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Contacts Blast v1.7 and Contacts Blast Lite v1.3 Released

In past few releases we focused on performance aspect of the application. In this release, we are bringing out new exciting features like:

1) Group Ringtone
This feature allows you to set a ringtone to all contacts in a group. 
Q: What if I have same person in two or more groups? 
A: The last ringtone that was set to a group will be used for that contact. 
E.g. Susan is a doctor and a friend. She is in your “Doctors” and “Friends” group. You assigned ringtone “A” to “Doctors” group and 
ringtone “B” to “Friends” group. When Susan calls you’ll hear ringtone B, because that’s the last ringtone you set for the group 
that Susan was in.
You can always go back to the old school way of setting ringtones manually for each contact. This feature is by request for users 
who wanted the ability to set ringtone to large number of contacts in a group.
Note: At this time once you set a ringtone, when you go back to modify the ringtone it does not show the last ringtone that you 
picked. We are aware of this issue and working on ways to overcome this limitation. 
Here’s how you can set a group ringtone in Contacts Blast:
TODO: Get screenshots and explain
2) SMS Notification Pop Up
Did you wish your incoming SMS messages popped up?
This is exactly what this feature does. You can control this feature through Preferences page (detail instructions below).
You will see a window pop up telling you where the message came from. You could either reply, dismiss (or ignore) or reply with a 
custom message (E.g. I’m busy now). The custom message is explained in next section (SMS Auto Response).
Here’s how you can enable or disable this feature.
TODO: Get screenshots and explain
3) SMS Auto Response
When SMS message pops up you have an option to reply the user with a default message (E.g. I’m busy now). You can change 
the message to anything you like through Preference page.
Here’s how you can set the auto response message.
TODO: Get screenshots and explain
4) Prerence to control Quick Dial on long click 
By default when you scroll through your contacts pictures and long click it automatically dials the default number. This resulted in some users dialing accidentally. If you want this feature to be disabled you can do this by…

TODO: Get screenshots and explain

 

1) Group Ringtone

This feature allows you to set a ringtone to all contacts in a group. 

Q: What if I have same person in two or more groups? 

A: The last ringtone that was set to a group will be used for that contact. 

E.g. Susan is a doctor and a friend. She is in your “Doctors” and “Friends” group. You assigned ringtone “A” to “Doctors” group and ringtone “B” to “Friends” group. When Susan calls you’ll hear ringtone B, because that’s the last ringtone you set for the group that Susan was in.

You can always go back to the old school way of setting ringtones manually for each contact. This feature is by request for users who wanted the ability to set ringtone to large number of contacts in a group.

Note: At this time once you set a ringtone, when you go back to modify the ringtone it does not show the last ringtone that you picked. We are aware of this issue and working on ways to overcome this limitation. 

Here’s how you can set a group ringtone in Contacts Blast:

  • Long press on a group. You’ll see a screen like this. Select Group Ringtone and pick a ringtone of your choice.

 

Group Ringtone

Group Ringtone

 

2) SMS Notification Pop Up

Did you wish your incoming SMS messages popped up?

This is exactly what this feature does. You will see your SMS messages in a window (See screenshot below). You could either Reply, Dismiss (or ignore) or send Auto Response With Busy Message (E.g. I’m busy now). The auto response with busy message can be set on Preference section which is explained in next section (SMS Auto Response).

SMS Notification Pop Up

SMS Notification Pop Up

 

You can turn this feature ON/OFF through Preference. Select Enable SMS Notification Preferences checkbox from Preferences to enable this feature.

Preference Settings

 

3) SMS Auto Response

When SMS message pops up you have an option to reply the user with a default message (E.g. I’m busy now). You can change the message to anything you like through Preference page.

Here’s how you can set the auto response message.

1) Go to Preferences and click SMS auto response message

Preference Settings

2) A window will pop up with a textbox. Type your default message and you’re done.

Auto Response Message

Auto Response Message

 

4) Preference to control Quick Dial on long click 

By default when you scroll through your contact’s pictures and long click, it automatically dials the default number. This resulted in some users dialing accidentally. If you want this feature to be disabled you can do this by unchecking Enable Quick Dial checkbox from Preferences. 

Preference Settings

  • Just in case you forgot, you can get to Preferences page by clicking on  Menu–>More–> Preferences (or Menu+p).

