SHAPE Services, maker of IM+, a multi-service mobile instant messenger for mobile platforms, has released an update 3.0 for its iPhone version today (June 8). It says IM+ 3.0 will combine leading messaging systems and social networks.

These include Facebook Chat, Yahoo, AIM / MobileMe, MSN / Windows Live, ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk, MySpaceIM and now Skype Chat and Twitter

The company says IM+ is the only mobile messenger to support the broadest range of popular services on all smartphones.

Earlier, SHAPE Services announced to support Facebook chat and avatars in its IM+ messenger for BlackBerry smartphones. Facebook users can exchange text instant messages with smileys, send files, log in into multiple accounts simultaneously and preview avatar images of their buddies in contact list.  (Read: Shape for Your Facebook Chat on BlackBerry Phones)

Following the official Apple iPhone 3.0 SDK release (expected today), SHAPE will issue an update utilizing OS 3.0 features such as push notifications.

In March, Apple had previewed its iPhone OS 3.0 software and announced the availability of a beta software release to registered developers. It provides new Software Development Kit (SDK), over 1,000 Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and 100 new features. (Read: Apple iPhone OS 3.0 Beta Comes with 100 New Features)

“IM+ with push notifications is ready! Users will be prompted to update shortly after iPhone OS 3.0 release. This update will be free,” says Igor Berezovsky, SHAPE’s CEO.

IM+ 3.0 Lite, a free ad-based version of IM+, has also expanded its functionality, says the company. Besides Twitter, some features previously available in paid version only were added: Stay Online, IM Push, Send photo, Send location and Send voice.

Currently, IM+ 3.0 Lite is in testing in App Store.


About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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