Snapchat. Facebook Messenger. Hangouts. Many of us deal with these chat apps and more on a daily basis, but having to navigate through multiple interfaces to send messages through each is, to put it lightly, less than optimal.
Snowball, a startup backed by Google Ventures, attempts to minimize the juggling by displaying messages from various apps in a single, e-mail inbox-like interface. Accessible via a floating icon which evokes Facebook’s Chat Heads, a pop-up list of your messages, ordered chronologically, makes keeping track of conversations across platforms a little bit easier.
The app is not without its limitations, though. Snowball does not plug into messaging apps directly, as tapping on a message to respond will kick you back to the associated app. Basically, Snowball does not really serve any other purpose than consolidating a few notifications right now. That may change in the future, but any advanced functionality would require the unlikely cooperation of third parties.
Snowball is free on Google Play. It’s currently in beta, supports Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, WeChat, Line, Slack, and the default SMS app.