Android app Beluga is a whale of a group messaging client

Jan 25, 2011
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Hardcore BlackBerry users who make the jump to an Android handset invariably ask one question: “https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-store/idcom.appolicious.android?mt=8″ app_id=”350906” target=”_blank”>Download our new Android app!

The app makes creating these pods painless, grabbing your phone’s address book as a starting point for organization. Just create a pod, add a few members, and off you go.

I’ve created one for my immediate family for shopping trips, another for my larger family circle we interact with during the holidays, a third for business associates in my town and so on.

The best part: Sending messages and content in this manner won’t incur the usual per-text fee. Of course, if you’re paying for an unlimited plan, you’re all set.

One major drawback? Beluga’s privacy policy. As of this review, the policy seems to be overly broad, which is turning some users away from the app. Since all of your communications are stored on its servers (both a pro and a con), some users have voiced concerns about data mining or other potential hacking/data breaches that could expose your data to others.

As with all apps, it’s installer, beware.

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Tim McLain

Tim McLain is a freelance writer and an online marketing manager, helping serious researchers and students find and make use of the best online content found on the deep Web. His passion for all things computers/tech started when he was a teenager, working with his twin brother to set up a C64 BBS in their bedroom.

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