Slingshot Has Been Released & It Demands Your Phone Number

Facebook's new Slingshot app is now available in the App Store and the Google Play Store for iOS and Android, respectively. The app, for now, seems to have been made available to users in the United States only so if you live elsewhere, you're in for a slightly longer wait. Before we get down to our review of the app, we're going to talk a little about privacy and what using Slingshot means. The app itself is indeed the Snapchat competitor eveeryone thought it would be and with a large company like Facebook behind it, the design is well up to par. Read More

HoverChat Is A Messaging App For Android With Facebook Like Floating Bubbles

Chat bubbles introduced by Facebook have become quite popular and not because they look nice, which they do, but because they are incredibly functional as far as on-screen notifications go. Because of their popularity, lots of messaging and chat apps have incorporated similar floating bubbles. HoverChat is one such messaging app that does chat bubbles extremely well. When you receive a new message, a bubble appears on your home screen. You can tap it and view the message in a small floating window without having to switch to the app itself and reply to the message. The floating window can be moved to any one of the screen edges. Read More

Autodesk Instant: A New Android & iOS Group Messaging App For Offices

Over the past few years, Autodesk has brought a variety of notably good apps for both Android and iOS, including the famed Pixlr Express, Pixlr-o-matic, AutoCAD 360, Sketchbook Mobile, and a variety of others. Joining the developer’s remarkable arsenal is Autodesk Instant, a group chat client aimed at workplaces and corporate clients, available on both Android and iOS. We’ll take a deeper look at it right after the jump. Read More

PureContact: Use Custom Gestures To Place Calls, Send SMS, IM, Emails & More On Android

Previously, we've covered a ton of contact management apps for Android including Go Contacts, Hoiio Live, and Contact Analyzer, just to name a few. The advantage of using third-party contact managers over the native solution is usually that they provide users with some additional features not found in the stock offering. PureContact is one such solution designed to let users easily send text messages and emails or make calls by accessing a multitude of apps including Whatsapp, Viber etc., under one roof, using simple speed dial gestures that are also programmable according to your liking. Details after the jump. Read More

hello sms Is An Android Messaging App With A Neat, Tabbed Interface

If you search for SMS replacement apps for Android, you will find a ton of options available at the Play Store such as Disa, Now SMS and the recently covered EvolveSMS, just to name a few. And while no SMS app has seen as much popularity and acclaim as GO SMS Pro, a new kid on the block named hello sms might redefine a few rules. Carrying a minimal and simple UI, it offers a texting environment you may not have experienced before. Thanks to its barebones UI, hello sms aims to let you send text messages and photos as quickly as you can. The app sports an awesome tab-based UI that ensures quick and easy switching between different conversation when texting. Details after the jump. Read More

EvolveSMS Is An Andriod SMS App With A Customizable Hangouts-Like Interface

With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5, Google introduced an update to the Hangouts app with support for SMS, and later pushed out the update to Play Store for everyone. What I personally like best about the interface of Hangouts is the ability to quickly switch between the conversation list and the currently open conversation itself using a simple gesture. If you don’t want to switch to Hangouts for your SMS and MMS needs, but would like to have a similar interface in your messaging app, try EvolveSMS. In addition to a Hangouts-like interface, the free app also boasts some customization options, along with a theming support and a bunch of more powerful features unlockable via in-app purchases. Join us as we take a closer look at this new messaging app for Android. Read More

biteSMS For iOS 7 Now Available For Download

Following the release of the iOS 7 jailbreak, it was only a matter of time before Cydia apps started getting updated with minimalistic looks to match the new flat interface convention. We saw this trend in App Store offerings as soon as iOS 7 was announced, and now biteSMS has become the first jailbreak app to hop on to the bandwagon with version 8. Of course, the Cydia store itself got revamped just a few days ago with a new UI to go with iOS 7. There aren’t too many new features on offer in biteSMS 8, but the update still changes the whole game by moving the app away from the trademark skeuomorphic look found in its previous versions and towards one that matches the stock Messages app. Read More

Hands-On With The Official Viber App For Windows 8 & RT

Popular free mobile messaging and VoIP platform, Viber, extended its roots to the desktop back in May with the release of Viber for Windows and Mac, though the Windows app was desktop-based, meaning those using Windows RT tablets were out of luck. After a lot of speculations and wait, this week marked the availability of the popular VoIP service in Modern UI flavor at the Windows Store, boasting everything you would expect from an official Viber app, coupled with an exquisite interface that is both simple and intuitive. Viber for Windows 8 and RT offers all the functionality found on the mobile and desktop variants sans voice messaging and video calls. Read on for our hands-on review. Read More

