July 10, 2012

Meet our Brandnew mysms Messenger for iOS

Posted in mysms news by mysms

Samsung vs Apple, Apple vs HTC, all this rivalry and hassle is not how we roll. Au contraire, we want reconciliation and harmony between Android and Apple users. Today we make a first contribution to an amicable living together. We are releasing our mysms Messenger for iOS devices. Until now mysms’ core features have been available to Android users only. Now we bring many new features to the iPhone and revolutionize the relationship between Android and Apple fans.


Android + Apple = mysms friends

Android + Apple = mysms friends


  • With the new mysms Messenger iPhone users can now use the mysms web app, Chrome app, Facebook app and desktop apps for Windows and Mac. Instead of annoying (mis)typing on the iPhone, messages can then be entered conveniently via the keyboard on the computer. Furthermore, our mysms Cloud is new for iOS users. Messages are synchronized seamlessly between smartphone, tablet and computer. Additionally, the inbox is synced and you get notified on all your devices when you receive a new message.


  • Also our popular service mysms friends is available for iPhone users now. Whether your recipient uses iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Facebook or Chrome – every text message is free of charge! Pretty cool, right? This means: texting for free to ALL mysms users until fingers are bleeding!


We are perfectly aware of the technical boundaries Apple sets upon us. Unfortunately not all SMS features we offer for Android are feasible for iOS. With the mysms Messenger we stick to our principles and enable our iPhone users to use the mysms Cloud and remote messaging. The mysms Messenger is now available for download in the iTunes App Store.

In the next few weeks we’ll add more features such as sending pictures and files. Also, we’re working on an optimized version for iPad. Stay tuned for future developments!




July 5, 2012

How People Really Use Their Android Smartphones

Posted in Just for fun, mobile news by Lisa Leitner

Recently Tawkon released some interesting data on how people really use their Android smartphones. Results show that if you are from the US and own a Samsung Galaxy S, chances are high that you talk a lot on your phone. If you are a Swede, you’re likely to record a pretty high accessory usage; meaning that you are a heavy bluetooth user. On the other hand, if you’re from Taiwan, you are your Android battery’s best friend, as you tend to set value on saving energy.


Android smartphone


Basically, the usage of Android smartphones depends strongly on your culture and location. Can you identify with the outcomes of this observation? Take a look at the infographic below.


How People Really Use Their Android Smartphones

How People Really Use Their Android Smartphones


June 21, 2012

5 Eco-friendly Ways to Charge Your Smartphone

Posted in Just for fun, mobile news by Lisa Leitner

We’ve all been there. The battery of your phone is low and there’s no wall outlet nearby. You desperately try to memorize some phone numbers and write one last text message, when eventually it goes dead. Thanks to some brilliant minds, we don’t have to despair of situations like this anymore. There are several eco-friendly ways to charge your smartphone.

5 eco-friendly chargers

5 eco-friendly chargers


1) SunnyBAG Solar Energy Charger

SunnyBAG charges your smartphone


First in line is SunnyBAG, a shoulder bag with waterproof solar panels on its outside. Obviously it uses sunlight as a source of energy, but it also charges its integrated power battery pack in all other weather conditions. Currently SunnyBAG’s battery pack has a capacity of 18.5 Wh and needs 2 – 3 hours to be fully charged on a sunny day. The battery features a USB output which can charge any type of mobile phone – anytime, anywhere and all eco-friendly.


2) Kinesis K3 Wind and Solar Charger

Kinesis K3 charges smartphones

Kinesis K3

The K3 captures power from wind and sun and stores it in its internal battery. At the moment, a 4,000 mAh battery is used to charge smartphones, mp3 players, cameras, etc via the built-in USB port. LED level indicators show you the current power status with the press of a button. The Kinesis K3 can stand up, lay down or hang and it’s said to work in almost any environment.


3) Smartphone Bicycle Charger Kit

Charger that collects energy by pedal power

Bicycle Charger

The Smartphone Bicycle Charger Kit collects green energy from cycling. It starts charging as soon as you reach a speed of 4 mph and uses solely pedal power to charge smartphones and other devices. The Smartphone Bicycle Charger Kit comes with a dynamo power generator, cell phone holderbicycle USB charger, and all necessary brackets and connectors. Using it supports your own health as well as our environment.


4) Orange Sound Charge T-Shirt

Orange Sound Charge T-Shirt

Sound Charge T-Shirt

This sound charge T-Shirt is perfect for you, if you like to hang out in loud environments (a noisy office or a bar) and set no great store by your look. Its film panel acts like a microphone which absorbs acoustic waves. The waves are then converted into electric charge which is stored in a reservoir battery. It is said that with sound levels of 80dB, the sound charge T-Shirt will generate around 6 W/h. All the electronics as well as the film panel are removable so you’re able to wash it in the machine.


5) Mushroom GreenZero Charger

Mushroom GreenZero Charger

Mushroom GreenZero

If you are lucky enough to have an outlet in sight, but still want your charger to be energy efficient, the Mushroom GreenZero Charger might be the ideal solution for you. While traditional chargers continue consuming energy also after the charge is complete, this little mushroom-shaped device shuts off as soon as your smartphone is fully charged or unplugged. This helps you save energy and also your battery’s life as it makes sure your smartphone doesn’t overcharge.


There are some great ways to charge your smartphone and at the same time reduce your ecological footprint. If you happen to have a talent for training bugs, you might like this eco-friendly way of charging your phone:

June 13, 2012

How Smartphones Change the Way We Live

Posted in Just for fun by Lisa Leitner

Do you know the feeling when you go out and realize you left your phone at home? Some might run scared others are completely lost – I think we can sum it up: it’s not very enjoyable. Smartphones have become a vital part of our lives and without them we feel like only half a person.

