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App of the Week: Voxer

Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT

One of the apps I’ve found myself using a lot lately, is Voxer. Voxer is a chatting app for Android and iOS that let’s you seamlessly communicate with all your buddies–you know the drill. One of the big reasons to get a smartphone is to communicate all the time with everyone you know using any service you want. There’s simple text chatting apps. There’s messaging apps provided by social giants like Facebook and Google+. Then there’s Voxer.

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The reason I enjoy using Voxer is because it makes talking to my friends easier. I can literally just talk to my friends, using my voice, any time I want. The best way I can think to describe Voxer is a instant messaging-voicemail hybrid. If you and a friend start a chat, you just hold down the speak button, and begin talking. Using a data connection, Voxer will deliver your voice message right to your friend’s device, cuing a notification. Your friend can then respond in the same manner. I use this while I’m driving, I use this while I’m walking down the street, I use this at my desk, I literally use it everywhere–and I love it. There will always be a place for text messaging because it can be subtle, silent, and private, but Voxer really takes the cake when it comes to everyday messaging. You do have to have your friends on the service as well, which means they will need a smartphone, but the set up is simple and easy. Every friend I’ve asked to join has done so and loved it. But wait, there’s more.

Walkie-talkie apps became pretty popular on smartphones once people discovered how easy it was to communicate using them. The devs at Voxer understood this, and implemented their own “walkie-talkie” effect into the app, giving you the best of both worlds. If you and your friend are chatting via Voxer, and you both have the application open, messages will play automatically. This means you can have a conversation with extremely minimal amounts of time in between messaging, imitating a walkie-talkie or even a cell phone conversation. The best part is, you can switch between these at any time you please. If you are having a conversation and both of you are talking and sending messages like it’s a phone conversation, you can immediately close the app and start receiving messages like it is an IM service. On top of that, you can actually send text IM’s at any point in the conversation as well, making Voxer the complete package.

Voxer is an awesome app, and I can actually say I use it every day. I can easily communicate with my friends and family, and I definitely recommend checking it out. Voxer is a free app with a free service available for download in the Android Market, and don’t worry, there’s an app for your iOS buddies as well. Be sure to check it out, and stay tuned to TheDroidGuy for more apps and Android news.

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