Razer Comms For Android Is A Text & Voice Chat Companion For Gamers

Razer is a well-regarded brand in the world of video gaming accessories. Known for its high-end gaming peripherals targeted at PC and console gamers, the US firm has been in the business for quite some time now, and primarily manufactures keyboards, headphones, game controllers etc. A few days ago, Razer released Razer Comms – Gaming Messenger on Android, which brings its gaming-oriented VoIP service - which was previously only available on Windows - to Google's mobile platform. The app, which allows users to stay connected to their Razer Comms friends even when they are in the middle of their multiplayer gaming session, is basically an extension to the Windows desktop client, and not just a standalone app. What’s good about it is that instead of having to flipping windows back and forth on your computer, you can simply use the mobile app as an easier solution to communicate with your gaming pals whether you’re playing games or not. Read on for more details. Read More

SPOTS Is A Chrome New Tab Page & Android Quick-Launch Panel With Synced Speed Dial, Calls & Texts

Tired of Chrome’s default home page? How about replacing it with one that not only gives you endless customization options, but also lets you sync it with your Android device and make information from your phone or tablet accessible right in your Chrome browser on desktop? SPOTS is an interesting duo of a Chrome New Tab page and an Android app that syncs across the two platforms. It turns the Chrome New Tab into a much more entertaining and feature-loaded window, displaying speed dials for your frequently accessed and favorite websites, access to flash-based online games and popular web services like Spotify, Twitter, 9GAG, YouTube, Hulu and more, view your Android texts and phone calls on your PC and even reply to messages. The Android app itself, which is essentially a quick launch panel that can accessed from anywhere in the OS, syncs with the extension to keep your personalized services accessible on your device as well. Read More

Hop For iOS Aims To Make Email More Accessible By Giving It An Instant Messaging Feel [Review]

I didn't quite understand all the hoo-hah around achieving 'inbox zero' until I started working at multiple blogs, enrolled in an educational institute with a proper mailing system, and took up several other side-activities that relied on email for communication. I thought 'inbox zero' was just another concept made up by the overly & unnecessarily hyper-productive to sound productive. Now, however, I don't just want to achieve Inbox Zero; I need to. If there is any unread, unreplied or unarchived email in any one of my three Gmail inboxes - separate for work, school, and personal - I feel as if I am lagging behind. In other words, modern email is a chore. It's a laborious task to manage. It's something you have to deal with in the modern world. Apps like Mailbox, and Triage do make the process shorter but it still feels like work. Hop (previously known as Ping) wants to make email a more playful experience - much like WhatsApp, Viber, Kik or the dozens of other instant messaging apps available across all mobile platforms today. Does it succeed? That's what we shall find out in this review. Read on. Read More

Hangouts For iOS Gets Free US & Canada Voice Calling & Google Voice Integration

There was once a time when Google's suite of communication apps included Google+ Messaging, Google Talk, Google Hangouts, and Google Voice. It made for a very disjointed experience for people sticking to Google for all their communication needs. Then, Google combined the first three services and called them "Hangouts". It didn't have a pretty start, but Hangouts has seriously improved across the board since launching back in May this year. Read More

Unofficial iMessage App For Android Available For Download, But With Security Risks

The inherent flexibility of Google’s mobile OS is one of the major factors that makes it so attractive to its users, and it is this very quality that makes it possible for Android users to get the features, look and feel of other platforms with nothing but a few taps. While certain Android fans might smirk at the idea of porting features over from rival platforms – iOS, in particular – others will welcome such alternatives as long as they add a significant value over stock provisions. Case in point: iMessage. Why would anyone want to use iMessage on Android, you ask? It is likely that you have at least one or two good friends, if not many more, who own iPhones. iMessage will enable you to converse with them for free over the internet without them having to install any additional IM apps and vice versa. iMessage Chat for Android makes this possible. However, for now, there to be talk of suspicious behavior and security risks surrounding the app. Read on past the break for details. Read More

Now SMS Is An Android Text Messaging App With A Google-Now Like UI

Messaging apps are among the most popular and fastest growing applications genres on Android and iOS. Even though free mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik or Viber have been getting more consumer attention lately (and incessantly eating away at mobile carriers’ SMS revenues), SMS clients such as Go SMS Pro still haven't faded entirely into the background. Now SMS is a brand new text messaging app for Android that features Google+ and Google Now-like aesthetics with Android’s Holo interface. The app allows you to send and read your SMS and MMS messages, and comes packaged with loads of additional features and options. Screenshots, usage details and more right after the jump. Read More

Disa Combines Text Messaging & WhatsApp On Android In A Great Interface [Review]