Smartphones change the way we communicate, gather information, behave, feel and use other technologies

Most of us use their smartphone every day, to surf the internet and social media platforms, check emails, manage calendars, listen to music, play games, watch videos, take photos, read the news, write text messages and also, every now and then we use them for their original purpose, to make phone calls. Now all these activities can be done using one single device. If you think back some 25 years ago, some of them were not even possible. Consequently, smartphones have changed the way we live quite drastically.


How Smartphones Change the Way We Consume Information and Communicate

The way we consume information has changed from talking to each other to reading the newspaper to watching television, to gathering info on the web using a computer and now a smartphone. Today we can access any kind of information 24/7, wherever we are. That’s both, convenient and overwhelming. Same is true for communication. Our smartphone offers us several ways of communication: calls, text messaging, instant messaging, email, social media, blogs, etc.

The fact that we can get any information anytime we want has quite an impact on our way of living. A recent study by Columbia University found that we are very likely to forget information which we know we can easily retrieve again. Also, when we are asked questions, we tend think about how we can find the answer on the internet rather than thinking about the actual question and answering it ourselves. Basically, we’re getting lazier, because we know that we can access all kinds of information anytime.


How Smartphones Change the Way We Behave and Feel

It starts early in the morning. The first thing we do is reaching for our smartphone to turn off the alarm clock. As the day goes by we use our smartphone on the way to work, during mealtimes, at work, on the way home, in the bathroom and in bed. The smartphone has made us more sociable, or is it the other way around?

We are constantly connected and expected to have a mobile phone with us at all times. Of course, that’s convenient, but being available 24/7 is tiring, it’s a blessing and a curse. “Sorry, I wasn’t at home” has worked as an excuse 20 years ago. Today it’s like you never leave the office.


How Smartphones Change the Way We Use Technology

Our society tends to use devices that make our lives easier and more convenient. Taking this fact into account the mobile industry developed one device that made several others obsolete. Sales dropped for landline phones, desktop computers, digital cameras, mp3 players, gps devices, etc. Not too long ago there was a time, when you needed to carry all those things with you.

The desktop computer used to be the most irreplaceable tech piece in our lives, but during the last months the smartphone has taken its place. We still like to use desktop computers to handle practical tasks, while we prefer our smartphone to handle emotional ones.


Our smartphone is our personal assistant that helps us mastering our everyday life. I wouldn’t wanna live without it anymore, would you? I’d love to read your opinion in the comments!


Finally, have a look at this infographic about how phones influence our family lives:

How smartphones change our family lives

Source: CTIA/Qualtrics

June 6, 2012

The Top 5 Android Keyboards

Posted in apps, Just for fun, messaging by afeiner

It happens to everyone. You are on the go and need to immediately send a text message. However, you have no computer or tablet next to you where you could use your beloved mysms web app. There’s only one solution, you need to text on your tiny Android keyboard.
This can be a challenge and we want to ease your pain. That’s why we show you our favorite Android keyboards – one for every typing style.

Our Top 5 Android Keyboards

Our Top 5 Android Keyboards


1) Standard ICS keyboard

Android ICS: Best Android Standard Keyboard So Far

If you are already using Ice Cream Sandwich you are one of the lucky. The newest Android version contains an improved keyboard. What’s changed? Try it and you’ll see. It’s a lot faster and typos occur fewer than ever. The keyboard now contains spellchecking a better autocorrect and text prediction.

 2) SwiftKey X

SwiftKey X: This Keyboard Knows What You Are Thinking

You are not the fastest typer, but neither do you want to learn a new typing technique. In this case text prediction might be your thing. There are many apps that support this feature (even your standard Android keyboard), but only a few have focused on it and made it their main advantage. Above all, we recommend Swiftkey. Typing is very similar to your standard keyboard, but Swiftkey also gives accurate corrections and predictions. Also, SwiftKey learns your writing style. The more you write, the more accurate suggestions you will get.


3) Swype

Swype: An Easy and Fast Way To Type

Wanna try something different? Swiping has been very popular for some time now and it’s an interesting technique to try. Instead of tapping each letter separately, these keyboards let you drag your fingers across the keyboard to type a word. Swype is probably the most well known swiping keyboard and there are a few reasons for that. It is fast, easy to learn and has a huge dictionary. You will need some time to get used to it, but once you know how it works you will be blown away by your speed. If not preinstalled on your phone, you can get it on Swype’s beta page.


4) 8pen

8pen - The Keyboard For Adventurers
Looking for an adventure? Then try 8pen. It’s a gesture-based keyboard and looks completely different to all the others that I’ve mentioned above. Letters and characters are arranged in 4 divisions around a central ring. To type a letter you start from the center and swipe to the character that you want. Then you draw a loop to the center. Getting started feels more like playing a game than typing, but it can be a bit challenging. However, if you’ve figured out how to use it, 8pen works surprisingly fast.


5) MessagEase

MessagEase - Different But Worth Trying


Open to another experiment? MessagEase is worth a try and quite different to the traditional typing style. The keyboard is organized in nine keys, each holding one of the most used letters and one (or more) secondary letter. The most used letters can be tapped as usual. To access the secondary letters tap the key and swipe to the side. Once used to it, you won’t be able to stop texting.


Are we missing your favorite keyboard app in our list? Just add your suggestions and thoughts in the comments!