App Preview: Balloons! for iPhone and iPod Touch
Balloons! is a social messaging app much like Distant Shores. However, rather than sending your message in a bottle, you use a balloon. I’ve had a beta version of Balloons! installed on my iPhone for a couple of weeks now. While this is just a preview/beta version, the app is rather fun and addicting.
The idea behind the app is that you attach a photo and a message to a balloon then launch it into the air. The balloon will be caught somewhere in the world by another Balloons! app user. The next user can then add a message and another photo and relaunch it, essentially creating a chain of messages on the balloon. With each user that the balloon finds, the collection of messages and photos grows. If you’d rather just launch a new balloon, you can do that too. Simply select your balloon type (fast speed vs. normal speed or high altitude vs normal and more), enter your name (if you wish), take a pic to send, and add a message. Then, touch launch, and your message is off.
When I got my hands on the beta version, there was a beta sign up for those interested. However, at last check, the beta was full. The same page is now a notification sign up for when the app gets released. I contacted the developer, Dave Verwer, to see when we should see Balloons! hit the App Store. According to him, we should have Balloons! landing in August. No word yet on price.
Balloons! for iPhone/iPod is not yet released.