Palringo

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Palringo
Palringo Logo.png
Developer(s) Palringo Limited
Initial release 2006
Stable release

iOS: 6.8.0.1 25 March 2014; 3 months ago (2014-03-25);
Android: 5.12.2 3 April 2014; 3 months ago (2014-04-03);
Microsoft Windows: 2.8.1;

Mac OS X: 4.6.4 24 July 2012; 23 months ago (2012-07-24);
Development status Active
Operating system iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X,
Type Instant messaging client
License Freemium
Website www.palringo.com

Palringo is a British[1] server-based group-focused instant messaging application with active development for iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Phone. Palringo utilises the premium model to provide Premium functionality.

Groups[edit]

Palringo Groups are the basis of the Palringo Community. Any user can create (or own) a group - requiring only a unique name - and after creation any Palringo users can join the group. Groups are typically focused around a topic or interest, such as people's various hobbies, sport, gaming, technology, entertainment, etc., or as a way for friends to keep in touch. Users of Palringo can find existing groups via the Groups Gallery,[2] available in-app.

The Groups Gallery contains many sub-categories, as well as a Popular listing, and Local groups - such as the city the user is in. Group owners can remove their group from this listing by declaring it ex-directory - only allowing those with knowledge of the room's existence access.

Groups have a maximum member limit of 2,500 users, and non-Premium users can be members of up to 25 groups at any given time - this limit is increased to 100 groups for users that hold a Premium Account.[3] A Group Owner can appoint a team of moderators to aid in the management of the group. There are two levels of moderators on Palringo; Mods, who may kick, silence, or ban a user, and an Admin, who may also appoint/remove Mods. There is no limit to the number of Admin/Mods a group may have.

Users can purchase Internet Relay Chat bots to provide extra entertainment and functionality to groups.[4]

Protocol[edit]

Palringo uses a proprietary protocol that allows communication between other Palringo users - supporting group chat, voice, photo messaging.

Palringo Local[edit]

Palringo offers a technology, Palringo Local, which allows users to set and view peers, or groups, location via manual setting, Global Positioning System (GPS), triangulation, or estimation over the current internet network.[5] It uses the Google Maps API to display peer locations, and also offers a "Nearby" section in group and friend lists to show nearby users.

History[edit]

Clients were also available for Java ME, Symbian, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile, but it was announced in March 2012 that these would no longer be supported.[6]

Palringo used to support several third-party protocols, including OSCAR, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, XMPP and Gadu-Gadu,[7] though the support was revoked in favour of the native group messaging system.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Overview of Palringo Limited". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Palringo Ltd. "Groups Gallery". Palringo Ltd. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. 
  3. ^ Palringo Ltd. "Premium Accounts". Palringo Ltd. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. 
  4. ^ Palringo Ltd. "Premium Accounts". Palringo Ltd. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ Dennis, Tony (23 October 2008). "Palringo offers free friend finding facility". The Inquirer. Incisive Financial Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Palringo. "Palringo to drop support for Symbian/Java/BlackBerry/Windows Mobile". Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (29 July 2008). "One Palringo to rule iPhone IM?". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Joe (26 April 2012). "Palringo dropping support for all 3rd Party IMs (MSN/Yahoo/GTalk etc)". Parlingo Knowledge Base. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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