Free Android app allows users to share voice messages with their social network friends.
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With the release of version 3.0 of its Android application, voice-messaging developer HulloMail now allows users to share voicemails and instant voice messages directly on their Facebook wall from within the app.
Users' friends then can hear the message in the speaker's voice by clicking on the link in Facebook, HulloMail said. This new feature is configurable, and users can turn it off or on, depending on preference.
To share a voice message on Facebook, users connect their HulloMail account with their Facebook accounts.
"Next time you get a priceless voicemail, you can share it with your Facebook wall immediately," said Andy Munarriz, founder and CEO of London-based HulloMail. "We have made it really easy to share voicemails and voice messages directly with Facebook, adding a completely new dimension to voicemail and the social networking experience. Our latest Android app is the first to have this ability; it has also been re-worked from the ground up and is now a faster and more polished experience."
With HulloMail, users can synchronize phone and email contacts, and attach voicemails to email contacts. The app automatically refreshes contacts, eliminating the need to refresh them.
The free app is available in the Android Market. HulloMail plans to next release an iPhone app with the new Facebook Share feature, according to the company. Details will be released soon, HulloMail said, although it did not provide specifics.
"You may wonder how we can offer these great features for free? We intend to generate revenue through enterprise-focus offerings and premium features, but these are works in progress," according to HulloMail's website.
Founded in 2008, HulloMail's technologies are used by more than 35 million subscribers around the globe, according to the company.
The number of smartphone users accessing mobile content through browsers and applications now surpasses that of non-smartphone users, according to an Oct. 1 study by ComScore. In August, 75.6 million mobile subscribers ages 13 and older used downloaded applications, with smartphone users accounting for 60.4%, up from 43.6% in August 2009. In that same timeframe, 80.8 million mobile subscribers used their browser, with smartphone subscribers making up 55.5%, up from 41.4% 12 months prior, ComScore said.
"Although smartphones still make up less than a quarter of the U.S. mobile market, they are generating the lion's share of mobile content consumption. With smartphones' share of the pie destined to get greater over time, marketers and content providers should begin to shift their focus towards developing with primarily these devices in mind," said Mark Donovan, ComScore senior VP of mobile.