With a revamped look, imo messenger looks to be the default messaging and voice app on your mobile phone. The image retooling and other improvements keep imo messenger in the top tier of social apps for Android and iOS devices.
While Android owners have a solid Google Talk client, keeping up with multiple accounts can be a pain. The same situation exists on the iPhone; not to mention those who use both platforms.
If you have achieved any level of geekdom, you may have an account from Google Talk, Facebook, Yahoo Messenger, or a myriad of other services (somewhere in my Gmail archive is the credentials for an ICQ account). Jumping between five different apps to continue multiple conversations is a pain.
So far imo messenger is the best cross-platform messaging app I have used. It works very well with iOS 6, the iPhone 5 screen size, and Android 4.2. To begin either create an imo.im account or sign in to an existing service. Connect as many as you wish – imo instant messener will remember your credentials.
You can then message and get push notifications from anyone who contacts you over any of the linked services. Having Skype is also rather useful given the increased emphasis Microsoft is putting into growing the service.
There is a convenient screen to select particular services if you want to log out of any of them.
Some users were not happy with the loss of the ability to group Google Talk contacts together. Not being a prolific IM user, it was not a major concern for me, but it makes sense that some would want this functionality.
Currently a beta version is available in Google Play, which includes “improved search” and bug fixes.
Imo messenger extends to the desktop as well, with a web app that has the same functionality of multiple-account chat. Just like on mobile, it beats having several tabs or relying on multiple chat clients.
The imo messenger app is one of many solid alternatives for staying connected through messaging services. It is another step in the direction of smartphones being able to abandon SMS altogether.
- Cross-platform messaging
- Clean interface
Off the Mark:
- Can’t group Google Talk contacts