Touch by Enflick - Mobile App Review
A few of us here at Nerd Stalker have been testing the pre-release version of the just released mobile app "Touch" (note the released version will differ from what we were provided). Touch is the latest product to come out of the Waterloo, Ontario based company Enflick, creators of TextNow and PingChat!
Whats particularly impressive about the Touch release is that Enflick is going the painful route of natively supporting iOS devices (OS version 3.0+), Android (1.5–2.3) and Blackberry (5.0+) on day one!
Touch allows you to create groups or private chats of all sizes as needed, you can share text, images and emoticons for free (think what Baluga should have been).
Adding friends was simple with the search, Facebook, address book, and email options. Accepting requests was also straightforward and prompted in the app. The UI is quite clean and simple for the most part, starting a chat is a no brainer. There is an option to "Help your friends find you by confirming your phone number" which works fine if you have a typical account unfortunately for your Google Voice users this could pose a problem. Each time I tried to confirm my GV number it would text my actual cell number. The issue with this is that most GV users opt out of the text plan on their given carriers since it's free on GV, thus each confirmation text will could potentially cost you. The current workaround to this is to simply not verify your number.
As far as my future pie in the sky non confirmed predictions for the app I would guess there may be a desktop interface, tablet app/option, and given that this is being referred to as a "platform" an api could be a possibility as well. The only challenge for Touch is user adoption, although they are "upgrading" a huge preexisting PingChat! user base its another app you have to convince your friends and families to install.
I really like this app it's incredibly responsive, has a nice clean ui and I appreciate the no frills features, I recommend you give it a go today.
Thanks to @socialgreg @punkymunky @kikintrikl for helping review.