Android: While Whatsapp and other alternative texting apps are great for sharing links and pics, the humble SMS is lagging behind. Well, not if you have Invi, which makes text messages a multimedia-rich experience.
Invi has an image-rich approach to text messaging. Each contact gets a wide cover photo. When you send or receive a link, Invi fetches a preview, complete with a photo from that article -- and you can open the link through an internal browser too. Similarly, shared photos are displayed in a large, screen-wide format, which you can tap to enlarge. And finally, sharing YouTube videos is made a better experience by allowing in-app video playback. However, it didn't work with Vimeo and other video services in our test. And yeah, you can store all those links and photos in a vault for easy sharing later.
There are also a few swipe gestures and other tidbits included, but they don't add to the experience much. Invi requires you to sign up if you want to share images from your phone's gallery, with the benefit that you can send messages to other Invi users for free, over an internet connection.