Text Messaging Mobile Apps – The New Way to Communicate

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In the beginning, there were simple mobile phones. The primary aim of mobile phones was to enable people to call and talk to each other. The phones had very limited additional functionalities. People just used to talk to each other and that was it. In just a few years, how things have changed! Mobile phones have so much functionalities these days that were totally unimaginable 10 years back. Now, with smartphones, the game has changed further.

As smartphones became popular, came the advent of mobile apps which have taken the world by storm. There are mobile apps in various categories now ranging from text messaging apps, navigation, weather forecast apps, social media apps etc. You think of anything and you are likely to find an app for it already present.

Text messaging apps have recently become very popular because it allows people to send unlimited number of messages to each other completely free. Your friend may be in another country; they may be using any service provider and may have different kinds of mobile phones. You can still text them any time of the day or night with just a couple of clicks on your smartphone.

Many of these apps are either completely free or they are inexpensive. Some of the popular text messaging apps are Nimbuzz, WhatsApp, Skype Mobile etc. Nimbuz works on all platforms. You can use it whether you have an iPhone, Blackberry or any other smartphone which is able to run windows applications.

WhatsApp has recently become very popular and has taken over Nimbuzz in popularity. It is a smartphone messenger that allows you to communicate with your friends and contacts via your WiFi or 3G connection. WhatsApp works on Android, Symbian, iPhone and Blackberry phones. Now there is a new entry in the market. It is called Telegram, which is cloud based application and it syncs in easily across multiple devices. Telegram allows you to share and send many types of files like PDF, PPT, Doc Zip files etc.

With so many text messaging apps, nobody is using SMS’es to communicate with each other. Text messaging is the new way to stay in touch with each other. Smart business marketers can utilize this trend to their advantage. They now have one more medium to reach potential customers and increase their business. 9 out of 10 people own a mobile phone these days. A major percentage of these mobile phone owners possess smart phone. Business owners can now advertise to these smart phone owners using a reliable text-based service which will give them much higher ROI (Return on Investment) than other forms of advertising. It will cost much less money when compared to email marketing, SMS marketing or telemarketing campaigns.

 

FaceTime And WhatsApp – Communicate For Free With Your iPhone 4S

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The Apple iPhone 4S allows you to send and receive messages and carry out phone calls using a number of different formats. This is achieved via both the standard formats as well as those provided by apps downloaded from the AppStore. In this article I will look at some of the communication apps available, so you can take advantage of the benefits they bring.

FaceTime

The FaceTime app makes its first appearance on the iPhone 4S, working alongside the handset’s built in front facing camera. You can only use the app if the person you are speaking to has a device with FaceTime (iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2 etc) and a front facing camera. If they have, then you can carry out video calls over a Wi-Fi network, so you can not only hear them but also see them in real time. This app is especially useful if you are contacting someone oversees, as you can avoid the notoriously high call charges associated with calling foreign number on a telephone. Because it is free, this app comes highly recommended.

WhatsApp

This is an app which allows you to send and receive SMS and MMS messages for free. Most iPhone 4S tariffs have an allowance of free messages included, but if you go over this allowance, an app like WhatsApp can be very useful. Because the app uses a 3G or Wi-Fi connection, messages incur no charges (although data charges may apply when using 3G in certain situations. To be sure, use Wi-Fi whenever possible). This app costs £0.69 from the AppStore and I think this is very good value as you can use it to send an unlimited number of text messages and media messages. You can only send messages using this app if your intended recipient also has WhatsApp installed on their phone. WhatsApp is also available for other operating systems like Android, so can also be used on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S2, for example.

As you can see, there are more options for communication on the iPhone 4S than the standard phone and message features. If you use apps like those outlined above wisely, you can significantly reduce your monthly phone bill. These kinds of apps are great for those who have lower allowances on their tariff or who use a Pay As You Go plan. There are many more such apps on the AppStore which allow you to communicate for free using an iPhone 4S; be sure to check out my other articles for details on some of these.

 

Introduction to Android Phones

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Android phones, also referred to as Droid phones, are mobile phones, working on an Android operating system, developed by Google. Over the years, this operating system gained popularity among manufacturers and developers as they could easily customize it to suit their respective requirements. Customizing a phone enable the providers to offer a wide range of user interfaces while using the same OS. Most of these phones, even those offered by companies using an alternate operating system, tend to have the same features which go to include the management of personal data, browsing the net, video streaming, plus a number of free as well as paid applications and software.

Technical Specifications

Android phones make use of the Android operating system, middleware and key applications. The program, written in C language, is based on a Linux kernel. The applications that a phone using an Android OS offers are basically written in Java language.

Many consider Android phones as revolutionary due to the open source configuration. Any developer, whether an amateur or a professional, can write programs for this OS, adding to the ongoing Android development by tendering the same to the Play Store from Google, a closed source application available for the users of Android phones. Consumers are then free to make use of various applications by downloading the same on their personal phone by accessing the library containing these applications.

Multitasking

The users of Android phones may simultaneously run a number of applications, allowing them to perform different tasks at the same time, thus offering them more flexibility of operation, compared to the competing systems. However, the hardware used in the handset plays a significant role. Certain handsets have multi-core processors, making it more convenient for users to run many operations simultaneously.

Non-Proprietary Issues

Many similar devices making use of alternate operating systems have very firm proprietary rules. For example, if you wanted to write an application for iPhone, you are not allowed to make a program which is closely similar to an application already owned and offered by Apple. All applications need Apple’s approval before they get displayed at the Apple App Store. But the users of Android phones have no such restrictions. All applications in this case are developed, courtesy of Open Handset Alliance, an association that supports the development and subsequent use of openly sourced software.

Another distinctive feature of the Android system is the fact that it’s not attached to any manufacturer of hardware in particular. As a manufacturer, you are free to create your own edition of the Android operating system for your phone. It enables a number of companies to use this operating system as a base, and create different versions for their specific needs, thus helping the consumer to make a selection from a wider range of options.

Different editions of Android have been exploited for producing different editions of phones. All significant improvements in this software can be identified through a code, usually based on the name of some desert. Though it is possible to update the older versions and replace those with newer editions of the operating system, this is not possible always due to the changes incorporated in the hardware of phones.