The Giant List of Text Messaging Replacement Apps – OTT Messaging

Depending on where you are and who your mobile service provider is, text messaging is either so cheap that you don’t worry about it or so expensive that you barely use it. Texting is still one of the most popular methods of communication though , which means someone somewhere is always on it. Of course, sending texts across continents and countries is still expensive.

There are ways around that though, if you’re willing to use your data connection of course. The benefits? Lower cost (especially if it’s an international message) and added features like pictures, videos and more. Of course, that requires an Internet service, and a mobile device that has the app available on it. Oh, and you need to have other people that use that app.

So here’s a list of quite a few of the so called OTT (over the top) text messaging replacement services, with the pros and cons of each.It isn’t a review of the app or service though, and it isn’t a complete list by any stretch. Let us know what we missed and we’ll get around to adding them to this list.

Whatsapp

Whatsapp is one of the oldest ones out there, and as such it’s got a wide base that it works on.

Pros – multi platform (available on everything except Bada. Oh, and Symbian UIQ). Yes, it supports S40 too (and they aren’t smartphones). Media transfer (photos, videos, contact info, Location Data). Group Messaging (upto 20 users per group). Simple setup and use (linked to your phone number, no other login needed).

Cons – Photos are down scaled. Videos have to be under 12MB. There is no confirmation of Message Read status (One green tick-mark is for sent, two is for delivered). Group messaging needs more features/controls (Quiet time for the really talkative groups, Better management of users in that group).

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Kik

Kik was the app whose service supposedly pulled blocked by RIM and then got back onto the Blackberry Platform. It’s simple to use, it’s fast, it’s almost like BBM. And now it’s available on most major smartphone platforms.

Pros – Fast. Really Fast. Login with user created account, so the same account can be used simultaneously on multiple devices. Sent, Delivered and Read status (for those who want to track that). Available on iOS, Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Has plugins (like sketchee) for more functionality.

Cons – User Created account (now that’s another thing you have to remember). Group Messaging controls. The Symbian app is quite limited at the moment, and there is no S40 app.

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Ebuddy XMS

Ebuddy has been around for a while as a web and mobile based IM client. XMS is their take on the OTT messaging service.

Pros – Multi Platform (Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS, Android, Blackberry & J2ME). Group Messaging. Media Sharing. Facebook Login to setup the account and pull in contacts. Web version available.

Cons – Broadcast option is missing.

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PingMe

 PingMe is another messaging service that seems to focus more on interaction (Media Content) and on meeting new people.

Pros – Neat interface that brings Media content up front and centre. Group Messaging. Registration with just your phone number.

Cons – iOS and Android only (they dropped Blackberry and Windows Phone support a little while ago).

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Hookt

Hookt has been around for a couple of years now, has a few common features present in the other platforms (Group Chat, Stickers, Emojis), but it has two “features” that kind of set it apart. A) It syncs across platforms (send a message on one device, platform, it’ll be there on all the others that have your account). B) Desktop and Mobile Web Support (handy for platforms that aren’t supported)

Pros – Unique ID. Syncs across Platforms (Supports iOS, Android and Blackberry (Not BB10), desktop and mobile web.

Cons – No Windows Phone Support.

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ChatON

ChatON is Samsung’s own cross platform messaging service, that has a lot of the features that other services have, including cross platform sync. It also has the ability to create an animated message or picture. It seems to have a little bit more detailed profile management, kind of like a Social Network (no it isn’t one)

Pros – Unique ID. Syncs across Platforms (Supports iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Certain Samsung Non-Smartphones, and desktop. Animated Messages.

Cons – No ability to actually manage notification tones (I could not find a way to turn off the tone!). Clunky interface (there are a lot of features, you just have to find them).

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Wechat

WeChat is one of the newer entrants. It’s developed by Tencent. The service has grown massively of late, mostly in China and South East Asia.. It has apps on most platforms (No BB10 yet) and a couple of things that it has over the others are Video Chat and what it calls “Drift Bottle” – you literally throw your message out there and wait for someone to pick it up. It’s also one of the fastest growing services, in Asia at least.

