Fusion, the Android SMS app designed by Redditors, goes live

SMS messages are a big part of modern phones, and there are plenty of alternative apps offering enhancements or improvements. Fusion Messenger is another entry and was built by one guy with heavy feedback from Redditors.

The creator, who goes by the name ShortFuse, built the app after asking users on Reddit what they wanted to see on Android. The biggest request was an SMS app fusing (hence the name) numerous messaging services.

As the Play Store description warns, it remains a beta for now, but ShortFuse is definitely keen to make everything work. In the space of a day, the app has went from version 0.23 to 0.28. Now that’s dedication. Initial impressions on the Play Store have been remarkably positive, with some people calling it a “real alternative”, and an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 at the time of writing.

Android enthusiasts will likely have heard of ShortFuse, since he’s the man behind SuperOneclick as well. At present limitations on the Fusion beta mean it doesn’t show existing conversations, but that’ll change when it goes public.

Fusion’s future has been pretty carefully planned out too, with the next release hoping to link Steam, Google Talk, and Reddit under the same roof. In the future, it might even add multiple Google Voice accounts as well as Facebook.

Source: Reddit's /r/Android and Google Play

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It comes with serious downsides. Your argument about not putting silly apps on your phone is monstrously invalid. 99% of Android customers are the opposite of geeks. They're people who wanted to get a phone on a lower contract (as Android phones are typically lower quality / price than iPhones), and they have no idea about tech sites, geek tools you can use on the phone and / or anything to do with it beyond facebook, instagram and text messaging. And without those people buying into these phones, these phones wouldn't exist.

This is what is wrong with the Google Play Store. It's a mess, full of dodgy beta software and unfinished, unpolished, and unsafe software. Not saying this one is unsafe, but beta testing over Google's mainstream app store is just crazy. How many unfinished apps are on the Play Store? A lot. This means a lot of people who aren't so tech savvy could be installing crap software ... and it could be damaging to their enjoyment of the product. I think Google's open policy is stupid, and I hope that at some point , they tidy up their approval process. I know a couple of people now who've had adverse affects on their system due to dodgy software which only after being reported many times, Google took down. It shouldn't have gone up in the first place! For the record, I'm the lead designer on our Android team. I do love Android dev, and I enjoy the flexibility we have. I just do not like the open system that allows you to just upload any old s**t.

Sounds like those people should l2phone and read reviews.

The main attraction I had to Android was the open policy, anyone can make something and send it up. Does it come with some downsides? Sure, but it leads to more niche apps and a makes the whole experience more interesting IMO.

If they cant be trusted not to put silly apps on their phone they probably shouldn't be trusted with installing software on a PC either

In the space of a day, the app has went from version 0.23 to 0.28. Now that's dedication

No thats called bumping up the revision number...

AS long as the collaboration can have a setting to be turned off then turned on, then yeah this should be adopted!

I looked at it, didn't install it. I will not use a beta product like it for one of the important things I use my mobile phone for (sms send and receive)....next thing you know, it's sending my messages to the wrong person. who can I blame if this happens? no, one cause it's a beta application. so I'll pass.

1) This isn't SMS. SMS is a mobile-to-mobile service that operates via registered phone numbers, no matter what your app does or claims to do, unless it sends SMS messages compatible with all current and previous devices that can recieve SMS messages, YOU APP IS NOT A DARN SMS MESSAGING APP.
2) All it lists here and on the google play page is that is 'merges a number of services' like what? I don't see a list of anything it's (currently) compatible with.

n_K said,
1) This isn't SMS. SMS is a mobile-to-mobile service that operates via registered phone numbers, no matter what your app does or claims to do, unless it sends SMS messages compatible with all current and previous devices that can recieve SMS messages, YOU APP IS NOT A DARN SMS MESSAGING APP.

This does send SMS messages. Does not send MMS messages yet but will be available in a future build.
2) All it lists here and on the google play page is that is 'merges a number of services' like what? I don't see a list of anything it's (currently) compatible with.

SMS, Google Voice, MMS (Future), Google Talk (Future), Reddit (Future), Steam (Future), Facebook (Future) and Multiple Google Voice Accounts (Future)

Source: http://shortfuse.org/?p=323

Even right on the Google Play page for it it says: "Currently supporting SMS and Google Voice." It's an error on Neowin's part to call it an SMS app when it's a messaging app, but the app itself doesn't claim anything of the sort. It says it's a "new app that fuses popular messaging services".

The app is useful for me - but I don't know what the deal is with naming it an app made by redditors. Anyone can make a reddit account, I can even make one for my cat. Mouse caught by redditor, will it hit front page?

Has to do with the community. Good example would be the Neowin Minecraft server, or when they were working on their own Linux distro called Shift.