Rating: It’s not available from us, honest
Like many other Android handset owners, the news (see here) that Synchronica has built an Android app which will work with all the major Instant Messaging (IM) services, attracted our attention. A really good IM client would be available for free. That’s not quite how the company sees things, though. When Synchronica included this sentence in its release, it hadn’t quite thought through the consequences. It said, “The IM client app for Android can be downloaded from Synchronica Mobile Gateway or pre-installed by the device manufacturer.” That’s a could, possibly, maybe download rather than a definite ability.Eventually, a Synchronica spokesman told GoMo News, “Synchronica does not offer b-2-c [business-to-consumer] software or services and the IM client will therefore not be downloadable from Synchronica [itself].”
What the company actually meant is that the client app, “Will be made available for download from the carrier brands (e.g. Claro).” Which in this case means América Móvil’s web site.
Our source at Synchronica told us, “Unfortunately, I have no information from the carrier regarding the specific URL at the present time.”
Yet, GoMo News suspects that as soon as such a URL emerges, the Android client will escape into the wild.
Synchronica may just as well bite the bullet and put the client on the Android Market now. It would be simpler for everybody involved.