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Instant messaging apps update for iPhone 3.0

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Tue June 23, 2009

AIM, Beejive, IM+ updates

Three key instant messaging apps for the iPhone and iPod touch have been updated to take advantage of background push notification. AIM is now at v3.0.1, and relying on push technology can inform users of messages even when using another app. The update also enables notifications through SMS, implements fixes bugs, and lets users stay logged in for up to 24 hours. The paid version adds landscape modes for the buddy list and conversation views.

Aside from push notification, the multi-client BeejiveIM 3.0 now incorporates meta contacts, plus a variety of interface enhancements. Layout and color schemes have been improved, along with overall speed. Also multi-client, SHAPE's IM+ 3.0 has gained support for Skype Chat and Twitter. Messages sent through the latter can be set to use separate notifications, whether in terms of sound or vibration. Other improvements include favorites, a built-in web browser and a group for offline contacts.

IM+ currently costs $6, while BeejiveIM is $10 and the paid download of AIM is $3. Push features require the iPhone 3.0 firmware.




by MacNN Staff

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Comments

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Meebo

    It's a shame Meebo isn't out yet. I like my IM apps clean and simple.

  1. greenG4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Hmmm

    Seems to be no push with IM Lite and my original iPhone.

  1. dogzilla

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Not so sure it's useful

    I tested out the AIM client with push today. Push seems to have drained my battery and ground my phone to a halt when trying to use mapping and music player at the same time. Turned off push on AIM, and everything worked great. Not sure if this is inherent in push or just crappy coding by AOL, but not sure this is worthwhile for me.

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    RE: Meebo

    "It's a shame Meebo isn't out yet. I like my IM apps clean and simple."

    Have you seen beejive? it's pretty clean.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Beejive

    I loves my Beejive :)

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