Telegram, Minuum and Shush! – a few apps you have to try out

Thursday 27th, February 2014 / 12:00 Written by
Telegram, Minuum and Shush! – a few apps you have to try out

Telegram for Secure Messaging


If you haven’t yet heard about Telegram, the alternate Instant Messaging client, you have to try it out. Telegram shot to glory when WhatsApp’s service went down last weekend after Facebook bought them. This outtage led the Telegram clocking up 5 million new users in a single day.

I don’t know what it is about Telegram, which caused this surge of users, considering there are quite a few Instant Messaging apps like Line, WeChat and more.

Most standard features of Telegram match that of WhatsApp. The additional feature on Telegram is the ability to start a secret chat with your friends, where the messages are encrypted from end to end, which means even servers through which the message passes can’t read it. There’s also an option to self-destruct messages after a set time period. This includes photos, or other attachments which are sent across.

If you are looking for a WhatsApp replacement, which is secure, try out Telegram. The official client is available for IOS and Android, with quite a few unofficial clients for Windows Phone, and desktops as well.

Android App Download

Developer: Telegram FZ-LLC
Price: Free

IOS App Download

For unofficial Telegram clients for other platforms, check this link.

Shush! , Don’t forget to turn your ringer back on.

How many times have you turned the ringer off on your android phone and hours later realized that you missed out on a ton of calls and messages because you forgot to turn it back on?

Shush! to the rescue! Download this tiny app called Shush from Google Play, and launch it the first time. Once you do this, Shush! is now active. Every time you from now, when ever you turn your ringer off, Shush! will pop up a window like this:


You can tell it when to turn your ringer back on by just sliding your finger over the clock circle, in increments of 15 minutes. After that time elapses, Shush! automatically turns on the ringer on your phone.

Shush! Ringer Restorer
Shush! Ringer Restorer

Minuum – the tiny keyboard for Android

Do you need a keyboard which takes up the least amount of space on screen? The regular keyboards take up most of the screen, especially when you use the phone in the landscape mode. Minuum keyboard is a solution if you want to get over this problem. This keyboard replacement takes up less than half the space of the normal keyboard. They achieve this by jamming all the keys into a single line.

Minuum Keyboard

If you think, like I did, that this is going to be difficult to type, you’ll find that the auto correct capability of this keyboard really shines, so you can type at about the same speed as you’d do with a regular keyboard (after a little practise). They also have the option to switch to a regular keyboard layout, which is useful for those hard to type names, email addresses and password, all you need to to is to press the keyboard with two fingers and it switches between the full and tiny layouts. You can also quickly switch between alphabets and numbers in the tiny layout quickly by flicking your finger down on the keyboard.

Minuum Keyboard + Smart Emoji
Minuum Keyboard + Smart Emoji

About the author

Vinu is a Technical Architect working on Web technologies and a mobile enthusiast, who likes trying out new gadgets and apps. You can follow him on Twitter @vinuthomas

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