What is MightyText?
Some ex-employees of Google today have launched a new chat service available exclusively for Android users which shares many principles of that from iMessage and BBM, but more like Apple with iMessage will also be available via Chrome as an add on so chats can be resumed via a computer or mobile.
The service was previously available under a beta name ‘Texty’ before being renamed MightyText as it is today, think they made the right decision there. It had been a Chrome only extension and landed 250,000 users sending more than 2 million messages so its great to see it now available on mobile. The developer of the app used money raised from the Chrome extension to fund the app on Android which today became available in Google Play.
The app also allows Android users to send SMS text messages and MMS messages to be made from just about any device, just as they would with an Android smartphone and syncs with the users Android number, unlike Google’s own Voice service which requires you to change your number.
However the service can be used on non Google hardware, for example users can use the Webapp on an iPad to use the app as well with their Google Android information using the Web app as on Safari on a Mac or PC, other browser support includes Firefox and an IE9 webapp is available too integrating with Windows 7 taskbar.
So what do you think of MightyText, whilst its receiving a ton of hype from the Android-sphere, we don’t personally think it deserves the hype its receiving as services like Ping Chat and What’s App do more or less everything you’d want an “iMessage for Android” to do, and FaceBook works for desktop and mobile contacting. MightyText is a good concept though for when Google do release a fully fledged instant messenger client for Android, something in which they are behind iOS and Blackberry with.