Jut the way cellphones made instant text-based communication ubiquitous, the advent of smartphones, the widespread availability of mobile internet, and services like WhatsApp made it free. However, multiple messaging apps can be a pain to manage, plus the more apps you run, the more system resources they are going to consume, especially with apps that actively work in the background. Remember the days when MSN, Yahoo! and AOL Messengers were all the rage, and multi-protocol IM apps like Pidgin, Digsby and Trillian were immensely popular because they supported all these services and more in a single package? Disa aims to do the same with the modern, phone number-based mobile messaging services. Currently in alpha, it's starting off with SMS and WhatsApp, with support for more services like Google Voice and Hangouts in the pipeline. Though despite being an alpha, it boasts an impressive interface, works surprisingly well, and even lets you merge conversations on multiple services into one! For our detailed review of this extremely promising app, read on. Read More

Smart Messenger Might Be The Most Customizable & Intelligent Messaging App For Android

If you’ve been using Android phones for a while now, you should be no stranger to messaging replacement apps. Some focus on the aesthetics and others on extra functions like auto-reply, scheduling, filters, etc., but none of the current lot offer an example that sets a high bar for all future SMS apps. Enter Smart Messenger by XDA-Developers forum member ‘deanwray’ – the messaging app that we believe all others will bow down to. The app - currently in beta - is wrapped up in a great UI that takes cues from Google's 'Holo' design guidelines. The app also comes bundled with a few eye-candy themes (with more likely coming soon), and has plenty of features and advanced settings that will keep you hooked. For example, the app sports a Filters & Rules feature that left my Editor calling it the ‘Tasker for SMS’. Yes, it is that customizable. It also supports scheduling, Google Drive uploads, syncing with the stock SMS app, all while it is still in the works, with a bunch of more features in the pipeline. More on this brilliant app right after the jump. Read More

Hands-On With The New WhatsApp Voice Messaging For Android, iOS & Windows Phone

The mobile messaging smash hit WhatsApp has become synonymous with instant messaging thanks to its 300 million strong user-base. The four-year-old service, which has expanded to several mobile platforms since its inception, including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian OS, is used to share 325 million photos and 31 billion messages around the globe per day according to its makers. To celebrate their achievement, WhatsApp has now rolled out an all new voice messaging feature that will enable users to send quick voice memos to one another. If you haven’t used WhatsApp before, it seems now is a good time to take the plunge. After the break, we'll be taking a closer look at how the new voice messaging works. Read More

Access Android Photos, View & Send SMS From A Browser With FoneLink

Smartphones were invented to boost our productivity but if used the wrong way, they can also destroy productivity like nothing else. You could be on fire one second getting more work done in an hour than you have the whole day when suddenly, your phone will alert you to a new message and the next thing you know, you'll be completely indulged into the conversation. For me, once I have my phone in my hand, even if it's just to read a message, checking me email, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter becomes unavoidable. The only way to avoid a dip in your productivity is to stay away from your phone while working, but that isn't always possible. FoneLink is an Android app by the developers of BlueStacks that works with its web interface allowing you to read and respond to your text messages and view your photos right in your computer's browser, regardless of whether you are on a Mac, Windows PC, a Linux based system, or even a tablet. The Android app is what creates the connection between your phone and the service's web interface. Read More

Secretly Save Media & Upload Longer Videos In Snapchat For iPhone With Phantom

There can be no bigger testament to the popularity of an app than its continued success despite competition from a tech giant like Facebook. Many doomsayers weren't too optimistic about the future of Snapchat when Poke was launched, but recent data has shown that the service has been going along smooth as ever. If anything, its user base has increased in recent months, like it always has. Having said that, not all is bright and rosy for the chat messenger specializing in self-destructing media sharing. Latest reports suggest that iOS 7 breaks the app’s ability to detect screenshot captures on an iPhone. Maybe the glitch will be fixed before this fall, but as soon as the next iOS gets jailbroken, more solutions are likely to pop up again for those who just don’t think that 10 seconds is enough time to view a photo or video. Even for iOS 6, there is a Cydia tweak by the name of Phantom that lets you discreetly export received photos and videos from Snapchat to the camera roll. Not only that, Phantom also adds a slew of other useful options to Snapchat, making it a messenger that has almost everything you can ever want. Read More

Kikutext Helps Teachers Communicate With Parents Via Text Messaging

Being a teacher can be a wonderful experience, but it’s quite exasperating too, especially early on. And, as if your classroom duties weren't enough, you’re required to maintain consistent communication with lots of anxious parents and enhance school-to-home interaction, so students perform better. While these apparently conflicting demands are stressful, they’re also central to your teaching experience, and hence, implacable. Kikutext is a web application that understands the necessity of these stresses and seeks to mitigate them. Using the system, teachers are able to send quick individualized status updates directly to parents’ cell phones as text messages. Parents can respond to these updates by simply replying to a message from their cell phone. Read More