If we all have one thing in common, it’s that we hate dealing with spam. Whether it’s in your e-mailbox, physical post, calls or SMS messages – private or professional – it’s something we just can’t escape. The best way to deal with spam is still at the your descretion, but mobile and desktop apps are catching up fast allowing you to filter through what you want to attend to and what not. So which ones can help you get the closest to inbox zero nirvana?
More than anything, a good messaging app should be fast. Refreshing your inbox, loading messages — none of these things should take more than a second or two. It should also give you plenty of different ways to deal with the daily SMS deluge. That means letting you do things like reply, archive, delete, or schedule messages with swipes or taps, while also giving you easy access to other services like your gallery for attaching files for multimedia messages (yes, people still send those).
Beside powerful options, a good messaging app should also have a great design — not just so that it’s easy on the eyes, but so it’s easy to use. If an app makes it too hard to glance at your inbox and know what’s important, it’s time to try a different messaging client. Which is more than what I can say for the standard build-in messaging apps we get with our *cough, Samsung* handsets.
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On the brighter side of things, popular call screening app Truecaller has introduced their younger sister, Truemessenger to us earlier this week. Similar to Truecaller, Truemessenger allows users to filter and block spam by tapping into vibrant community of more than 150 million members who help protect one another from annoying intrusions. The app supports Android devices (for now), covering most of the popular devices on the markets. It’s the closest you’ll get to feeling like you have a personal assistant in your hands. All that took for me to get the app was a simple download from the Android Play Store.
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On launch the app will prompt you to customise it according to your use and let you select spammers (numbers or contacts) from those already in your inbox and it cleverly recommends those that other Truemessenger users have flagged. Its up to you whether you select these or not. And you’re done.
Once you’ve attended to the few (read; two) simple setup prompts – and setting it as your native messaging app – you’ll instantly notice how more refined, clean and refreshed Truemessenger’s take on SMS messages is. I installed it on my Huawei Mate 7 and P8 smartphones, I hardly use my Alcatel Pop 7 tablet but I had to try it out here too. At first glance all your wanted texts are starring back at you in a cleaner format while those you’ve marked as spam are stored separate in the ‘Spam Inbox’ as you select this on the bottom right of your device’s screen. You’ll hardly ever notice the Spam Inbox is there; For starters this folder has a rather disturbing, vibrant red colour. Enough to put you off for good. Secondly, there are no notifications or notices that there are new items in your spam folder, you’ll notice new content should you ‘accidentally’ access this folder.
But the best part about Truemessenger is all the stuff it does that other SMS and email apps, such as iOS’s stunted native client or Android’s can’t do, like integrating your inbox with its Truecaller network and scans social networks and databases to assign photos, nicknames, and other contact information to the incoming message without even leaving the app.
Truecaller, by way of Acompli, has really set a high standard here. Truemessenger honestly feels like a next-generation messaging app, something that will force its competitors – if there are ever any – to do a lot of work to catch up. If you want full control over your inbox, who gets to text and call you and all other services that surround it, Truemessenger is your only choice.