Boxcar to Become Multi-Platform App on Mobile Devices and Desktops

By April 01, 2011
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Social network notification tool Boxcar will move from an iPhone- and Web-only app to Apple desktops, then to Windows and Android devices in the coming weeks.

Another application is moving from mobile to other platforms - social network notifier Boxcar is moving from the iPhone to Apple desktops, and to other platforms as soon as next month.

The app connects to several networks, and announces when the user gets an email, Facebook message, Twitter reply, Foursquare check-in, etc. It also can connect to Google Voice for SMS and voicemail access, as well as Twitter lists, custom searches and trends. Besides social connections, the app can recommend other apps based on others on the phone.

Until today the app was only available for iOS devices and the Web, but will now appear on Macs, and shortly will be available on Windows and Android - phone and tablet versions. ReadWriteWeb even predicts a version for Google TV. As for the desktop version, creator Jonathan George says in TechCrunch, "[w]e built it because we were tired of picking up our phones all the time to see what messages we'd gotten," said George."

Boxcar's emphasis is on informing people wherever they are, no matter what device they are near. TechCrunch's MG Siegler is in love with Boxcar, and reviewed the Mac version. George was quoted by Siegler saying that Boxcar wants to deliver messages to people "on your phone, tablet, desktop, TV or car. It doesn't matter to us, as long as it gets to you."

Siegler finds the Boxcar Mac app less distracting than the full Twitter app, and notes that Boxcar is not available in the Mac App Store. It will likely appear there after it is a more stable and tested form, instead of this "large-scale beta of sorts."

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