Beluga for Android

Beluga has quickly become one of our favorite group messaging/chat/IM clients on Android, so much so that we gave it the old college try during CES in January -- not exactly a time to be testing anything for the first time. But the secret's out, Belga's a hit -- and it just got purchased by Facebook.

The good news is that nothing's changed yet -- Beluga's "Pods" remain, and the service is a cool as it ever was. Here's the official word from Beluga's blog:

Since launching Beluga, we've appreciated all the enthusiasm and positive feedback from our users. We're excited to continue to build our vision for mobile group messaging as part of the Facebook team. Beluga and Facebook are committed to create new and better ways to communicate and share group experiences.

For now, Beluga will continue to function as it does today. Your Beluga account and data will not be lost. We'll be providing more details on future plans for Beluga in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

It's not too big a leap to imagine Beluga being integrated into Facebook chat. Question is will we still be able to use it outside of the Facebook ecosystem. We'll know when we know. [Beluga]

 
There are 16 comments

Roshizzle731 says:

Yay?

Messaging for fb? Dont we have messeging on fb...

FreudSlipped says:

It's like saying "More Cow bell".

hmmm says:

I would use Beluga but not if it means I have to sign up for Facebook. I would never sign up for anything requiring Facebook.

pearljam5000 says:

im sick of facebook

Beluga was a nice app, too. Oh well. Uninstalled.

xeroslash says:

bye bye beluga. i hardly knew ye.

icebike says:

The big news here is that Ben, Lucy, and Jon from Beluga are shopping for yachts and cars.

Good for them. Way to go team Beluga.

They managed to ditch a "Yet another messaging app in a sea of such apps" for big bucks. Sweet.

jiffy says:

I like GroupMe. Seems to be just like Beluga without the Facebook clutter.

Does this app do cross-platform group chat for BB, iPhone and android?

aphrony says:

beluga is available for android and iphone, on their site it said they were working on BB, but you can always go to belugapods.com and log in on there and it works pretty much ok on my android phone. assuming it works on ok BB and maybe windows phone? i haven't tried though.

marioduenaz says:

Adios Beluga......uninstalled! Go GroupMe!

Daethian says:

WUGH!!! I love Beluga and despise Facebook. My favorite app in I don't know how long now ruined by the taint of Facebook. #Fail

WHYYYY?!?!?!? oh well. it was good while it lasted. Uninstalled

krazyfiend says:

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news GroupMe fans..but Facebook also bought it...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2011/03/heres_the_dirty_secret...

sigh.

Phil4 says:

Check ReChat (Android chat):
- Facebook, Yahoo!®, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP;
- group chat (Yahoo!®, Google Talk, XMPP);
- free SMS worldwide BETA (with replies for USA/Canada);
- plain/bubble view, font packs, send image/video;

Facebook features: upload image/video, send image/video, send message (as private event or wall post).
Yahoo!® features: conferences (create/invite), add/remove contacts.
Google Talk features: group chat, new email notification, unread emails w/o content.
Jabber/XMPP features: rooms (create/invite), add/remove contacts.