It's impossible that you haven't heard of ICQ Messenger yet. The app, which has been around since 1996, is a dinosaur of the new forms of communication that has provided the Internet. Of course, the now Russian-owned company could not fail to integrate the Android platform application, but with news such as video chatting and image sharing. If you want to know more about ICQ Messenger performance on smartphones, keep reading our review today.
Functions & Usage
AndroidPIT has published ICQ tests in other languages a few years ago. The conclusion of our foreign colleagues was that he arrived a little late for the mobile device environment. However, after these years, a new version for Android was released (just a short time ago) and our curiosity was piqued again: how is the new version of ICQ?
ICQ for Android is a chat program that comes with features such as push notifications, the option to chat with contacts on your list, chat using video and share images. It is totally up to you whether you want to run it via Gtalk ICQ, a Facebook plugin or by integrating the app with a phone number. All of these options are very well integrated into the user interface.
The previous version, for example, did not give us the option to dial using the contacts listed on the phone and we have no doubt that this is why WhatsApp easily supplanted ICQ. However, the update has brought other functions that may leave this competitor to see ships.
That's why ICQ developers have decided to create an app (a new version, of course) that has advantages for its users. A fact to note that ICQ does not spend so much battery with other chat apps. Of course this is relative and totally dependent on how much messages the user receives and how much he interacts with that app.
There are, however, some disadvantages we want to talk about. For example, you cannot avoid using automatic startup. At least we were unable to find a way to change this setting on any of the four devices we used to do our testing. And this is crucial, after all, who decides when you want to type or not you, the user, and not him, the App.
Regarding Facebook, something strange happened. If you ever uninstall ICQ and thereby disable the Facebook plugin, it may happen that receiving messages through Facebook (ie the integrated chat function) will stop working. Maybe the problem is with the Facebook app. However, we have already hinted that if you have problems with Facebook chat after the situation described above, you might want to install and uninstall ICQ again. Since we are talking about Facebook, one more fact: It is not possible to upload the Facebook chat history afterwards to ICQ.
The app could also benefit from minor changes, such as a standby type or smarter disconnect button placement.
ICQ Messenger is an impressive app and undoubtedly an elite member of Instant Chat Apps. Its biggest problem seems to remain the slight delay in adapting to the mobile device market. However, it is still a great option for users who want to combine their Facebook, Gtalk contacts and their old ICQ contacts.
Screen & Controls
ICQ Messenger graphics are average, but the user interface is quite familiar thanks to the typical colors of ICQ. As for using the app, some of the features that made the controls easier have disappeared. Including the option to slide your finger across the individual tabs. Not to mention that we don't think the app is well suited to the design of Android 4.0 ICS. An example of this problem is that when running the app on devices like X One, a black bar appears at the bottom of the screen, which is not quite right.
Speed & Stability
ICQ Messenger has performed exceptionally well on all of the older devices (HTC Desire, HTC Sensation. HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy Gio). Without cuelgues, delay the forier cierres.
Price / Performance Ratio
ICQ Messenger for Android can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.
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