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Snowball collects all your messages into one unified inbox

Overwhelmed by numerous messaging services? Snowball brings all your messages together in one Chat Heads-like interface. Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and more.
October 10, 2014
Snowball icon and samples

Android users have a new app to play with, it is called Snowball Beta and it will become your one-stop shop for all of your messaging needs. Snowball looks to be your single unified inbox bringing together messages from Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Snapchat, WhatsApp and more. Snowball is free in the Google Play Store.

If that is not enough, Snowball will bring you your messages on a floating icon like you’d find with Link Bubble, or, I suppose the more appropriate comparison would be Facebook’s Chat Heads.

Snowball is the brainchild of Anish Acharya and Jeson Patel. Their combined resumes include Google, Microsoft, Amazon and SocialDeck with a couple little projects you may have heard of, Google Play Games and the mobile side of Google+. Snowball is as much a solution for their own fragmented social experiences as it is a great free app for us to play with.

Snowball currently supports Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Line, Slack, SMS, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp and WeChat. They say these are just the services to get things rolling, that other services can be added in just a few days each.

The approach is fairly simple, as is the experience at this point. Instead of officially plugging into the APIs, if any, of the individual services, Snowball works off of your Android system notifications to collect the messages and bring them to you. If it matters, they say this is an Android only thing, iPhone users can only look on with envy, as the system notification technique is not possible on iOS.

Snowball Play Store samples

To be clear, Snowball is not a messaging service, it is simply a unified inbox for the other services that you already have apps installed. Stay tuned to our Android customization series starting October 16th, we’ll be starting a project of our own, for you to follow along, that rocks the same sort of functionality.

While this may be the first time many of us have heard of Snowball, it is already en-route to bigger things. They have announced a round of seed funding worth more than $2 million, and a sly tease that Snowball is just the first layer of a larger app that is in the pipes.

Snowball is free in the Google Play Store, including an update that rolled out today that fixed all of the initial Xposed module compatibility issues, if that was a concern for you.

What do you say, is a single unified inbox the thing you need to keep your messaging in order, or do you prefer the segregation of the apps?