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Message quickly and easily from anywhere with our tablet, web, and Chrome/Firefox apps.
Easy - download the app from it's Play Store page, then come back here to find all the platform add-ons!
We are not looking to make much money off this product. It was built because, "cool, look what we can do!", and since we wanted something like this to use ourselves.
The text messaging side of Pulse will be completely free. Use the app just like you would any other text messaging app on your phone, and you will pay NOTHING! Pretty cool right?
That being said, you will have to pay for a membership to use the app on any device other than your phone. The service has a 1 week, free trial as well!
For the paid portion of the app, you will be able to choose between a one-time, LIFETIME, membership for $10.99 or pay with a subscription for $0.99 / month, $1.99 every 3 months, OR $5.99 / year. So you will have the option to pay as you go, or pay up front for a bit of a discount. We feel as though these are VERY REASONABLE prices and hope you agree.
This is due to some system constraints. Before Android 5.0, many third party apps had issues sending MMS messages, our apps included. When Android 5.0 came out, Google included a system level method for sending MMS messages, that this app relies on.
If you are not on Android 5.0+ and still would like to try out our work, EvolveSMS is our other messaging product, tailored much more towards power users, looking for an insanely custom look with a crazy amout of different features and configuration options. It comes highly recommended, check it out!
For people that have used Klinker Apps work in the past, you know that our other messaging app EvolveSMS, has been out for around three years now. We do not consider Pulse to be in direct competition with EvolveSMS.
EvolveSMS is all about the power user. Completely custom layouts with a crazy powerful theme engine for custom theme support. Settings pages full of tweaks and options to make things completely your own. A massive feature set full of things that most people do not understand, need, or use. All of these things have directly influenced the success of EvolveSMS, but they are NOT for everyone.
Pulse looks to change that. This is Klinker Apps product that is beautiful right out of the box, has a bunch of color customizations for those that want it, has some awesome, text messaging, features (blacklisting, scheduled messages, mutes, snooze mode, per contact notification settings, pinned conversations), and has one killer feature: seamless support for texting from literally anywhere.
It didn't make sense to add tablet/web support like this to EvolveSMS. We wanted some thing simplier, something that just worked, so Pulse was born.
All the features and customization comes for free in Pulse, so the good news is, you are not missing out on a thing!
In EvolveSMS, desktop messaging was always an add-on that you had to go through a third party provider for (Yappy or Pushbullet). With Pulse there is no reason to go through and continue paying for these third party providers any longer. Since this is the way it was in Evolve, you will not receive a discount on the membership costs.
This is something I would love to have, however, it may take time without Google's support. They bought Jibe (a company focused on bringing RCS to the masses) in Sept. 2015. It still took them well over a year to roll out support after that million dollar buyout. I don't have those funds right now, so without support from Google (which I am hoping they will provide), it isn't realistic to think that RCS will come quickly to any third party applications.
On top of that, the specifications are not public. No apps will even be able to consider adding it until the protocols are available. Once they are made public, I will be able to investigate implementing them further. RCS support should be tracked on this issue.
Message from Anywhere (Account Help)
Obviously the first (and FREE) way to access your messages, is through our Android app. Just download it and use it like any other text messaging app on your phone!
There is also support for accessing your messages from ANYWHERE. If you subscribe to our service, you can create an account with us and send messages through a number of different methods:
- Android Tablet App
- Android TV App
- Enhanced Android Wear notifications! View the conversation, reply to messages, and insert canned responses.
- Stand-alone Google Chrome App
- Google Chrome Browser Extension
- Firefox Browser Extension
We recommend trying either the Google Chrome app or extension. Both of these will give you desktop notifications, as well as automatically refresh themselves as new messages arrive.
This app is an SMS app, and SMS is highly insecure by its nature. There is no way to encrypt or protect your conversations as they go between you and your contacts, any SMS/MMS app telling you otherwise is lying to you.
Along with SSL (obviously), we use strong, end-to-end, encryption techniques, for your messages going to and from our server, to ensure your data is kept secure and no one but you can access it (even us!).
This means that on our servers, your messages are encrypted using your password and even we cannot see what they contain. The only way to decrypt them is with your password within one of our official apps.
Was this overview not enough (or technical enough) for you? Please check out the technical overview for a much more detailed look, and to find out how you can verify it yourself.
Check out this page to find out what you can do!
To send messages, we rely on Google's Firebase service. Firebase manages sending push notifications to your phone. Unfortunately there is no way around this third party reliance.
If messages stop being sent from the web, then something undoubtably got out of date, whether on Firebase's end or ours, and that will need to be fixed. Luckily, it is an easy fix.
Within the app, simply delete the current account, then create a new account. It will take a few minutes, but will get you back up and running. Of course, you will not have to pay again, as the subscriptions are tied to your Google account, not the Pulse account.