Pros – Sign in using phone number of Facebook Connect. Find Friends from FB. Symbian, Android, Blackberry (no BB10 yet), iOS, Windows Phone and Web clients.

Cons – No timestamps, delivery notifications & read reports.

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Line

Line is a service by Japanese company Naver and it’s got everything but the kitchen sink! It’s available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry (No BB10 yet), for the Mac, Windows and Windows 8. Apart from the usual messaging, it has other services available (some as in-app purchases), like audio calling, video and audio messages, social gaming, stickers and more. In Japan, it has more active users than facebook!

Pros – Sign in using phone number or email. Android, Blackberry (no BB10 yet), iOS, Windows Phone, Mac, Windows/Windows 8 clients, Sync’chats across clients. Free calling, Audio and Video messages, Stickers, games

Cons – Only one smartphone can be used for a registered user (you can use it on one device and on a Mac/Windows computer).

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Kakaotalk

Kakotalk is like a Korean version of Line, and it’s been around for a long time now. Just like Line, in Korea, it has more active users than Facebook. It has clients for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry (No BB10 Yet) and Bada. It also has other add on services like Kakaopoll, Kakaolink, etc, adding even more modes of interaction. It does not have a desktop client however.

Pros – Sign in using email. Android, Blackberry (no BB10 yet), iOS, Windows Phone, Bada clients. Free calling, Audio and Video messages, Stickers. Pin lock for chats.

Cons – No Desktop Client. Only one mobile number per account.

TU Me

TU Me is an example of a service created by an operator (Telefonica) to catch up with the rest of the OTT service (which operators supposedly hate because of the loss of revenue from text messaging). And on first glance, they’ve done a good job of it. It looks good, has quite a few features and most importantly, you do not have to be a Telefonica customer to use it. It’s iOS and Android only for now, but hopefully it’ll soon get on other platforms. They let you store your chats for a year, after which you have to pay to keep your chat history.

Pros – Sign in using phone number. Audio Calls, Voice and Video messages.

Cons – Android and iOS only. Pay for storage and usage after a limtied period.

Viber

Viber isn’t specifically a messaging service; it started off as a VOIP service which you use to call other Viber users over WiFi or your devices’ data network (kinda like skype). It has had messaging for a while now though, and it doesn’t have much (Group chat for instance), but it does work well with what it’s got. It has clients for iOS, Android, Bada, Windows Phone, Blackberry (no BB10), Symbian and even s40 (like whatsapp).

Pros – Sign in with phone number. Free calling to viber users, messaging & stickers.  iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Bada, Symbian and s40 clients.

Cons – No Group Messaging

Moped

Moped is a startup from Berlin thats aims to rethink instant messaging from the ground up. Moped lets you send IM’s over phone as well as your computer. Available on both Android and iOS platforms, Moped allows you to share messages and pictures privately or in a group in a very twitter-y fashion. You’ll need a twitter account to sign up and and can incorporate #tags, and @’s in your messages. Users can receive messages on their mobile devices, desktops or by e-mail. Moped also comes built in with a very instagram type  functionality –  a series of photo filters for for enhancing photo sharing. With dropbox integration and a chrome extension, Moped is trying very hard to cover all bases between mobile and the desktop.

Pros – Access IM’s over mobile, desktop & email, hashtag and @(mention) integration, Chrome extension to share content with Moped contacts.

Cons – only twitter login, no WP client

Jongla

Jongla is different from the others for one main reason: the target audience. It’s targeted at kids. Well, 15-20 year olds. It’s got most of the “fun” features from the other apps; stickers, etc.

Pros – Stickers, Web Login.

Cons – iOS, Android and Web only. Beyond stickers, there’s no other “fun” content sharing options.

Hike

Hike is another example of a service created by an Operator (India’s Bharti Telecom and Japan’s Softbank telecom provider) to try and catch up with the rest of the crowd. A standard IM client with one extra feature, 100 Free SMS/user/month for those times when you have flaky internet connectivity.

