August 19, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Over the past week, several family members have marveled at my phone and then asked me what’s my BBM. Then I explain to them that BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) only works on BlackBerry phones, not Android. PingChat! is similar to BBM but also works cross-platform, so I can interact with all of my family members whether they have an EVO, iPhone, or Storm.
PingChat! delivers multiple communication methods to its users. Send texts, photos, video, voice notes, and have group conversations within the app. It’s an all-in-one device that can be tied to your phone number for easy communication, or a Ping! ID if you’re someone with multiple phones or planning on switching to a new device.
Sending messages or media is simple enough in PingChat! Integrating the ability to send photos, video, and audio is very convenient, as is the group chat feature. I wish I’d discovered the app sooner because these features would have been useful had I been able to chat with family members rather than relay SMS messages and phone calls the entire time.
And there lies the only fault I’ve discovered with PingChat! so far – getting people on it. Like all communication tools, there’s no worth unless people embrace it. I know I won’t be able to wean any of my BBerry relatives off BBM, but I might be able to get them to communicate with me more often using it. PingChat! will be more useful once your social circle adopts it, so be sure to use the “Share” feature and let folks know about it. The app has already amassed more than 10,000 downloads in one week, so we may see that happen.
- Group chats with replies viewable in one place
- Send photos, videos, voice notes, contacts, or maps
- Cross-platform support for Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone