Integrating communications on your Android phone with the pure messenger widget.
One of the best features of the HTC Sense is its unquestionably easy to use and helpful custom skins something which you cannot find anywhere else. The stock Android looks nothing like what HTC has done for the sense and so if you have any other Android phone which does not integrate all your messages into one neat and tidy conversation then check out ‘Pure Messenger’
Thanks to Android’s ability to be customized beyond recognition the creative minds behind ‘Pure Messenger’ were able to come up with something which up until today only HTC Sense users could enjoy. However, Pure Messenger does not just take HTC Sense’s concept of messaging and bring it to non HTC Android phones but it has also improved considerably on the core idea of the widget.
Pure Messenger allows users to create a stream of message information collected into one compact package. This widget allows you to view your Facebook, email, Googlemail, Twitter messages and your SMS as one continual flow which saves you from having to open your phone’s own dedicated messaging application for each of the above services. This will save you a lot of time and effort especially if you have a busy social life with tons of friends sending you messages using different mediums.
Pure Messenger also allows you to turn off text chats if you’re not interested in them. In addition you can fiddle around with the widget to customize the way it works. For instance, you can configure it so that it only shows unread messages and you can even chose the max number of messages it can show and how far back it can go into its database.
Pure Messenger also offers a number of different layout options which means that you can have either one message displayed at a time or you can have a list trough which you can tap. If you currently have Launcher Pro as your home screen replacement app you can also add a scrolling widget which makes it easy to check your inbox. However, there are a few bugs associated with the scrolling widget as it can be a bit unpredictable at times, plus it’s very easy to swap home screens by mistake when you just want to move down or up your mail stream.
Another bug we discovered is when you’re trying to read your email i.e. it can take a few seconds for the widget to register, so it may be a good idea to turn off the message notification service built into Android and just use Pure Messenger to compose your reply, if you do not do this you will continue to see the unread mark / symbol.
We also figure that there is room for improvement in terms of speed, this is even if you’re using a broad band Wi-Fi connection since it takes a while to open up. Despite its somewhat cumbersome bugs this widget is a time saver and a must have for the busy social addict.