Pros – All platform IM client(BB coming soon), 100 free SMS/month and other rewards and incentives for stuff like connecting with you Facebook and twitter accounts

Cons – very low user base

Relay

Relay is all about the GIFs. It lets you share animated content from your own gallery, or you can search the web and send animated content to your buddies. Unfortunately, it’s an iOS only app.

Pros – GIFs! Animated!

Cons – iOS only.

GroupMe

GroupMe has been around for a while now. It started off as a messaging app with the focus being on creating groups and staying in touch with them (set up a group when you’re out at an event or conference, with people you have as contacts and others). It recently got updated with some really neat features, including what they call “Split”. You can track the expenses in each group, or add expenses and have others chip in. It also lets you message people who do not have the app, say, someone without a smartphone. It just sends them a standard text message that they can reply to. GroupMe is meant to be a bit more serious, at least when you compare it to some of the other clients out there. It is owned by Skype after all. Which in turn, is owned by Microsoft.

Pros – Sign in online. Manage and edit groups from any device or from the web. iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry (no bb10) and Web clients. Texts sent to phones that do not have the client. Split – expense tracking and management per group.

Cons – Focus on Group messaging (can’t really be counted as a con though).

Yoke

Yoke is similar to most other messaging apps, with stickers, scribbles (drawings), etc. It also allows you to edit your message if it hasn’t been read yet, and you can edit it upto 5 minutes after it has been read.

Pros – Sign in with phone number. Edit your chat. Avatars, Scribbles.

Cons – iOS and Android only.

Cubie

Cubie is a new entrant to the social messaging field. It tries to focus on the “fun” aspects of messaging, with a lot of features seen in Line, such as stickers, animations, etc. It does have a few unique features though, enabling you to create your own content, of sorts. You can sketch, edit photos, etc.

Pros – Sign in with phone number. Stickers, Create your own sketches, animations, customize the look of your chat.

Cons – iOS and Android only. Account can be used only on one device. Tied to one phone number, you’ll need to create a new account for a new phone number.

Image credit: rido / 123RF Stock Photo

Situations App now gets a new Company and Symbian Belle Support

In the hey days of my Symbian usage, I used to use an app called Situations, which used to automate my phone’s profile based on various “Situations”, be it time based, location based or calendar based triggers. At that point of time used to be available on Nokia Beta Labs, and then dropped off the radar till this week. We received an email from the folks at Pastilli Labs, that they’re released a new version of the app on Nokia Store. Before we get to that, here’s some interesting facts.

According to their email two of the core members who had developed the original Nokia Situations app, have founded a new company, Pastilli Labs avoin yhtiö. Pastilli Labs as part of a spin-off negotiation with Nokia have released the  latest version of their app under the new company now.

Here are the new improvements to the Situations app:

  • UI is totally new and intuitive for easy definition of your situations
  • Location can be set using maps based UI
  • Time condition allows now multiple schedules with selection of weekdays
  • Improved calendar condition includes filters based on keyword, only alarmed events or only recurring events
  • Bluetooth and WiFi conditions are redesigned to be more reliable
  • Profile can be used in multiple situations and the use of Power Save mode and SMS reply are improved and more reliable

Pastilli Labs have also put up a page explaning how the new app works, and how to set up the various situations. You can check it out here. If you’re looking for the download link to the app, you can download Situation on Nokia Store.

You an follow Pastelli Labs on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on this app.

Download Link

Situation on Nokia Store

Nokia announces Microsoft Office Apps for Symbian Belle

If you were frustrated by third-party office application on your Symbian Belle phones, here’s some good news for you. Nokia has just announced that users on their Belle platform can now user Microsoft Office Mobile apps on their phones now. This came out of the blue since most of us expected Microsoft’s Office apps to be available exclusively on Nokia’s Lumia phone series powered by Windows Phone. It’s a good thing to see that Nokia-Microsoft partnership doesn’t stop there, and is inclusive of Nokia’s ‘other’ platform as well.


