user a quiz. Users can earn gold coins to buy Angela gifts by watching commercials.
The Twittersphere went wild after the hoax went viral and many warned about the dangers of Talking Ashley while others poked fun.
Rt if u still haven't downloaded the talking Angela app. Let's form a prayer circle for those who have.
— ➳ (@Strawharrycurls) February 19, 2014
I HAVENT EVEN DOWNLOADED TALKING ANGELA BUT IM STILL CONVINCED IMA BE DEAD BY TOMORROW MORNING — jessi˘◡˘// 167 (@arcademalik) February 19, 2014
"Don't get talking Angela* *99% of the fandom downloads it* The one direction fandom everyone
— ☼Emily / wwa aug 29☼ (@chersnutella) February 19, 2014
when you download talking angela even though everyones telling you not to and you regret it pic.twitter.com/dzQC79YWxp — jackie (@caradelirry) February 19, 2014
THIS TALKING ANGELA APP IS SKETCHY YOU CAN SEE THE REFLECTION OF A HOUSE IN HER EYES DONT GET IT PLEASE pic.twitter.com/bnIRs5NRdK
— diana (@CasualHemmings) February 19, 2014
this is the reflection in talking Angela's eye lol kms pic.twitter.com/Fq1dJ6diTg — ☃Rebecca☃ (@radvoguehoran) February 19, 2014
you aren't funny if you're downloading talking Angela you're dumb and putting yourself in danger