Meshin for Android tackles communication chaos

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Meshin, a Xerox-funded incubator project at PARC, updated its beta Android application that hopes to “bring order to communication chaos.” The free software smartly indexes your contacts as well as all of your communications with them, in order to provide faster access to relevant information. The new beta version includes a number of user interface improvements and gives users the chance to provide additional feedback to the Meshin team.

The software is meant as a communication hub that unifies Gmail, phone calls, text messages and social network streams into a centralized application. Meshin also learns which contacts are more important, so that their messages and interactions appear higher in the list of communications.

Among the new changes in this version: full screen support; easily change view from VIP to All messages; recently contacted people are automatically added; people search; tap a contact for a full historical message stream; tap and hold to contact a person. In this short video from our recent GigaOM Mobilize event, Meshin Product Manager, Ned Hayes, explains Meshin in detail.

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Similar to Xobni, Friday, my6Sense, ReQall Rover and other software solutions, Meshin is trying to tackle the growing challenge of incoming messages and separating the important ones from the “noise”. So there’s a number of companies working on this problem. However, I’m surprised that these applications aren’t getting adopted by the mass market: More people are buying smartphones, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that these same people are or will be inundated by notifications and messages.

Am I the only one with “communication chaos” or do I just have too many digital contacts across my work and personal worlds? Regardless, I’m keeping an eye on this space. It won’t be too long before we start to see consumers toss their smartphones in disgust as they constantly get pinged from social networks or wake up daily to overflowing inboxes on their handset.

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