How you can get this is by heading to the Software Update Client on your phone and downloading the Microsoft Apps from there directly on to your phone. If you can’t see an update using this method, try connecting your phone using Nokia Suite on your PC and getting an update for your phone.  Once you get the Microsoft Apps update installed on your Symbian phone, you’ll get access to the following:

  • Microsoft Exchange Active Sync – To sync contacts, calendars and email from your company’s Exchange Servers directly to your phone.
  • Microsoft Document Connect – To get access and work on  your Word, PowerPoint and Excel files and access your company’s SharePoint sites.
  • Microsoft One Note – allows you to  create notes on your phone and sync them to Skydrive allowing you to access them from the PC as well.
  • Microsoft Lync – lets you join IM chats and audio meetings to take your office conversations on the move.

Pretty much all you need to work on the go. Microsoft Office Mobile apps is currently supported on the following Symbian Devices – Nokia 700, 701, E7, C7, X7, 603, C6-01 and Nokia Oro. Support for the Nokia N8, E6 and 500 will be announced in the coming weeks. Nokia PureView 808 will come with these apps pre-loaded.

You can get more information on how to set up Microsoft Office Mobile apps for your phone from Nokia’s Belle Setup guide and more information on other Microsoft Productivity apps for Nokia phones from the Nokia for Business site.

via Nokia Conversations

Trip Advisor’s Holidaying Mobile App

By using a Smartphone one can be smart enough to find information and take action. Trip Advisor offers not only an informative website for your travel related issues but also an application that can be loaded in your mobile. It makes your life easy, simple and smart. By using Trip Advisor, you can find and learn about new places and comfortable hotels and restaurants all around the world. In fact, you can have first-hand information about your itineraries by participating in discussions, finding photos and videos of the place that you are interested.

 

As you are provided with a wealth of information from all corners, your holidaying will be smooth and trouble-free. You will get up-to-date information about various locations, climatic conditions and will get updates and suggestions on best places and best times to visit. User friendly dashboard will help you go through various sections. You can explore many travel related information from these sections. Global search tool is a shortcut to start a search based on a destination. As soon as you type in the destination, you will be offered with recommendations like best hotels to stay, best attractions in the location and the best way to reach the destination. You can better plan your vacation as you are informed about actual conditions prevailing in the area. This is very important and useful because you can plan your clothing and type of vehicles to use to move from one location to another location.

Each location on the earth offers a unique feature in terms of business, historic value, scenic beauty, valleys, mountains, hills, springs, beach front, exclusive habitat, etc. The application helps you find and reach your favorite destination, plan food, meet new people and enjoy local attractions. These kinds of luxuries are not present to the earlier generations. One single application will help you perform many operations. You can check the available hotel, contact a hotel of your choice (through phone or email or social media networking sites), book your favorite suit and dining table, fix appointments, etc. Another attractive feature that makes very interesting with Trip advisor application is its ability to let you save your searches.

It is quite common that you may be interrupted through a phone call or by meeting a person physically where you want to respond them when you are in the middle of a search for a vacation. In such cases with a single click you will be able to save all the steps that you had covered and can come back later leisurely to the search when you are free. Your search effort is not lost and you can save almost any kind of search like a location, hotel, favorite food or sporting event, etc. You can go through extensive reviews available on the website to get complete information about the place that you are going to visit.

Trip Advisor is a useful application for frequent travelers not only to get information but also to confirm their destinations by being able to book flight tickets. You can set your priorities in ‘things to do’, participate in forums and find attractions near your location. Ability to make street level view of your destination is another important feature that is helpful for visitors. Trip advisor is a reliable application and it is highly recommended for travel related requirements.

Trip Advisor is available for Symbian, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and has a Mobile Web page for other handsets. So download the app and check it out.

Tired of Getting Taken for a Ride by the Auto & Taxi Drivers? Try Suruk!

Autorikshaws, especially those here in Bangalore, are a pain to take for a daily commute. Worse so, if you are from out of town and don’t know your way around the place. Tampered meters, longer routes, and constant haggling for the rates are some of the pain points of a commute in this form of transport.

Luckily, there are quite a few apps on various platforms to find the right fare for your travel. I had the chance to try out an app from Ideophone called Suruk which claimed to help ease out this process.  This app is not limited to just Autorikshaws, but works with with Taxis as well.

