Ebuddy XMS Available for Meego! Beta Version for Symbian As Well!! ( + Initial Review)

| December 16, 2011 | 40 Replies

Ebuddy’s XMS which is basically a instant SMS via data (like Kik, Whatsapp and liveprofile) is now available for Meego (N9/N950), as of now Ebuddy XMS is the only option available for Meego (Whatsapp say they have no plans at all, Kik was JUST released for Symbian, and liveprofile…. well, don’t get me started). I think if one of these messaging platforms wants to be dominant they MUST make their app available to ALL OSes in use be they popular or not (iOS, Symbian, WP, Android, Meego, WebOS, RIM….) you cant be a cross OS messaging app if you aren’t actually available on multiple OSes, besides nobody likes having 3 different messaging apps running, give us one complete one and everybody is happy. Anyways Download link and App overview below:

 

Download:

Meego:  http://bit.ly/xmsmeego

S60 V5: http://t.co/GhZRqHT4

S^3: http://t.co/DhMTW4hA

Go beyond words.

Message any way you want, how much you want. eBuddy XMS enables free real-time messaging for smartphones, with text, pictures, video and more.

eBuddy XMS. Do more than SMS.

IT’S FREE

XMS all you want! XMS uses your Internet connection. That means you can easily share unlimited messages with your XMS contacts.

IT’S FLEXIBLE

XMS how you want. From quick hellos to casual conversations… using texts, pictures, emoticons and more. It’s up to you. And because it’s always on, it’s always ready for you.

IT’S SOLID

Messaging you can count on. eBuddy XMS shows you when messages are sent and read. And you’ll enjoy stable performance, built by the messaging pros at eBuddy.

Thanks to S.A. for the tip :)

Note: Apologies for the lack of screen-shots/initial impression, but I don’t have a Meego device :/ will Update with S^3 screenshots as soon as I get it installed.

First Impressions:

As soon as you start-up eBuddy XMS for the first time you get a nice little prompt message to search your Phonebook for contacts, nothing new there; what is new however is the Prompt to also search your Facebook for people who use eBuddy XMS (a nice way to break the ice with that someone who you’ve been silently stalking for the past 6 months..). After scanning you’re prompted for your real name as well as your phone number so other people can find you.

Tha app itself has two main layouts/screens one for contacts and one for messages, nothing too complicated. Simple, clean, pretty. Note that the application itself has been optimized for Symbian Belle (Notice the different font and icons on the status bar above); Which incidentally IS NOT accessible within the app :( .

Messaging is simple and basic, but the major thing that ticks me off is the lack of split screen input (same major fault as Kik messenger) eBuddy Y U NO SHOW ME WHERE I TYPE!!! Besides that through my initial testing the messages were sent/received at a decent time, no obvious delay.

Another major issue is that there is no ‘settings option’ which is  a problem since it seems that eBuddy was connecting to 3G even though my home WiFi network was available (and connected as well for whatsapp at the time).

Another thing that must be mentioned is that the app hangs from time to time, even when simply switching between messaging and contacts tabs.

Overall sadly I can’t find anything special in eBuddy XMS that would entice me to leave whatsapp for it, the lack of splitscreen input, smileys, buggy UI and hidden settings leave much to be desired. In all honesty the only reason I could imagine using this is if my girl-friend had a N9/N950 – Imagine…. a Nerdy Nokia fan hottie ;) and even then I’d probably choose to text her.

Of course I’m being too harsh, I only tried out the S^3 beta of eBuddy XMS so it itsn’t fair to set a final verdict; hopefully the developers might read this and write down a to do list of what must be done… Till then Whatsapp I choose you (mainly for the larger user base, no need to convert anyone)

Update: The people running eBuddys twitter account just tweeted me promising a bunch if fixes upon official release, something to look forward to (I love developers who actually pay attention to what end-users want) thanks eBuddy developers.

 

 

Category: Applications, MeeGo, Nokia, Symbian, Symbian^3

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  1. ggj says:

    interface looks a lot like ios!!! shit

  2. XFCE-Desktop says:

    I absolutely LOVE this app on my iPhone 4s! Lets hope it comes to our Symbian Anna/Belle phones soon as well since they also runs Qt apps. !!!

  3. Spitfire says:

    Why no XMS for symbian yet???????????? I’m waiting on the symbian version!

  4. incognito says:

    I still see no point for a dedicated mobile messaging application. GTalk (and other XMPP-based messengers) is probably available for each and every platform out there, so why the hell would someone use an app that only works on mobile phones, and only on a small subsection of those.

    Android: built-in
    Bada: Kint messenger
    BBOS: RIM’s client
    iOS: Official Google app
    Maemo/MeeGo: built-in
    Symbian s60v3/v5: Slick, Fring, Nimbuzz…
    Symbian^3: IM for Nokia
    Windows Mobile: OctroTalk, PIGEON! …
    Windows Phone: Flory, GChat…
    webOS: built-in
    +various J2ME clients for featurephones
    +official and unofficial clients for every desktop platform

    And XMPP/GTalk is not the only wide-spread messaging protocol, so it certainly ain’t a monopoly. So, why the hell do we need others so badly?

    And just for the record, I think that every single mobile platform out there ought to have a messaging API to which users can later add protocols like Maemo/MeeGo have Telepathy. Then messaging providers would compete with features without having to develop a full blown app and thus it would be far easier to have various messengers available on more platforms.

    • Rezza says:

      +100000000! I’m still wondering what’s so special on these whatsup, ebuddy and company apps.

    • flava says:

      So, basically you’re saying that the developers are doing pointless thing. lol.

      Well sir, i have an humble suggestion. Why dont you try googling ‘niche market’ and learn one or two thing from there :p

      You know, read something not so technical or theoritical for once awhile is not bad, really :D

  5. Hakki says:

    it seems like push is not working and there are no notifications in status bar and event screen?

  6. nokian9 is better than 800 says:

    any screenshots???

    • Aliqudsi says:

      Sorry mate, I don’t have a N9 :’(

      • 800 and N9 are brothers says:

        Shame, I think Nokia should give all you bloggers courtesy devices. You’re basically giving them free publicity, least they could do.

        Either way I’ll try and take some screenshots and email you them.

  7. SHAKAIB says:

    can we chat through MSN messenger from that app?

    • Spitfire says:

      I have been told on some other website(probably facebook) that XMS does support MSN chat… though I have my doubts wether this info is true

  8. aboodesta says:

    its working nicely on my n9 minus push notifications and the fact that it has to stay open in the background to recieve anything.

  9. Rahul says:

    Can’t get the activation code …

  10. b4b4.4l1 says:

    The links for both Symbian version has been taken down. Only MeeGo link is working atm :-/

  11. can't be helped says:

    there is screenshot about ebuddy working without running in the background, at talk.maemo.org “ebuddy is out”

  12. can't be helped says:

    why does skype add this free sms like feature? if skype add push feature, then we all can forget these whatsapp, ebuddy and profile?

  13. Gen says:

    err how do you let people add you on the meego versions

  14. Juha says:

    Terrible if you have the N97.
    Even though I installed this app on the 32gb E:drive, it still stole the remaining 10mb from the C:drive. And to top it all, after I uninstalled this app, it only gave up less than 2mb of the 10mb it took in the first place. Thanks a bunch. How the hell can I get back my 10mb…

  15. Aleksandra says:

    Hi,

    My name is Aleksandra and I am a community manager at eBuddy XMS.
    Thank you for your review of our application and comments.
    I’d like to answer your questions so feel free to drop the questions in the comments or at meego@ebuddyxms.zendesk.com.

    You can also discuss your experience with an app on our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/ebuddyxms?sk=app_189282631129871

    If you or your friends would’ like to join the beta program, please let us know their contact e-mails and phone models via email at meego@ebuddyxms.zendesk.com.

    Best regards.
    Aleksandra
    eBuddy XMS Team

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