Yes, this is what our entire service is based around. Login to your account on any device and it will get the messages.
However, it should be noted that the messages that the app restores do not go to any apps other than ours, they will not be able to be seen in you default messaging application, at this time.
It should also be noted that this is a feature that comes with your subscription or lifetime membership. Since the subscription allows you to create an account, it will not be possible to apply the backup to an unsubscribed user.
Yes, this would be possible. Please continue reading for some notes on how.
Our app centralizes around the idea of a "primary device" that all SMS/MMS communication has to go through. Whenever you log in with a phone (not tablet), that has a phone number, this device gets set as your "primary device". So, whatever phone you sign in with last, will be the one that text messages are actually sent through.
So, if you have two phones ("x" and "y"), pick which phone number you want to actually sent send messages through, then just ensure that you log in to that phone last. I would recommend the following procedure:
- Pick phone "x" as the device that you want to send messages through.
- Create an account using phone "x" so that its messages are the ones synced to the cloud.
- Log in to your account using phone "y".
- Clear the app data on phone "x" so that you can do a clean sign in again.
- When you sign in to the app on phone "x", it will set this device as the primary device, and you will be able to see the original messages that were stored on that device
Sorry the procedure isn't easier to follow. This scenario isn't at all the goal of this app. However, this method will work just fine.
The Play Store is in charge on managing purchase restorations, and sometimes they really suck at it. You can see this gripe with any developer that manages in-app purchases on Google Play.
If this happens to you, please follow these steps:
- Sign up for a new trial within the app. This will allow you to log into your account and start using the app.
- Send me an email that contains the original order number for your puchase.
- I will use that to upgrade your account manually
- You can then go to the Play Store and cancel your new trial, so that you do not get charged again
Whenever you log in, at this time, it will clear your internal database and download everything from the cloud to your device. There is an issue open to change this functionality, that I hope to finish soon. Until that is done:
- Delete your account from within the Android app
- Clear the app data and reopen the app, so that it goes through the initial message import, again.
- Create a new account within the app. It will allow you to use your original email, and it will not have you pay again, of course.
Picture/Group Messaging Support (MMS)
If you send me an email, we can try to troublesoot possible solutions to the problem! I can also get more information this way, so that the process can be improved for the future.
Pulse relies completely on system level methods to send MMS messages. So if it isn't working with our app, something useful to let us know about is if it is working with your stock app, or Google's own Messenger app.
The majority of carriers enforce a 1 MB size limit on MMS attachments. This unfortunately means that the quality and resolution of content like videos needs to be decreased (sometimes substantially) so that it can fit under that limit, but still be useful to the recipient.
Since this restriction is already in place through carriers, it is not something we will be able to work around or improve in the app.
Tips and Tricks
As of now, you cannot find contact groups from the compose screen in our app.
The easy work around, though, is to just go to your Contacts app, find the group, and start the conversation from there.
Within any conversation, if you have a dual SIM device, there will be a little "SIM" button next to the attach button. Selecting it will allow you to select which SIM card you want to use. Your selection will be saved for the next time you open the conversation.
Both sent and received messages will display what SIM they were sent from, next to the timestamp. To see this, click on any message.
If you are having issues with the dual SIM functionality, some devices handle it differently. Please check out this issue for more information on how to get it working!
This will come in future revisions. If it is something you need right now, we recommend downloading our Chrome app or extension that both contain this functionality.
This is because you are getting a notification from both the Chrome app and extension. Uninstalling one of these will get rid of the double notifiation issue.
Something probably got off in the push notification configuration. The fix is pretty easy. Just log out on the Chrome app/extension, then uninstall it from "chrome://extensions/", then reinstall and log in again.
Support, Contact, and Feature Requests
I would LOVE that! All of our translations are crowd-sourced through OneSky app.
If you make a contribution, let me know via any of the methods below and I will be sure to pull your changes into the app!
Yes, OF COURSE. We are excited to hear from our users and how we can improve the app! Feel free to reach out to us and let us know of your ideas. We are a very small team, so some things will take time, but we try to get things done reasonably quickly, especially when we are also excited about your idea!
Feel free to give requests through any communication medium, but the best place to make a report would be on our public issue tracker. If you are going to submit a request through this tool, please be sure to read the README that is opened from the link, search through the current requests to avoid duplication, and follow the template for submitting requests.
The best place to give a bug report would be on our public issue tracker. If you are going to submit a report through this tool, please be sure to read the README that is opened from the link, search through the current issues to avoid duplication, and follow the template for submitting requests.
We are also active on pretty much all forms of social media. If you get in touch with us through some method, chance are VERY high that we will see it. The best place to report bugs would be our Google+ Community or through email, since those methods don't have any text size limitations.