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IM+ Adds Tablet Support, Other New Features – Amazon Version That We All Use Receives No Love

There are probably more than a handful of you that own and utilize IM+ as a chatting service on Android. The “pro” version of the app – which is normally $9.99 – was free for a day on Amazon, causing us to write about it and eventually adopt it as a go-to-app for Google Talk, since well, pre-Honeycomb Android can’t seem to handle multiple accounts. So today’s update that introduces full-tablet support along with a more polished UI is awesome, except for the fact that the Amazon version hasn’t been updated yet.

Here is a list of the changes:

  1. Version 5.0 changes:
  2. Fully optimized for Android OS tablet computers
  3. Support of native Android OS “Share” feature
  4. IM+ widget allows to change status right from your Android home screen
  5. Typing notifications
  6. Upload your avatar right from IM+
  7. Group chats for AOL/AIM/iChat and ICQ
  8. Option to select a different notification for active chat
  9. All chats are saved under Chats tab when IM+ is restarted/reconnected
  10. Battery usage optimization

Solid, right? And here is where we run into issues with having multiple Android markets. Many of you only have and use this app because it was free from Amazon, but who knows when you will see the update for it. Meh.

Cheers everyone!

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    Let’s hope the delay means that Amazon is actually policing their market like they claimed they would.

  • Tony Allen

    The free apps on the Amazon App Store are great.. but I’d almost rather buy them on the Android Market just so I get the updates ASAP rather than waiting it out.

  • Seems the Amazon part is a common thread among ALL apps I’ve gotten via “free” days – with sometimes more than two weeks of lag between seeing an updated version appear on Android market and finally showing up on Amazon.  Kind of BS…but I guess I’m getting what I paid for.

  • Anonymous

    Not surprised at all, and can’t say I blame them.  They’re putting their paying customers in front of their non-paying ones.  *shrug*

  • Anonymous

    This, folks, is why I would want nothing to do with a Kindle Fire (in stock form, at least).  No Google Apps, no market, no Google Maps, no Gmail client and the apps that are available on Amazon may never see an update.  Everytime an Angry Birds update is released, I get annoyed all over again that the people who “support” Rovio by buying their stuff on Amazon have to wait longer to get the new levels. 

  • Anonymous

    So you have to wait a few days for it to be submitted and approved by Amazon before it hits their appstore. Really? It is that big a deal?

  • Guest

    No Galaxy Nexus news today?

  • Anonymous