Nimbuzz has always been one of the top applications for Symbian in terms of stability, usablility, and design. Allowing your phone’s theme to color the application makes it feel like a built-in app, even more so than some of Nokia’s own applications they release. If you’re looking for the “all-in-one” solution for your IM needs on a mobile device Nimbuzz is usually the best choice, especially for Nokia users. You can connect to all the major IM protocals including Facebook, AIM, Windows Live, and Myspace. Need a Twitter app? Nimbuzz has you covered.
Nimbuzz 3.0 was just released and brings a lot of updates and a few new features. This new version was announced at their official blog last week outlining the details. Here are some of the key changes…
Customizable tabs: select which tabs you want to see and in what order. NimbuzzOut call rates are displayed in real time below the number before placing the call. Recent calls tab: see all your received, missed and outgoing calls. 2 new chat styles: with avatars and without. 3 options to view the Contact List. Sort contacts by status. My info tab: gives you quick access to your profile, NimbuzzOut credits, accounts, suggested friends and friend invites. Facebook Connect: removes the 400 contacts limit and connectivity issues.
One feature I rarely take advantage of is NimbuzzOut. It allows you to make calls through the app to any number – all done over your data connection. I hardly ever need it and when I do I’m scared of not knowing how much I’ll be charged to call a landline. With the new feature in the 2nd bullet I can now see the rates of the number I’m calling before placing the call. I won’t hesitate to use NimbuzzOut now that I know how much I’ll be charged.
Another awesome feature is in the chat dialog. When someone sends you a picture over chat it is displayed in the chat window without having to open it (unless you want to of course).
Want to use the Facebook Connect features? They are plentiful. Check out these updates…
Eliminates disconnect errors Removes the 400 contacts limit View the status message of your Facebook friends
Not anything breathtaking but it’s good to see the updates coming.
Finally, take a look at this video overview of Nimbuzz 3.0 put together by the Nimbuzz team to see the application in action…
Nimbuzz 3.0 has not yet hit the Ovi Store but you can download it from this link. It’s available now for just about all Symbian smartphones all the way back to the Nokia N73. Oh and be sure to check out our must-have N8 apps list in our Symbian Forums.