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There’s a war going on right now for email, and a major battleground is the mobile app space. On iOS alone, there are a number of applications that promise to change the way you use electronic mail like Mailbox and Dispatch.

And today we’re adding another one to the list: Ping. Ping is an upcoming iPhone app that packs a number of useful features like snooze, push notifications and search, and it can replace email conversations with IM-like threads…

It works like this. When you’re emailing a non-Ping user, the app acts like a normal email client—you can set custom notifications, defer messages, and search your inbox. But the real magic occurs when the recipient is a Ping user.

When the recipient is a Ping user, the app automatically switches into instant messaging mode complete with typing indicators (those little dots that show the other party is typing), read receipts, and various file attachment options.

And of course, your messages will send instantly—as opposed to the few minutes you have to wait for email. And the cool thing is, when you go to check your inbox later, all of your instant messages have been turned back into normal emails.

The folks over at The Verge have had a chance to go hands-on with an early version of the application, and they claim that while things are still a bit buggy, the app feels like as much of a revelation as iMessage upon first trying it.

Ping is scheduled to launch on September 18, but it looks like they are doing an upfront reservation system. So if you’re interested, you’ll want to head on over to Pingapp.com to reserve your spot before things start to get really crowded.

What do you think of Ping?

  • K▲DE

    Nice

  • Chris Holden

    great idea

  • Riley Freeman

    I swear this is like the 8th instant messaging app called ping. Is it the same company’s or another one and won’t apple block this because of their failed social media thing ping

  • wonderboydave

    They should really stay consistent in there battery percentages..

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      It’s called magic and I wish my iPhone did that how awesome would it be for your iPhone to get to about 20% and then decide “hang on I don’t think I’ll die just yet” and suddenly increase its battery life for no reason whatsoever to 85%…

  • ConduciveMammal

    Ping used to be the name of another messaging app but they renamed to Touch. I used to say to people “Ping me” but it seemed inappropriate to start saying “Touch me” instead… I shortly after stopped using it.

  • Kyle Adams

    square avatars? what is this, 2010?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      The Disqus comment system you just used to post that comment still has square avatars….

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      lold hard

  • madmaxmedia

    This one is all about network effects- if they can launch with a big splash and drive adoption, it could be a great app. If not, I don’t feel like switching email clients if no one I know is using this.

  • Dante Arellano

    How do you call to the stile of life of the Woman in the video?? Lesbians has nice stile of life I which be lesbian.. Fuckk no thanks.

    • Imahottguy

      What? How did you think the actor was a lesbian from that??

  • Julian Gigola

    *hop