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Meebo

Posted November 7, 2008 11:55am

APPOLICIOUS ADVISOR RATING:

2 of 5 bars
  • PRICE: Free
  • EASE OF USE: 3
  • INTERFACE: 2
  • FREQUENCY OF USE: 3
  • FEATURES: 2
  • USEFULNESS: 2
SUMMARY: A multi-client instant messaging app for the Android platform

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Meebo is a multi-client instant messaging app for the Android platform. This app is from the same company that brought you the website Meebo, which is a pretty great solution for instant messaging wherever you are. Unfortunately, this app doesn't offer anywhere near as much as the Meebo website does and falls short in some big places.

When you first sign in, you'll be able to pick from AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, Meebo, MSN, and Yahoo. This simply adds ICQ, Jabber, and Meebo to the list of clients that you could already connect to through the original Android IM app. To sign in to multiple accounts, you'll need to sign in to one first, press the menu button, then sign into another. When you sign in, your buddy list will be available to you, but unfortunately, it won't be set up how you like it.

The first issue you'll run into is that there are no settings. You can't change anything at all in this app, you get what you see. Meebo also doesn't list aliases or give you the ability to hide users that are offline. This can be really frustrating for those of you on multiple accounts with tons of buddies. The app isn't all bad, however. It does manage to keep you signed in a lot more consistently then the Android IM app does. It also provides you with alerts even when you're not in the app, including the full message scrolling in the taskbar.

We wanted to like this app, we really did. The issue is that it falls short in such key places. No settings? Can't store logins? They're on the right track with the background notifications and interface, but Meebo will really need to step it up if they want to convince users to ditch the Android IM app.

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