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With imo instant messenger, it’s easy to stay in touch with friends on your existing IM accounts o...
imo instant messenger

With imo instant messenger, it’s easy to stay in touch with friends on your existing IM accounts on Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, and Myspace, Vkontakte.ru, Hyves.

Standard features:
- No need to create an account with imo
- Concurrent sessions on different devices
- Chat history search and browse
- Voice IMs
- Group chat
- Photo sharing in group chats
- Multimedia attachments - audio, video, files


Why we ask for permissions:

INTERNET: connect to imo servers
ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: react to network changes so we can reconnect
VIBRATE: for notifications
RECORD_AUDIO: for voice IMs
RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: auto start on boot
INSTALL_SHORTCUT: create home screen shortcuts
WAKE_LOCK: very short term partial cpu lock to make sure messages are sent and received while phone is sleeping
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: for caching pictures

Recent changes:
- Design improvements
- Various bug fixes
- Group chats with photo sharing
- Chat history search and browse

Content rating: Medium Maturity... (learn more)

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Developed by:
imo.im

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Place calls and send text messages showing your Google number. Listen to voicemail and read transcri...
Google Voice

Place calls and send text messages showing your Google number. Listen to voicemail and read transcripts. Currently only available in the US.

IMPORTANT: You must open Google Voice at least once after upgrading to route calls.

Recent changes:
New since 4.2.34:
* Adds tablet support

New since earlier versions:
* Does not require data connectivity for making calls to all numbers you previously called
* Warns you when no data connectivity before you compose/send text messages
* Fix for bug that required to click the voicemail play button twice
* Fix for notifications delays for SMS and voicemails

Content rating: Everyone... (learn more)

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Developed by:
Google Inc.

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Here is what you get: - FREE Calls - HD quality calls to all your Nimbuzz contacts. - ...
Nimbuzz - Free Calls & Chat

Here is what you get:

- FREE Calls - HD quality calls to all your Nimbuzz contacts.

- FREE Messaging - Unlimited free chat. No extra costs.

- Cheap International Calls - Call mobile and landline phones for as low as 2c/min.

- SIP VoIP accounts – Connect to any of our existing SIP partners or to any other SIP provider.

- ALL IN ONE: Connect to your other accounts (Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, AIM, ICQ, GoogleTalk, Facebook, MySpace and Hyves) and have all your friends in one list.

EXTRA:

- ALWAYS ON: Appear always online and available to chat with Push Notifications. (Available for Android OS 2.2 or higher)

Nimbuzz is super popular and our 50+ million registered users prove that.

Nimbuzz can be installed on every popular smartphone and feature phone, so you can invite all your friends to join your network.

Are you on Twitter or Facebook? Good news, we are also, *cough, cough* :D

http://twitter.com/nimbuzz
http://facebook.com/nimbuzz

For more info please visit:

- http://blog.nimbuzz.com

- http://nimbuzzout.com

Thanks in advance for downloading Nimbuzz!

Recent changes:
Android Push (C2DM) - saves battery and allows you to appear online to your friends even if have the app closed.

Message Delivery Notifications - see when friends receive your messages.

Native phonebook integration - see Nimbuzz contacts in your phone’s native contact list and start a chat or a call with them, straight from there.

Bug fixes

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Developed by:
Nimbuzz BV

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Chat everywhere with eBuddy Messenger. Stay always connected with all your friends and family on MSN...
eBuddy Messenger

Chat everywhere with eBuddy Messenger. Stay always connected with all your friends and family on MSN (Windows Live Messenger or WLM), Facebook, Yahoo!, MySpace, Gtalk (Orkut), ICQ, AIM (AOL) and Hyves.

eBuddy is an Instant messaging (IM) service that allows you to...
★ New major version 2.0!
★ Now uses Google C2DM (push) for battery efficiency - only for Android 2.2 and higher.
★ Simultaneously chat or IM with your friends on MSN, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Yahoo, MySpace, Gtalk, ICQ, AIM and Hyves.
★ eBuddy runs in the background, so you are always online and ready to chat! Never miss a message again.
★ A chat / IM message will be sent as data over the Internet, not as a SMS or text message. So, chatting with your friends is free!
★ Full featured: set your avatar, send and receive emoticons, group your contacts and swipe through your chat screens.

