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GupShup Launches GupShup Messenger On Android; Our Take

It looks like group messaging company, Gupshup (previously known as SMS Gupshup), has finally launched its GupShup Messenger app, after announcing it in November, last year. The app is currently available on Android for free and according to the company website, it plans to release the app on various mobile platforms including on iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, feature phones, in addition to SMS. Our Take Registration: Similar to other messaging apps, GupShup Messenger prompts users to sign up for the service by entering their phone number and verifying it, when the user fires up the application for the first time. Following the verification, the app suggests featured communities/topics which users can follow, although we are not sure if the company suggests these communities based on their popularity or any other parameter. Homescreen: The homescreen of GupShup Messenger is divided into five different sections - Activity, Public, Private, Explore and More. The Activity section provides a feed of all recent activity happening within the app. This includes the group and private messages one has received, public updates shared by the user's friends, and latest updates from the communities/topics the user has subscribed to.   One can tap on any message to open in a different screen to reply to that message, view replies or share the message with any specific friend. Users can also browse through information about the group, view their previous messages and join the group if the user finds it appealing. Alternatively, users can also long press on any message in the…

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