We had it on good notice that the GEMS Android application would be released yesterday evening. Even though we didn’t cover the original announcement (I was asleep at that time), we can now give our readers a preliminary review of the GEMS android application. Do keep in mind this is currently an open beta phase, and not all functionalities are enabled just yet.
Downloading The GEMS Application
The Gems Messenger application can easily be found in the Google Play Store, and is available to users worldwide. It took me a few seconds to find it, as I had searched for “Gems” first, which yielded a ton of results I didn’t actually need. Then again, if I had bothered to read the announcement properly that mistake wouldn’t have happened! But I digress.
For those of you who are unable to grab your mobile device right now, you can let the Gems Messenger application download in the background on your device, by accessing it through the Google Play Store web frontend. Click here to be taken to the Play Store, and install the application that way.
Android Compatibility – Checking All Boxes
On this page, you will also see which of your Android devices are compatible to use the Gems Messenger application. In my case, all of my devices I have ever owned are compatible, including my old HTC Desire, and the Ainol Novo 7 Elf II tablet which I purchased many moons ago. Currently, I am running the application on a Xiaomi Note 4G LTE, Android version 4.4.2.
Do keep in mind you will need a mobile device running Android version 3.0 or higher. This should not be an issue for most people, as 3.0 was released years ago, and even if you are getting very few OTA updates from the provider or manufacturer, most devices are on 3.1 at least. The Gems Messenger application itself is just 14MB in size, but I would still advise to download it when connected to a Wifi-network, instead of using your mobile data.
The Gems Messenger Application : Overview
If you have taken the time to watch the GEMS Android showcase video, which we mentioned in this article, you may have noticed the sleek and elegant design used by the Gems Messenger app. While salmon pink is not my favorite colour per sé, I do like the use of that color in the Gems Messenger application. Overall, the color scheme is quite soothing, and it just looks great on my phone.
The initial set up process is as simple and straightforward as can be : create an account, enter your mobile phone number, confirm the code, choose a nickname and enter the name oft he person who referred you. That is all there is to it , and the entire account creation process takes less than two minutes to complete. Definitely a plus in my book from a user-friendliness point of view.
Note from the author : when you are at the “inviter” step, feel free to enter “jdebunt” as the person who referred you. Thanks!
Gems Messenger : Adding Contacts
This is where things get a bit tricky at the moment, but not in a bad way. When I tried to add some of my friends who are using the Gems Messenger app as well, none of their names would come up when searching for them. This is not a bug, and is intentionally developed to be this way for now. When I asked Daniel Peled, the creator of GEMS, why this was, he told me the following :
“Users are able to find “telegram username” and not “gems username” on purpose. It is our intention is to support paid unsolicited messages in the future, so we are building it differently.If you want to add your friends, make sure they have Telegram installed on their device, and you will be able to add them through the Gems messenger application.”
As Gems Messenger makes use of Telegram’s Secure Open Source Code, it seems only natural that you can “crawl” their network of users in order to add contacts to your list. It is also possible to send a message from the Gems App to one of your Telegram contacts who does not have Gems messenger installed (yet). I have tested this myself, and you can see a screenshot in the gallery below this article.
Gems Messenger : GEMS Wallet
Inside your Gems messenger application, you will see the GEMS wallet menu option. When clicking this option, you are directly taken to your wallet, which shows you the amount of GEMS you currently own. If you tap the screen however, it will display the amount of Bitcoin you currently own. This dual-currency functionality is a really nifty feature,which will be a very useful tool for many Gems Messenger users.
In our previous GEMS article, we also mentioned how you can copy your GEMS/Bitcoin wallet address by long-tapping your screen. After testing it for myself, I can confirm this feature is working perfectly. I even sent over 0.01 Bitcoin to my Gems Messenger Bitcoin address, and it showed up instantly. Very impressed with the technology so far!
When sending money to another user, whether it is in GEMS or Bitcoin, you will need to enter your pincode which your created during the initial setup. The application will also verify whether or not your contact is using the Gems Messenger application, and return a warning if this would not be the case.
Gems Messenger – Multi-language Support
In order to make sure as many people as possible start using the Gems Messenger application, multi-language support is a smart strategy. As of this writing, 9 languages are currently supported : German, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Arabic and Japanese.
As promised, here is the image gallery, containing a handful of Gems Messenger screenshots: