With Kik Messenger running into growing pains other companies are trying to step in on their turf. The latest is Pinch which already covers Apple and Android devices. They let us know that their BlackBerry app will be available later this month with some features that other messenger apps don’t have like a leader board and prizes. They plan on also allowing users to chat from the web and Facebook which is also a nice perk.
Here are the key benefits Pinch is promoting:
- Makes it easy to stay connected and interact with your contacts, without having to switch between applications. With Pinch you can send messages and animated emoticons, explore cities through games and competitions, and find people with an interactive pin-map powered by Google.
- You can add friends directly from your phone contacts, Facebook, or Twitter and group them by category. Your friends, colleagues, and family can each be kept in their own easy- to-access group.
- Never spend money on SMS again. Pinch uses your existing data plan to find and interact with friends from all around the world, without using your phone’s SMS function.
- Pinch’s unique leaderboard adds games and friendly competition for users. Every time you use Pinch to send messages and check locations, accumulate points to win prizes, such as the iPad and other fun giveaways.