Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Quick Review: EvolveSMS

One of the first reviews I wrote for this was of Klinker Apps' Sliding Messaging, a nifty SMS app with lots of customisation. It's been around for a year now, and to celebrate, the Klinker brothers released two new apps, Talon for Twitter, and EvolveSMS. I'm not a heavy Twitter user, but I've bought Talon, and I'll bring you a review in the next while.

Now, EvolveSMS. It features some features from Sliding Messaging, but not too much, just enough to make it useful without being overloaded with settings. It's a beautiful looking app, and, like Talon, it takes advantage of the translucent system bars introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat. For an app that was just released yesterday, it's pretty damn stable, if you pardon the expression.

Naturally, it has teething problems, but, remarkably, nothing major. Some people are complaining of graphical issues, like text not aligning correctly with the textboxes, but I've no doubt that these issues will be stamped out really soon!

As with Sliding Messaging, EvolveSMS doesn't feature any internal messaging system, a la Facebook/WhatsApp/Kik/etc. It's just a straight SMS/MMS app. Maybe that doesn't have the same appeal as it might have some years ago, but it's still very relevant.

EvolveSMS is, itself, a free app, although you can pay for extra features in-app. That said, even with just the free app, it's a very nifty app, and well worth trying out. All you need is an Android device running Android 4.0 or higher. Try it! You can't go wrong.


Friday, 3 January 2014

From here on out...

First off, Happy New Year's to everyone. I'd also like to thank everyone who actually read my blog last year. I didn't expect a fraction of the traffic I've received; as of January 3rd, I've had just over 1900 hits. Thanks everyone!

Unfortunately, for the next six months or so, until my Leaving Cert is finished, I probably won't be able to spend as much time as I'd like on this. That said, I'll try and push out a few updates every month, but they probably won't be as frequent as they have been up till now.

There isn't much else to report really, other than storms and gales leading to a few power shortages, nothing too major thankfully.

If there's something you'd like me to cover here, or just anything at all really, feel free to comment!

Normal service will be resumed with the next post. Thanks for reading.