Archive for: chat

Review: IM+ For Android.

  • April 17, 2011 6:28 pm

Besides a differentiating coat of paint, multi-account IM clients aren’t all that different these days. A small feature here or there are the only deciding factors left for feature hounds to stew over. But a few times a year we as consumers are treated to major revisions which bring about massive UI changes and/or new features.

Shape Services recently released IM+ 4.0 for Android. With it comes a thoroughly revamped UI and promises of faster, more intuitive interaction. Is the new update really worth it’s weight in cheap currency paper and not so precious metals stamped into coin form? Gadgetsteria investigates…

BlackBerry Messenger 6.1 Screenshots Leak Out. Revamped UI In Route.

  • April 5, 2011 7:46 pm

One of RIM’s staple services, BlackBerry Messenger, has a rather substantial update in the making. The image above shows what is claimed to be BBM 6.1′s new interface which includes more customization options and all new icons. To some it may not seem like much. But to BlackBerry fanatics who’ve been looking at the same aging pixels since BBM 5.0 was released last year, it’s more than welcome.

BlackBerry Messenger 6 Features Revealed.

  • January 25, 2011 1:00 pm

As suspected, RIM announced some upcoming changes in their BlackBerry Messenger platform that will coincide with increased social aspects of future OS updates. Indonesian blog, Kombb, managed to get some claimed preliminary details of BBM 6.0:

  • Play games using your BBM username
  • Cross-chat with users on BBM even without being their friends.
  • BBM status will update dynamically depending on goals and accomplishments from games.
  • BBM6 will be supported on all 5.x+ devices.

While RIM’s products aren’t typically geared specifically for consumers (as opposed to the corporate/enterprise market), these upcoming change certainly sound promising. But are they enough? My vote: RIM needs to get QNX on BlackBerry phones ASAP!

Beejive Releases Facebook-Only IM App for iOS. #beejive #ios

  • December 23, 2010 10:20 am

On Apple’s iOS platform, there are no less than half a dozen to a dozen mobile apps dedicated solely to multi-account IM apps (that are worth using). Some are better than others. My personal favorite has been Beejive. It looks good, performs well, and as cliche as it sounds — it just works. But maybe you don’t want or need support for as many accounts as Beejive supports and you don’t like the built-in chat functionality in the Facebook app. Beejive has a solution.

Earlier in December, Beejive released a Facebook-only version of their popular multi-account app. And after a solid week of playing around with it I must say I like it and could actually use it full time. I’ve got many different IM accounts but really only use two — Facebook and Google Talk. Google Talk is taken care of by Verbs (review here). And now my Facebook needs can be handled with Beejive’s Facebook app.

If you’re even remotely curious about this app, get on the bandwagon quick as the app is at an introductory price of $0.99. Check it out in the App Store now.

Gmail Users Can Enjoy Free Phone Calls Through 2011.

  • December 20, 2010 2:37 pm

This past August, Google unveiled a new feature within Gmail giving users the ability to place phone calls on their computer quickly and easily. Sweetening the deal came by way of “free” phones through the end of 2010.

Today, Google has come forward and changed their story, though for the better. Now, Gmail users can make free calls for the rest of 2010 and all of 2011. The reasoning behind Google’s actions here aren’t yet known. While Google makes truckloads of money every day, paying for people to conduct millions of phone calls during the same time period can’t be cheap.

We’ve reached out to Google for clarification and will report back when more is known.

Google Talk iOS App “Verbs” Updated to Version 1.0.1. Local Notifications Now in Effect. #verbsapp #ios

  • December 19, 2010 7:20 pm

Late last week, we reviewed a unique newcomer to the iOS Google Talk scene. “Verbs”, as it is called, doesn’t offer all that much in terms of functionality. After all, it is a simple Google Talk app. On top of that, the one staple feature that any time-based communication app should feature as default — Push Notifications — is not currently supported. What Verbs does do well, however, is design. Verbs looks amazing. And tonight, version 1.0.1 makes the harsh reality of no Push Notification support a bit easier to swallow.

The latest update features your usual assortment of bug fixes and performance tweaks. Though the biggest thing to talk about are the “local notifications”. Basically, the app will alert you of new messages while it is in the background for up to ~10 minutes. After that point, you are disconnected from Google Talk and the messages stop flowing. For those impromptu conversations started by other people, it still doesn’t help. But once the conversation gets going, you can now freely move about iOS and not have to worry about missing the latest comments.

Verbs 1.0.1 can be found in the App Store as a free update to current users and $2.99 for newcomers.

Review: “Verbs” Google Talk Client for iOS. #verbsapp #ios

  • December 17, 2010 9:41 am

Two years after Apple unveiled the App Store and over 150,000+ apps later, it may seem rather redundant and useless to release another chat client in to the midst. But there’s one thing above Verbs that’s very different — it looks amazing! From a design perspective, it puts all other chat apps to shame. Though, that awesome design doesn’t come without a few caveats. Hop inside for the review…

Finally, A Good Looking IM Client Coming to iOS — “Verbs” #verbs #ios

  • December 4, 2010 9:19 pm

When it comes to multi-chat apps on iOS, “a dime’s a dozen” certainly rings true. It’s not very hard to tie together a bunch of IM protocols and display them in one window. And after testing out pretty much every multi-chat app on the App Store, I’ve come to the conclusion that the hard part to building a multi-chat app isn’t the functionality — It’s the design.

To some people, design is nothing more than an afterthought. For if an app or service gets the job done functionality-wise, why care about anything else. And for many of the multi-chat apps on iOS, that is the exact stance that was taken. There are some truly hideous looking apps out there. But every once in a while, a gem shines though. The most recent of which is a Twitter app which goes by the name of “Weet”. But the focus tonight is on multi-chat — not Twitter. With that said, a new upcoming Google Talk app based out of India has caught my eye…

Nimbuzz Drops ICQ Support Due to Licensing Fees. #icq #nimbuzz

  • November 15, 2010 6:30 am

Recall if you will, a few weeks back when Skype started cutting off third party services from using it’s API all willy nilly. Things have since died down. But now we have another developer(s) pulling the same stunt.

Nimbuzz, a popular multi-account IM app, is removing ICQ support. What’s different from the whole Skype/Nimbuzz story, however, is that instead of improperly used APIs, ICQ is simply looking for some more money. On that note, ICQ wants Nimbuzz to start paying for every single user that uses ICQ. Nimbuzz however, has absolutely no intention of incurring licensing costs that it would then have to pass on to their customers. They want to keep Nimbuzz free. The unofficial, non-politically correct response: No, hell no…