Like to avoid awkward real-life situations by pretending you’re busy and playing with your smartphone instead? Then it’s likely you’re quite familiar with IM+ for Android already. The ever popular instant messaging app has been updated by its developer, with one major revision being a significant improvement of battery usage.

Other features include a new message queue, which will queue all your messages if the network is down and automatically send them once it’s back up. Then there’s the option to set a master password for all of your accounts, grouping of accounts by contact list, preview for images and videos right in chat window, and more.

Version  6.3 of IM+ also comes with several new IM services, as it now supports mig33, SINA Weibo, Mamba Ru, and Fetion. No, we didn’t make up those names. Other oldies include support for Facebook Chat, MSN/Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, RenRen, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki Ru, Yandex IM, and Mail.Ru Agent. Skype, unfortunately, is only supported in the Pro version of IM+, which costs $4.99. If you already downloaded the regular version, you can simply make an in-app purchase to add Skype support.

IM+ also has an in-app messenger named Beep, which works across platforms (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone), in case you don’t find the many options of IM services listed above to be enough.  Check out the app on Google Play Store to start chit-chatting away.

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