Fresh iPhone Apps for Aug. 14: imo instant messenger, Sing!, Kingdoms & Lords

Aug 14, 2012
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Imo instant messenger leads today’s Fresh iPhone Apps with a new voice chat feature that lets users turn their iPhones into a walkie talkie. If you’d rather not talk, you can sing with the help of Sing!, Smule’s new karaoke app. Finally, Gameloft’s Kingdoms & Lords combines turn-based role-playing battles with simulation game strategy. imo […]

Imo instant messenger leads today’s Fresh iPhone Apps with a new voice chat feature that lets users turn their iPhones into a walkie talkie. If you’d rather not talk, you can sing with the help of Sing!, Smule’s new karaoke app. Finally, Gameloft’s Kingdoms & Lords combines turn-based role-playing battles with simulation game strategy.

imo instant messenger update (iPhone) Free

Instant messaging app imo has added a big new feature in its latest update: voice calling. The app already allows users to add their various IM accounts from a number of services, including AOL Instant Messenger, Skype, Google Talk and ICQ. You can send messages over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to anybody you normally talk to through those services on your PC or other apps. You can also send photos and other media to your contacts.

With the voice calling update, users can communicate through voice with other users of the app, effectively turning your iPhone into a walkie-talkie. The app also provides Push notifications for when you receive messages and supports group messaging.

Sing! Join the global karaoke party! (iPhone, iPad) Free

Last week, music app maker Smule launched Ocarina 2 and Sing!, a karaoke app that lets you participate in “song groups” with people over the Internet. You get to sing along to different songs with just about anybody. You can also save your own performances and share them with friends via Facebook.

Sing! includes a catalog of songs and each download is available for an in-app purchase of $0.99. Singing along with others is free, however, and you can also use the app’s Facebook connectivity to leave and read comments about your songs.

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Kingdoms & Lords (iPhone, iPad) Free

The latest title from Gameloft mixes a little bit of Farmville-style management gameplay with a turn-based tactical role-playing game. In Kingdoms & Lords it’s your job to build up the land and structures such as housing and barracks, while collecting taxes to fund your kingdom’s development.

Building and managing all that stuff is only part of the equation, because you’ll also need to engage in battles with other kingdoms in order to progress or defend yourself. You can also attack your friends with your troops to see who has the strongest strategic mind, and upgrade your holdings and weapons along the way to make yourself more powerful.

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