Available On: Android, iOS
Price: Free, Paid – $4.99, $9.99 on iOS
If you have more than one instant messenger IM+ may just help you out, a lot. IM+ takes all your messengers and connects them into one social platform so that way instead of opening up Google Talk, Facebook Messenger and Yahoo on your smartphone all you have to do is open up IM+ and your instantly connected to all those social platforms on one application. The app works on both Android and iOS, I have heard that the iOS one is more glitchy but since I don’t own a iOS device currently I can not confirm that. Just a warning since its a bit more pricey than the Android version. There really is almost no difference between the two besides an Angry Birds theme according to the description on iTunes. Obviously if you don’t own a android device, the $9.99 would be worth it, but in the case that you do I would suggest getting it on the android to save yourself a couple of dollars. If you prefer it on iOS though, by all means go for it, that high of a price makes me feel like its a waste of money compared to some of the developers other apps.
IM+ supports all of the major and popular IM services such as Facebook, Skype, Yahoo, Gtalk, AIM, Windows live messenger and more. This makes it easy for all of your contacts in different services to be put in a all-in-one service. This is very useful especially for business use. As for personal use, I can definitely say it helps my organization OCD level go way down. No more contacts floating all over the web now!
A cool feature in IM+ is that it also allows you have group chats which most all-in-one services don’t. Being able to group together on the go and be able to talk to all your friends or your co-workers is extremely useful especially if you have somewhere to be right away. This isn’t just for your smartphone though. Group chat is optimized for both smartphones and tablet computers. Pretty amazing, huh?
The only thing this app really doesn’t do that frankly, can be quite frustrating if your in the car and have a meeting through a Hangout or Skype is that IM+ does not support video chat whatsoever. For most this would be a huge turnoff because that’s really what would make this app worth the amount of money it asks for because honestly this app’s target audience really feels like its for people in business or website owners who have employee’s all over the country. It was a terrible idea to not put this in the app. They have every other feature under the sun except no video chat. It doesn’t make sense because as of late, this has been such a key feature in Instant Messengers.
Another cool thing I found in IM+ is that it will allow you to customize sounds and notifications inside the application instead of having to set everything up in your device’s settings. It’s a handy feature to have, especially if you mix up your bosses ringtone with your wife’s ringtone. Now that would be a scary thought to think of.
I should also mention that IM+ also saves your chat history for you if you’d like to look through it at a later point. Most services do this, but I figured it was really worth mentioning because of how many social platforms and services it connects together. I’m not entirely sure how secure this feature is because of how much chat history it saves, but it can be useful if your talking to quite a few people at once and miss something that you were supposed to remember. It’s really just the standard chat history feature you would see in Google Talk or the Facebook messenger. But again, I am not very sure how secure it is because of how many social platforms it tries to save in the app. Just something to be weary of when downloading the app.
Here’s a full list of all the major Instant Messengers IM+ supports: Facebook, Skype, MSN/Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, RenRen, Jabber, mig33, SINA Weibo, Fetion, Mamba.Ru, VKontakte, Yandex IM, Odnoklassniki.Ru and Mail.Ru Agent. There’s more than just that, but these are the major ones.
Overall the app is great, I think it really, really needs video chat though. Video conferences and meetings have become such a huge thing into today’s world and to not support it is a huge mistake. There’s so many chances to make money off of Video Chat too, people are always looking for a video service that does it best and has the highest of quality. If IM+ did it right, I’m sure they would get a huge boost in customers in what seems to be their target audience. I mean, even having it for personal use to talk to your brother or daughter from America to Germany would increase the people using the app. People use this type of stuff all the time, why not expand upon it?
The UI is great, it’s not cluttered or scattered all over the place. It’s clean cut and easy to work with. The contacts list is even really clean, which was surprising because usually that is the absolute worse part of all of these all-in-one platforms.
I really would suggest getting this app, obviously the $10 on iOS feels a little pricey, but if you have a lot of contacts, work in the business industry I can’t even begin to imagine how much of help this would be to you. Also, if you don’t like the app, on Android I know before a 15 minute timer is up you can get a refund after uninstalling it from your device.
It’s worth giving it a try and checking it out. SHAPE, the developer, did a great job with IM+. I am holding on to hope that there will be video chat soon, though.