TextPlus Brings Photos To Its Free-Text iPhone AppSeptember 09, 2010
by Jefferson Graham
Gogii, the Los Angeles company behind the popular TextPlus app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, launched a new version of the app today with a bonus feature—photo texting.
CEO Scott Lahman says photo texting has been one of the most requested features from users, to the point where virtually every email request was, “please add pictures, please add photos,” he says. “Every time we added a new feature, we’d get an angry note, `Why’d you add that instead of photos?’”
So now photo texting is part of Text Plus 4, which takes advantage of the new front-facing camera on both the iPhone4 and new iPod Touch. Each time a text is sent, a photo booth-like quick snapshot of you is taken to include in the text. Or, you can send other pictures stored on your device.
TextPlus is a free app that lets users text for free (iPhone carrier AT&T charges for the service) and creates communities akin to the old AOL chat rooms. The app is ad-supported.
TextPlus is one of the most popular apps in the App Store universe. Over 500,000 texts are sent every day from the app, which has seen 8.5 million downloads.