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imo is a multi-protocol IM app available for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, that supports protocols like AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, and Google Talk. As well, it's also had support for Skype instant messaging, and has been until recently one of the few free solutions for native Skype chatting on the iPad until the recent release of Skype for iPad. Even with the release of that app, some users, such as myself, may remain with imo due to the convenience of multiple account sign-in and its push notification support for all the accounts.
However, one of the problems with the Skype support in imo has been that it's been limited to one-to-one instant message support; one of the strengths of the Skype service is that it is great for organizing large groups of people together easily for group chatting. imo has announced that their iPad app has been updated to support group chatting with Skype accounts, so now imo's app has become more feature-compatible with the official Skype offerings. No registration is required to use the app, as it supports direct login with various IM protocols. As well, it supports account linking, so logging in with one account will log in to other accounts simultaneously.
Group chat support is not the end of the list of improvements to the iPad app. Image and video support has been added; files are uploaded to imo's servers and are sent as links to other users, and other imo users will be able to see them natively in the app itself. The ability to load chat history with other users in the conversation itself is now available. Two new services are also available: Hyves and VKontakte. The update for imo is available now, and the app is free as always. There's no word on if any of these features will make their way to the iPhone/iPod touch yet, though.
Released today is an app that combines modern technology with some pretty dated 1980s and 1990s technology. The humble pager was crucial back in the day when important people needed contacting at a time when the mobile phone wasn't in mainstream use. These days they're only really used by doctors and other medical professionals, and for a very important reason. Pagers ensure that important information such as a heads up to report in quickly can be done without being blocked by SMS messages, phone calls or internet usage. OnPage, a new app for iOS devices aims to create that kind of effect without the need for a separate device.
It's an app that, much like the pager before it, prioritizes emergency messages sent through the OnPage system, even gviing it an unique sound regardless of the current audio settings for the device (such as if it's muted). OnPage ensures that its users can offer people a way of contacting them on their phone without actually having to give out their personal phone number, providing a great privacy feature for many.
Unlike paging devices, it's also possible to view exactly when any page has been sent, delivered and read which is always extremely convenient for those needing to confirm such important things. Replies can also be sent. Finally, OnPage promises to be faster than the average Pager network.
Other smaller benefits also exist such as the ability to perform group broadcasting and the ever useful global coverage. It's simple enough to set up an OnPage account and could well be a great help for those who need to be in constant contact with others while maintaining their privacy.
OnPage is a free app with a 30 day trial ensuring users have plenty of time to work out if this is the tool for them.
The app store is full of instant messaging apps but what exactly is the best one? A strong contender for that title goes to imo instant messenger, an app that might be lacking capital letters but certainly isn't lacking in uses.
imo allows users to connect with friends via Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber and Myspace all without any need to create a new account with imo, something that many similar apps require.
Features are plentiful with the ability to send voice instant messages instead of just typing and push notifications keep users informed of new messages even when the app is running in the background. There's a searchable chat history too which is always useful for consulting past conversations. Tabbed chat windows also mean that it's easy to switch between conversations whenever needed. Users can even run imo concurrently alongside being logged in on their desktops/laptops if they so wish.
It's pretty impressive stuff. Even more so when you consider the price. It's completely free.
imo instant messenger is available now for all iOS devices.