- Please note eBuddy works more battery efficient on Android devices which run Android 2.2 or higher. Go to 'Settings' -> 'About phone' -> 'Android version' to check the version you have -

Recent changes:
- Fix for double messages
- Big battery improvements for Android 2.1 and lower
- Significant battery improvements for Android 2.2 and up
- Better support for Android 3.0

Content rating: Medium Maturity... (learn more)

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Developed by:
eBuddy

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Trillian for Android helps you chat with your IM and Facebook friends while on-the-go. Receive C2DM...
Trillian

Trillian for Android helps you chat with your IM and Facebook friends while on-the-go. Receive C2DM push notifications, send pictures and messages, and optionally synchronize with Trillian for Mac, Windows, and Web. You can even use Trillian to Trillian messaging to save on SMS costs!

Recent changes:
Fixed issue with in-app purchasing.

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AIM is making it easier to stay in touch with all your friends – even on Facebook or Google Talk. ...
AIM

AIM is making it easier to stay in touch with all your friends – even on Facebook or Google Talk. Check-in with foursquare or post your status to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Lifestream.

Features include:
• Chat directly with your Facebook and Google Talk friends
• Send FREE* text messages from AIM, just type in your friend's phone number!
• AIM supports high-res devices
• Update your status on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Lifestream with just one tap
• Add a location to your AIM status and check in simultaneously with foursquare (add foursquare to your Lifestream Settings in AIM Settings)
• All your Facebook friends and groups will be available in your Buddy List
• Post your photos to your Lifestream or comment on your Buddy’s photo or status
• Send and receive messages over Wi-Fi or 3G/cellular networks*
• See who's available before you contact them
• Configure multiple screen names and switch between identities any time
• Send IMs and FREE* SMS text messages - doesn't use your Text messaging service
• Manage your Buddy List®, Buddy groups or add a new Buddy anytime. Your changes are automatically synced with AIM on Windows or Mac®

* Wireless data plan and charges from your wireless carrier may apply. SMS features are not available in all countries.

Any service can send messages. But with AIM, you're really connected.

Recent changes:
July 26, 2011

• Support for Samsung Galaxy Prevail™
• Fixed issue users were seeing with Lifestream photo posts

The AIM Android team is working hard on the next new and improved release. Stay tuned!

Content rating: Low Maturity... (learn more)

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Developed by:
AOL

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Group Video Chat, Calls & Text Chat for free from fring fring takes Video Calls to the max with GROU...
fring Group Video Calls, Chat

Group Video Chat, Calls & Text Chat for free from fring
fring takes Video Calls to the max with GROUP VIDEO!
Now 4 people can video call at the same time!

* FREE Group Video chatting. Get all your friends together, anywhere!
* FREE Video chat (on 3G,4G & WiFi) with DVQ™ technology (more below)
* FREE calls to other fring users worldwide
* FREE live chat (no more expensive SMS)

GROUP VIDEO CALLS
Completely free way to video call with all your friends at the same time! Start a Group Video with friends on Android phones or iPhone/iPod/iPad. Up to 4 participants can group video call, jam, reunite, sing, dance or whatever you do when you get together. 4 friends on 1 screen – oh so much fun!
Now, get together with everyone, anywhere.

THE BEST VIDEO QUALITY TECHNOLOGY
Get the best Video Calls possible! fring's video calling DVQ™ technology (Dynamic Video Quality) gives you the best video and audio quality possible by automatically and continuously adjusting your video call quality to match your connectivity.

FEATURES
* The only free mobile Group Video Chat service in the world!
* Video chat/Call any other Android devices, iPhones/iPod touches/iPad, Nokia and more
* See if your friends are around in real time before video-chatting
* Fun and easy to use

YES, YOU CAN USE FRING TO CALL ANY REGULAR PHONE #
This is a great way to cut your phone bill. If you have friends not yet on fring, you can buy fringOut credit and call any regular landline or mobile # worldwide for cheap! Of course, calls to other fring users are always free!

Learn more at www.fring.com
Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fring
Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/fring
Follow our blog at http://www.fring.com/blog

Having issues with fring or one of fring's features? We appreciate your feedback. Please email us with a description of the issue to support@fring.com

Recent changes:
* Clearer Audio calls
* New supported devices including: HTC Flyer, Samsung Droid charge, Nexus S (Running Android 2.3.4), Samsung Galaxy S 2, LG G2X & more
* Bug fixes & general quality improvements

Content rating: Medium Maturity... (learn more)

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Developed by:
fringland

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The official Yahoo! Messenger app for Android - Free Voice & Video calls (Beta) † - Chat with Fac...
Yahoo! Messenger

The official Yahoo! Messenger app for Android

- Free Voice & Video calls (Beta) †
- Chat with Facebook friends
- Free international SMS ††
- Share Photos & Video
- Chat with Windows Live friends

********* Important *********
You need to install the latest Yahoo! Messenger Voice and Video Plug-in to enable the call features

† Video (Beta) requires OS 2.2+, Yahoo! Messenger Voice & Video Plug-in and myTouch 4G or EVO. Video is temporarily not supported on MyTouch 4G with Gingerbread. We are working on providing an update shortly.

†† SMS text messages can be sent for free to phone numbers in USA, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, Pakistan, Kuwait and Thailand

Recent changes:
New in 1.4
- Chat with your Facebook friends
- Stay online on Android & PC at the same time, receive messages only where you are active*
- Tap return to send IM
- Contact add requests are now grouped in a new view
- Fixed issue where Yahoo! contacts were removed from the phonebook
- Increased stability & performance
- Fixed force close on Thunderbolt

Tip
- Update to OS 2.2 if you experience slow performance on your Galaxy S

* Currently supported with the latest Yahoo! Messenger for PC

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Developed by:
Yahoo! Inc.

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Stay connected to all your instant messaging buddies anywhere you go! BeejiveIM (pronounced \bē-hī...
BeejiveIM

Stay connected to all your instant messaging buddies anywhere you go! BeejiveIM (pronounced \bē-hīv\ IM) keeps you in touch with your friends on AIM®/MobileMe®, MSN®/Windows Live®, Yahoo!®, GoogleTalk®, Facebook, MySpace and Jabber... all at the same time, all on your Android smartphone.

Beejive's reliable and efficient networking has been tested and proven on multiple platforms. Move from cellular and wifi connections seamlessly. Stay connected after you close the application and be notified when you get a new message through push notifications (OS 2.2+). After being out of coverage BeejiveIM automatically reconnects and picks up where you left off.

BeejiveIM uses your phone's existing data plan or wifi connection, so you can save money by reducing your text messages.

BeejiveIM Key Features:
- BeejiveIM uses your existing data plan: no per-message charges.
- Reliable and efficient networking: be connected 24/7, and it's gentle on your battery.
- Be connected even after you close the application. Get notified instantly when you get a new message with Push Notifications (OS 2.2+).
- Works with multiple IM networks, multiple accounts per network: AIM®/iChat, MSN®, Yahoo!®, GoogleTalk®, Facebook IM, Jabber, and MySpace IM.
- Send and receive files, including pictures and voice notes. View and forward received documents.
- Desktop-like instant messaging with all of your IM buddies from a single intuitive user interface.

Chatting Features:
- Real-time chats: quick switch between multiple simultaneous chats.
- Group chats: chat with multiple buddies on AIM, Yahoo, GTalk, or MSN.
- Full Unicode support, chat in any language supported by your Android device.
- Landscape option, type with a larger keyboard.
- Chat history: Email chat logs to save chat history.
- Hyperlink support, automatically parses links for web pages, YouTube videos, email addresses, twitter usernames, and phone numbers.
- Emoticons support.
- SMS out, chat with your SMS buddies through AIM or Yahoo SMS out.

Account & Buddy Features:
- Manage your buddy-list, including add/remove, nicknames, groups, block, approve/deny requests.
- Sort/group/search your buddy list.
- Control your own availability, set auto-away and custom status messages, be invisible, change privacy controls.
- Configurable alerts, customizable sound, vibrate settings.
- Buddy icon support, view your friends' icons, set your own.

Recent changes:
What's new in 2.0.2:
- Fix for GPS / battery drain issue.

What's new in 2.0.1:
- Added copy & paste support to the chat screen.

What's new in 2.0:
- Send your location to your friends.
- Updated chat screen, improved quick chat switching.
- Tighter integration with the Facebook App (for Facebook chat accounts).
- Preference to add a Send button to chat screen text bubble.... (learn more)

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Developed by:
Beejive

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We had to remove support for Facebook, sorry for the inconvenience! We'll try to re-add later! Mee...
Meebo IM

We had to remove support for Facebook, sorry for the inconvenience! We'll try to re-add later!

Meebo is a totally free IM app. Chat with friends on AIM MSN Yahoo MySpace Google Talk Jabber and ICQ. Use a Meebo account and your IM history will be saved and you can access it from any computer at https://www.meebo.com/

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Developed by:
Meebo, Inc.

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