Beluga Messages Select Groups Of Friends In Near-Real-Time

Android/iOS: Somewhere between unwieldy chat rooms and focused-but-limited SMS must lie a way to tell a group—co-workers, friends, roommates—that you're stopping at India Gate, if anyone wants takeout. Beluga is that middle ground. You might also call it BlackBerry Messenger for the iOS/Android crowd.

Yes, Beluga is only really useful if the people you intend to message are using it as well—but that's kind of the point. Rather than filter a particular group through the same crowded channels of your inbox or SMS app, Beluga lets you set up "Pods" in which you and a group of folks can quickly fling out messages that everyone can see. They arrive fairly quickly, if not instantly, and if you want to embed your location or a picture with your message, that's easy, too. There's early support for setting up Events, too—but only the time for now, with the location of said event to arrive later.

Beluga is a free app for iOS and Android devices. You can sign in quickly using Facebook, or set up a separate Beluga account. Since Beluga has just been acquired by Facebook, that latter option might drop off.

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    WhatsApp works the same way but you can get it on iOS/Android/Symbian/Blackberry. so a whole range there. instead of this being just iOS/Android. but the free part sounds pretty good!

    Check ReChat (Android chat):
    - Facebook, Yahoo!®, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP;
    - group chat (Yahoo!®, Google Talk, XMPP);
    - free SMS worldwide BETA (with replies for USA/Canada);
    - plain/bubble view, font packs, send image/video;

    Facebook features: upload image/video, send image/video, send message (as private event or wall post).
    Yahoo!® features: conferences (create/invite), add/remove contacts.
    Google Talk features: group chat, new email notification, unread emails w/o content.
    Jabber/XMPP features: rooms (create/invite), add/remove contacts.

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