imo.im has released an updated version of its Android app with new optimizations for tablet users. If you are not familiar with imo it is a multi-protocol instant messaging app that lets you communicate via all your different IM services from within one app. It supports Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Jabber, Hyves, VKontakte and Steam. Quite an impressive list.
The new version has been changed to recognize when it is running on a tablet, rather than a smartphone, and makes us of the extra space. For tablet users the contact list and the current chats are now shown side by side. Also a quick swipe from the left will reveal imo’s menu and preferences tab, while a swipe from the right will open the chat preferences and options.
The app also runs in the background and is integrated into Android’s notification system. If an IM comes in while you are doing something else you will get a notification. There are several different ways to customize how you get the notifications (sounds, vibrate, popup etc) in the preferences.
There is also support for a whole range of features including free voice calls between imo users, group messaging, photo sharing and concurrent sessions on different devices. There is also the voice IMs feature which turns your Android device into a walkie-talkie. To use it swipe the chat window left and tap “Voice IM”. Then every time you hold the big red button your voice is recorded and sent to the other user just like a walkie-talkie. It even works across services, kind of, as a link to the recording is posted in the message window of the receiver even if they aren’t using imo.
This is a good update to the imo client for Android and the tablet optimization makes good use of the available screen space.
Have you tried imo (on the web, Android or on iOS)? If so, let me know what you think.