 

Are all of these features available on Contacts Blast Lite as well ?

You can try all of these features in Lite version as well but when you send an auto response we attach our little note “Auto response message from Contacts Blast Lite. http://www.droidmatic.com”.

If you don’t like the message then please support us by purchasing our application. It’s well worth $2.99.

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In this release we have sped up the scrolling in speed dial page and also in gallery at the bottom screen. There should be no noticeable lag anymore.

The latest version for
Paid application is Contacts Blast v1.6
Free application is Contacts Blast Lite v1.2

We have started twittering ;).
You can follow us at http://twitter.com/droidmatic

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Based on user feedbacks and complaints that the application wasn’t loading up instantly, we’ve made some performance enhancements to both lite and paid version of Contacts Blast.
We tested with over 400 contacts (all of them had unique pictures) and it took about 4-5 seconds to load on the first launch. Any subsequent launches should be faster than that.

Try the new versions
For paid – Get Contacts Blast v 1.5
For free (Lite) – Get Contacts Blast Lite v 1.1

We’d love to hear back from you if the loading is faster now.

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Ever since we released Contacts Blast a few months ago people have been asking us for a demo version to try before you buy. You asked and we listened! We’re pleased to announce the release of Contacts Blast Lite to the Android marketplace!

Contacts Blast Lite has nearly all of the amazing features of the full version that hundreds of people have come to love but at a try-before-you-buy price: FREE!

Getting Contacts Blast on your Android smartphone has never been easier before. You can now download Contacts Blast Lite for free and get the sleek, high quality and stream-lined user interface with loads of features not available in standard contact management apps. You get all the high quality graphics, the polished icons, the smooth scrolling and everything else that makes Contacts Blast one app you will be using to show off your phone to your friends and family.

Contacts Blast Lite includes many of the exciting features of the full Contacts Blast including:
* NEW: SMS Blast – easily send a text message to an entire group of contacts (Limited to 5 per day)
* NEW: Email Blast – easily send an email to an entire group (Limited to 5 per day)
* NEW: List view – you can set Contacts Blast to use either the original Icon view or the new List view. You can configure whether you want icons or the list individually for landscape and portrait mode in your preferences screen. By default Contacts Blast will use list view when in portrait mode, and icon view when in landscape mode
* NEW: Custom Background: You can select whether you want to use your main phone desktop background as your Contacts Blast background OR use the new color wheel color picker to set the background to a solid color (black looks great)
* Contacts Blast easily becomes your default contacts app. Activate Contacts Blast automatically from the Android desktop with use of the green “Call” button and you will be able to choose between Contacts Blast or the default dialer. No extra work necessary. Easily reverts back to default behavior whenever you want.
* Super high performance. Every aspect of the app has been highly optimized since the initial release and provides a smooth, consistent user experience whether scrolling through huge lists of contacts or browsing through your groups.
* Configure exactly what buttons you want to be displayed on your main screen in the preferences menu. SMS, Email and Edit Contact can now be turned on or off to your liking.
* Speed Dial your contacts with the new speed dial screen. Every group supports the speed dial screen which can be activated with a single touch. (Limited to 5 per day)
* Intelligent contact searching. Tap the search button or simply start typing and Contacts Blast will rapidly narrow down the list of contacts that match what you are typing. A single click will automatically select the contact you want. Search is very intelligent and will narrow down your results in real time as you type.
* Sleek high quality and high performance graphics and icons.
* Stylish and colorful user interface that shows off the power of your Android smart phone better than the default black and white contacts manager / dialer.
* All standard phone features including touchpad dialer and call log.
* Assign pictures to your contacts and slide through contacts by face and name.
* Screen automatically rotates when the phone is turned or keyboard opened.
* Voice Mail button for one touch voice mail dialing.
* Switch between groups or view all of your contacts at once.
* Perform most tasks in a single click on the main contact screen.
* Click and hold a contact picture in the list to automatically speed dial their default number.
* Full support for standard Android groups such as Recent calls, Favorites, and All Contacts
* Scrolling interface neatly displays all phone numbers per user.
* Have a contact with multiple email addresses or SMS numbers? No problem! Contacts Blast makes messaging easy.
* Send SMS text messages or email in a single click.
* See your current Android background transparently behind Contacts Blast.
* Fully supports GMail “their picture” feature for your contacts.

