April 12, 2012

New Style – mysms gets an Ice Cream Sandwich Look

Posted in mysms news by mysms

Earlier this year Google issued an Ice Cream Sandwich style guide and all Android developers all over the world breathed a sigh of relief! Finally the days of adapting apps for every existing end device are over. I can tell you we put lots of effort and nerves in adjusting mysms to all the different screen sizes and color schemes out there.

Ice Cream Sandwich Style Guide Android mysms

Google’s guide aims to be a place where developers can “learn about principles, building blocks, and patterns for creating world-class Android user interfaces.” Android is spread across many device manufacturers, who sell dozens of different devices, each with another hardware, display and size. Also, there are thousands of developers who used to create apps in a way they viewed as the best one. You can imagine what a design chaos existed without a style guide.


We’re happy about Google’s new style guide and are pleased to let you know, what changes we made in the mysms Ice Cream Sandwich version:


1) Discover the Action Bar

mysms action bar

mysms action bar

As you can see in the screenshots, you can now find an action bar on the very top. Also, we moved some items of the menu to the action bar. To see your possible actions, tab and hold a single or multiple conversations and they appear in the new Android style.


2) Know what to expect from an Icon

mysms android icons

mysms icons - ICS style

Throughout mysms for Android we use exclusively original Android icons, because we believe that design elements like icons have a grand recognition value. As a user you will instinctively know what to expect from a certain icon, as it will have the same function in all your apps.


3) Check out fresh Colors, Patterns & Buttons

mysms colors, patterns, buttons

colors, patterns and buttons in a new look

We also adjusted the colors, buttons and patterns in your mysms app. Again, we stuck to Google’s color schemes and standard ICS shapes. Buttons, windows and checkboxes are more angular now. Furthermore, the settings got a complete redesign. Its look is more coherent and stylish now, don’t you think?


4) Enjoy stylish Dialog Windows

mysms dialog windows

windows - ICS style

Similar to the rest of the styles defined by Google, our dialog windows got a little more angular. Additionally we gave them a new header style, of course, according to Google’s guide. You can see it for example in your pop-up or the attachment window.


All in all, these are the most significant changes we made when we adjusted mysms to Google’s new style guide for Ice Cream Sandwich. If you use Android 4.0 or higher, please get the updated version of mysms for Android on Google Play and let us know how you like it in the comments.


February 29, 2012

Introducing Websms Connectors for mysms

Posted in messaging, mysms news by mysms

Yesterday we opened our mysms Android app for other websms services. By doing this, we expand our core service – free synchronization of text messages on various platforms – by one additional sending option.


Using other websms services via mysms is made easy with the integration of connector apps. With immediate effect, there are connectors of providers like Fishtext, Cherry-SMS, O2, GMX, sms.at, sipgate and many more available on Google Play. For users of these services it’s now possible to use their SMS package while sending over the mysms Android app, tablet app, Facebook app, Chrome app, desktop app or web app.


Moreover, we decided to launch our very own connector. With “mysms out” we offer text messages for 0.08 EUR worldwide. This service is no longer part of our mysms app, but a discrete connector which is treated like all other websms connectors. Additionally, you can access your “mysms out” credit via other compatible SMS apps.


"mysms out" connecter

Activation of "mysms out"


Launching mysms connectors we aim to optimize our app to better serve our users’ needs. What do you think about this step? Like it/Dislike it?


February 24, 2012

Hello World!

Posted in mobile news, mysms news by mysms

Hallo! Salut! Hola! Ciao! Olá! Hej! Hello…and welcome to our mysms blog!

We’re very happy to announce the birth of the youngest of our mysms family: the mysms blog! Bringing this blog into being we’d like to establish a platform where you can interact with us, share your thoughts and opinions and stay informed about happenings in the mobile world.


Contents of our mysms blog will include the topics messaging, cloud services and facts & figures about the mobile, smartphone & tablet market. Also we will share our latest mysms news with you – covering product updates, new features as well as quick peeps behind the scenes.


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