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There are no lack of Instant Messaging apps in the Android market. A quick search will yield apps like eBuddy, Meebo, IMO, IMEasy etc. IM+ is yet another instant messaging app.
For those who are coming from iPhone, you will know that IM+ is one of the most popular IM app in the Apple App Store. It supports Twitter, push notification and many more features unique to other IM app. So how does the IM+ for Android stack up? Does it live up to its reputation? Can it stand out in the crowd? Let’s take a look.
Note: We are also having a free giveaway for the IM+ Pro app for Android. Read on for more details.
After installation, the first thing you need to do is to add your IM accounts. Networks supported by IM+ include MSN, Skype, Facebook, AOL, Gtalk, Yahoo, Jabber, ICQ and mySpace. Unlike the iPhone version, there is no Twitter support yet.
Once you have setup all your IM accounts, you will find all your contacts listed in a single window. An icon will show up beside each contact to identify the IM network he/she is from.
I must admit, IM+ has a really nice user interface. In fact, it is the best among all IM apps. The contact list fills up the whole screen with no redundant borders on the side. In addition, the font size is big and the thumbnail pictures of your friends are clear.
Any incoming chat will be moved to the top of the window to make it easy to access. If the app is not active, you will also receive a notification at your status bar.
During chat, the conversations are nicely arrange and are color-coded for easy recognition.
It also supports a good range of emoticons.
For MSN Live Messenger, you can even start a group chat. This is one feature not available in most IM apps.
The best feature I would say, is the ability to view and export your History log. As I traverse between different computers and mobile devices, I held conversations with different people at different times, on different terminals. In order to track the conversation, I have to sync my history logs so they appear on all the terminals that I am using. Most mobile IM app don’t have history log, let alone the ability to export them. With IM+, I can easily export the history log to my Dropbox account and access it from my desktop.
Set custom status
Some IM apps only come with “Online” and “Away” status, but IM+ comes with “Online”, “Away”, “I am here”, “Invisible”, “Offline”. Best still, you can create your custom status.
Create custom message template
I don’t use this often, but IM+ allows you to create custom message template that you can use at any time (for example, “I am busy now. Talk to you later”).
Without a doubt, IM+ is the best Android IM app that I have ever tried. If you have not tried it, I urge you to download it now.
IM+ is available in the Android market in both the Free and Pro version. Both versions are essentially the same except that the free version is ad-supported.
We are glad to have Shape Services (the developer of IM+) to sponsor 5 license keys for the Pro version. Here is what you need to do to win the prize.
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