All group management features are disabled in Lite version.
Upgrade to the full version and you can fully customize and add / remove groups right from your phone.

What are you waiting for? Load up the Market on your phone and search for Contacts Blast or browse to the Applications -> Communications category and try Contacts Blast Lite today!

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We’re excited to release major feature enhancements to Contacts Blast. We thank you all for your feedback and support. If you like our application please don’t forget to rate us and spread the word.
These are the additional features in Contacts Blast v1.4

1) Blast SMS

With Blast SMS, you will be able to send text messages to not one person at a time but to all contacts in a group. Go to Group Selector page (where all of your groups are displayed).

Long click on the group, select Blast Sms.



Type your message and hit send. It’s that simple.

2) Blast Email

Similar to Blast SMS, you will be able to send email to all contacts in a group. Go to Group Selector page and long click on the group. Select Blast Email. Type your message and hit send.

3) List View or Icon View ?

We’ve introduced a new view that displays phone numbers as a list.


ListView

By default, portrait view is set as list view and landscape view is set as icon view. You can see which view you like and select the view you prefer by going to Preferences.

To change views, go to Menu–>More–> Preferences (or Menu+p). If you want to set your portrait view as Icon view click on Portrait View, select Icon View and hit Ok.


ListViewIconView Option

4) Color Background or Desktop Picture Background?

We’ve also added an option to use your default desktop picture as Contacts Blast wallpaper or pick a color to be used as a wallpaper. To pick a color as a wallpaper go to

Menu–> More –> Preferences (Menu + p). Select Color Wallpaper.

Color wallpaper

Roll your finger around the outer circle to pick a color of your choice when done either hit back or click on center circle.


Pick background color

With color background

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We’ve implemented some of the features requested by you. In version 1.3 of Contacts Blast, we offer

1) Search feature

On contact detail page (main screen), start typing and a list of contacts will be displayed on a drop down list. The search is performed on first and last name.

2) Launch Contacts Blast by pressing Green Call button

This feature allows you to launch Contacts Blast when you press the green Call button from the desktop.

When you first press Green call button you will be presented with an option to set Contacts Blast as a default launcher. Select “Use by default for this action” checkbox and launch “Contacts Blast” from the menu. Now, every time you press Green call button Contacts Blast will be launched.

To undo this behavior, from desktop
Menu–>Settings–>Applications–>Manage Applications–>Contacts Blast–>Clear Defaults.

3) Preferences

If you do not use any of the additional icons (SMS, Email, Edit Contact) on contacts detail page you can turn them off. When Contacts Blast is launched go to Menu–>More–>Preferences (or Menu + p)
Selecting a checkbox will show the respective icon.

4) Group based speed dial

Group based speed dial enables you to quickly dial your contact’s default phone number. Create groups and click on speed dial icon to quickly see list of contacts in that group. Press your contact’s picture to dial his/her default number. You can create multiple groups like Restaurants, Family, Friends, Co-Workers and quickly access contacts in each group.

New groups can be created by clicking on Menu–>Manage Groups from main screen.

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This is performance enhanced version of Contacts Blast. We reviewed all places where we could get any performance boost.
Thank you all for your positive feedbacks and suggestions.

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Here are few screenshots from Contacts Blast v1.1

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We had more than one user complain about scrolling being too slow and non responsive.  This was the only reason why they chose not to continue using our application so we looked at it. Sure enough there was some delay. We’ve fixed this issue and released a new version of Contacts Blast today. We’ve had very positive response. The scrolling is very fast.

Have a blast with Contacts Blast.

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We released v1.0 of Contacts Blast earlier today. We hope you will like it.  We’re scrambling to put all pieces of the puzzle together.

Here is a short list of features we offer:

* Provides user friendly interface to quickly and easily access your contacts making use of pictures and icons.
* Provides a wide selection of icons for contact groups.
* Ability to edit group and contact related information
* Seamless synchronization with Gmail’s Contacts.
* Ability to send sms and email.
* Quick access to Android features like dialer, call log, voice mail.
* Ability to quickly mark a contact as your favorite. This will automatically add the contact to your Favorites group.
* Ability to access recently contacted friends through Recents group.

Droidmatic Official Site:  http://www.droidmatic.com

Contacts Blast Support Forum: http://groups.google.com/group/contactsblast

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