Let’s jump to the functionality Suruk provides and see if it helps with the problems we face.

  1. If you have a GPS phone, the app can track the exact fare which you should be paying out to the driver for the travel you’ve done. This helps you find if the guy’s tampered with his meter to extract more from you.
  2. If you’re haggling about the price you should be paying for your ride, you can fire up the Suruk, start the Route Finder. You just have to enter your starting point and destination, and the app gives you an approximate fare for the trip.
  3. The Route Finder does allow you find the shortest route as well and opens up the Map to show you the route. You can use this to see if the driver is trying to gyp you by taking the long scenic route.
  4. You can also check the crowd-sourced data about the Auto or Taxi driver’s conduct based on other’s experience. You can get this by getting to the Driver Conduct screen and entering in the vehicle number to see if there’s data in their system about prior conduct of the driver. You can send in your feedback as well once you’re done with your travel. The Ideophone folks told us they have 2500+ vehicles (autos & taxis) in their current database worldwide, and growing.
  5. The App covers most major cities in India, and in case yours isn’t, you can head out the app’s settings and enter the minimum fare, and the fares per kilometer and customize the app for your location, even if you’re not in India. This app’s already been downloaded in around 140+ countries. Ideophone has a blog post where you can see from which countries Suruk has been downloaded.

From the functionality list, Suruk does manage to have a solution to help you sort out the major gripes with travelling by Autos around the town. You should take a peek at the app and take it for a test drive on your next Autorikshaw ride around the town. For more information about Suruk, check out Ideophone’s site.

This app is available for Android devices and Nokia’s Symbian devices as well. The Symbian version is compatible with all Symbian devices (Symbian S60v3/5, Symbian ^3 and S40).  You can also download this app on any mobile which supports JavaME. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can check out Ideophone’s AutoFare SMS service to get the approximate fare details as well.

Download Links:

Suruk on the Android Market
Suruk on Nokia Ovi Store
Suruk on GetJar for JavaMe compatible phones

Symbian User? Get a taste of Window Phone

Nokia might have moved onto Windows Phone as their main OS of choice, but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about their faithful Symbian users. They will continue to support Symbian for a few more years, and still have Symbian handsets planned for release. There are OS updates too (well, Symbian Anna devices need to get updated to Belle).

 

They would like to have you over at the Windows Phone side though. Both the phones unveiled at Nokia World, the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800 have 3.7″ displays and 1.4GHz processors. The Metro UI of Windows Phone is slick and easy to use.

To that end, Nokia have launched the Lumia 800 app for Symbian Devices. Download it on your Symbian Device and test drive the Lumia 800. Download it from the Nokia Store, here.

 

Edit: It’s available for a few Symbian Devices only. Thanks, @hussainweb for pointing that out.

 

 

Via: MyNokiaBlog

Shootout: Molome vs Streamzoo vs Picplz

If you are one of the guys who think photo sharing apps do nothing more than uploading photos to Facebook in their own interfaces and they are not even improving your experience with your phone at all, do read this article, because this is written by a guy who thought exactly the same way. And if you are not one of them, read and see how a man’s opinion changed.

We have Molome with its loveable icon, PicPlz and Streamzoo in our hands here.

Molome and PicPlz have their own networks besides Twitter and Facebook. This is cool, because if you don’t want those apps to be connected with your profiles, you have an option to do that. You sign up to their networks and you don’t have to link this app to your accounts. When signing up to Molome, I was asked to activate my account whereas I wasn’t asked when signing up to PicPlz network. Streamzoo doesn’t have its own network like the other two apps. Well, actually, it has it a little different one. But you don’t sign up to it. You link the app with Twitter or Facebook and then you go settings, Edit Profile. Pick a username and enter your e-mail. Then, you have access to its network.

Of course, you can link PicPlz or Molome to your Facebook and Twitter accounts too. To do this for Molome, go to Profiles and you will see Social Network section where you can log in to Twitter and Facebook. In PicPlz, go to Settings. Here, you have two choices to get to the same screen; either by tapping Account Settings and then Connections tab or just tapping Other Services. Here, picplz has taken this one (or maybe five) steps further by supporting flickr, tumblr, posterous, foursquare and Dropbox in addition to Facebook and Twitter. Although I personally do not have accounts on many of them, I still can see that this is important for ‘sharing crazies’.

