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ProcessOne (news, site) has announced the release of version 2 of the TextOne messaging application for Android devices, as well as OpenPush, a new push notification platform and protocol for multiple smartphone ecosystems intended to facilitate development of push-based applications.

Messaging for mobile phones is often made interesting by the fact that there are multiple platforms that run different kinds of software. SMS is supposedly the most basic way to send messages across platforms, operating systems and even geographic locations. However, it's limited to 160 text-only characters, and can sometimes be expensive. As such, users would usually want to use cross-platform messengers that would work on different devices, such as Android phones and the iPhone.

TextOne Messaging App for Android

ProcessOne's TextOne is a smartphone-to-smartphone messaging application that offers richer features than traditional SMS. TextOne offers instant communication across networks and borders for free (assuming the smartphone is connected via data or Wi-Fi). Version 2 adds support for importing of contacts from one's Facebook account, email address book and IM contact list.

TextOne v2 also integrates multiple communication streams into one feed, which should make conversations easier. Email, SMS, instant messages and social network feeds are rolled into one, which includes rich media, such as photos.

TextOne v2 is available as a free download via Android Market and the Amazon AppStore.

OpenPush Platform, Protocol

Meanwhile, push notifications have been what had set BlackBerry messaging apart from other platforms for so long. Messaging applications on Symbian, Android and iOS have likewise adopted push messaging, although no clear cross-platform standard is in place. ProcessOne has developed OpenPush to address this gap.

OpenPush is intended to be an alternative to proprietary and single-platform push systems. The platform will give a richer Web and messaging experience, which will include real-time messaging between two users, multi-platform group messaging and the like. The OpenPush platform supports different smartphone ecosystems, including Apple's iOS, Google's Android and HP's webOS. The platform also supports other smartphone and mobile operating systems, as well as SMS.

Mickaël Rémond, ProcessOne founder, highlights the fact that OpenPush supports multiple mobile platforms, which will result in an expanded market for developers.

The interesting thing about OpenPush is that it appeals to a very large market. Whether you are an e-commerce professional, an information site, a developer of mobile applications or a well-known brand, whatever sector you are in, OpenPush allows you to add value and reach your end target."

Rémond adds that OpenPush entails a "develop once, push everywhere" approach, because developers can create one mobile application using web technologies and deploy it across a wide range of mobile platforms. In terms of the technologies used, OpenPush is built on a distributed architecture based on REST, the JSON data format and the WebSocket interface.

This week onwards, ProcessOne is publishing the OpenPush protocol in an open and collaborative manner, aimed at encouraging support from developers and vendors, in the hopes that OpenPush will be adopted as the industry standard for cross-platform push communications. This will include private beta tests for both users and developers.