In terms of settings, PicPlz takes another step by giving us more options than the others. You can set the app to launch when you press the camera button for example. You can share your location too, this is disabled by default and you have to enable it from the Settings menu. Developer knew that most of people are not comfortable with sharing their locations and some users wouldn’t bother to check settings before uploading photos, so this is a good thing. With PicPlz, accessing to your account settings takes time. It seems it connects to a website or something to apply your changes in your accounts. It might have been better if we could see and set our options faster.

In Streamzoo and Molome, you don’t have a detailed settings page. Streamzoo actually has chosen ‘simplicity’ as its motto. Besides editing your linked accounts and your actual Streamzoo account, only option you have is to enable and disable notifications. Molome isn’t very different, you can only set shutter sound on/off and set auto refresh and background notifications on/off and set their intervals.

In Molome and Streamzoo, there is a mechanism to encourage you to upload and share videos whereas picplz doesn’t have that. Molome gives you badges and Streamzoo gives you points for accomplishing things, well uploading photos. Actually, Molome did take this a step further but we will get there later.

Three of these apps have a method to keep you busy with them. Even if you do not have any friends in their networks, you can take a look at “Popular” photos in Molome and Streamzoo and you can look at “Interesting” photos in PicPlz. These photos are not private photos of course. You see more artistic works in these streams and you can like, comment these photos and add to your collection, this is pretty much what a person expects from a photo sharing network, right?

Look and feel things depend on the people’s delights mostly. The same picture looks different to the people. One loves it, the other hates it and one guy doesn’t even bother to turn and look at it. So this is all a personal opinion I am going to share with you. In my humble opinion, Molome has a more eye-candy looking than the other two. And I couldn’t see enough difference between others to rate them second and third. But you might find them both better than Molomo in terms of design of course. I already expressed my opinion on how cute and loveable Molomo icon is :)

Before taking a look into effects to be applied to photos where you wish, let’s talk about upload and share mechanisms. In Molome, you can take a picture or choose from gallery. After taking or choosing the picture, it lets you zoom in and out and after you are satisfied with the size, you are taken to the effects page and after that, you give a name to the image and upload. You can cancel uploading by tapping yellow UPLOADING text on the screen which appears after you start uploading. This will take you to another page and you will see a red cross on your photo being uploaded. Your effect-applied photos are saved to your phone even if you don’t upload them. To be able to do this, just tap next after applying effects. It will take you to upload screen, but you do not have to upload.

In Streamzoo, besides taking or choosing image to be uploaded, you can shoot videos or choose a video to be uploaded. After you choose or take your photo, it takes you to effects screen. After that, you are taken to the uploading page. You name your photo and start uploading here. Unfortunately, I don’t seem like to find a way to cancel my uploading process. One bad thing I noticed is that it doesn’t save your effect-applied image to your phone if you don’t upload it. About videos, you can’t apply effects to them. But this was what we expected, right?

In PicPlz, after you choose or take your picture, you are taken to the effects page as expected. And of course, after you tap Next, you are taken to uploading screen and you name your image and start uploading. I don’t know if there is something I am missing, but I couldn’t find a way to cancel my uploading process too. And again, you can’t save your effect-applied image to your phone if you don’t upload it. After your image is uploaded successfully, you get an e-mail from picplz which includes the link to your photo. Using this link, you can share your photo with your friends. Here is one of photos of my PC case.

None of these apps have picture effects to apply on the actual photo taking time as you could understand. Instead, you are taken to an ‘effects page’ after you choose or take your image. Molome and picplz are pretty much the same in this aspect. This is where Streamzoo says “You won’t regret if you choose me too.” Besides applying the effects which are also offered by Molome and picplz, you can add cool borders and you can add ‘tilt shift’ effect. Tilt shift effect can be applied one part of your photo and you can apply it to the whole photo if you wish. I told you that Molome had a different method to encourage you to share photos and didn’t tell you what this is. Well, you cannot choose three effects if you do not have 10, 20 and 30 uploaded images.

To come to a conclusion, you should choose which one best suits you. Every one of them has strong and weak aspects. Actually, the only common thing among them is that they are free. So you can try them out on your own and maybe keep them all in your phone. It feels good to be aware that you can try them all doesn’t it?

Didn’t they seem like they offer the things you look for in a photo sharing application? Of course, there are other photo sharing applications in the market. You can try them out too. Or, if you don’t feel like doing it or you don’t have time, you just let us know that you want the app to be compared with these three. I promise that we will do our best to compare and help you choose the one which will satisfy your needs.

While all these apps were reviewed on Android, they are available on multiple platforms, so you should have similar experiences on all platforms.  Molome is available on Symbian, Android and Blackberry. Download from the Ovi Store here, the Android Market here and the Blackberry App World here. Streamzoo is available on iOS and Android. Download from the Apple App Store here and the Android Market here. Picplz is available on iOS and Android. Download from the Apple App Store here and the Android Market here.

Check out the Gallery below for all the photos taken using these three applications.

Nokia Play To – Wireless sharing to your Home Theatre system


Forget connecting your phone to your PC to transfer videos or photos. You can even throw away that HDMI cable, if your phone comes with HDMI out. If your Home Theatre system is DLNA compliant, you can now get your Nokia phone to send images and videos wirelessly to your TV using Nokia Play To.

Just out in Nokia Beta Labs, if you are an owner of a Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 or Nokia X7, you can try out the beta version of Play To on your device. To get it working, you’ll first have to ensure you have a DLNA compliant device and a WiFi connection in your home so that your phone can transfer data to your DLNA compliant appliance. Then head over to Nokia Beta Labs and download the Play To app.

Once you launch the app on your phone, it’ll detect any DLNA device which are connected to your home WiFi network. Once it’s detected, you can start sharing the media from your phone on those devices. As easy as that. Here’s a video from Nokia Beta Labs showing you how it’s done.

via Nokia Beta Labs

Drop the Pin with Nokia – Their new Ad Campaign

Have you seen the new ad from Nokia? The new campaign running asks you to “Drop the Pin, Start Connecting”. This one’s taking a straight shot at the Blackberry Messenger feature, allowing you to connect with other Blackberry users with a Pin number.  Nokia teamed with  Whatsapp, to bring a similar feature to Nokia phones minus the need exchange a PIN number.

With Whatsapp, you’re not limited to users on just one platform. Whatsapp Messenger allows you to connect to your friends who use iPhone, Android and  Blackberry as well along with Symbian phones. Whatsapp allows you to connect with your friends and  and exchange Text and multi-media messages and group chat.

If you have a data plan, you can save on monthly costs by switching and getting your friends as well on Whatsapp. We at My Portable World use this app extensively to communicate within our team since most of us are on different platforms and we need one common way to communicate without large SMS bills.

Here’s Nokia’s Drop the Pin Ad:

PowerCalculator – Turn your Nokia N8 into a Scientific Calculator

Are you looking to buy a scientific calculator for your math or technical course?  Why not convert your Nokia N8 or Symbian^3 phone into one?

Here’s a really cool app called PowerCalculator which is really a powerful one at that. Sure you can do your basic calculations using the in-built calculator on your phone, but PowerCalculator gives you much more. You can use this app to perform trigonometric, log, exponent, matrix calculations and base conversions.  You can also perform compound calculations by using the brackets to enclose your formula to be evaluated first.

[ad#ga-480-break]The app also provides graphing capabilities to view the graphs of functions. PowerCalculator also allows you to zoom into the graphs which are plotted on screen. There’s a help screen which explains the different computations you can perform using this application.

You can get this app from OVI store for just $2.99 USD or Rs. 75. Cheaper than buying a scientific calculator wouldn’t you say? This app should work on most Symbian^3 and Symbian 60 5th Edition phones.

Here’s the link to download from Ovi Store – store.ovi.com/content/87501

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