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Berkanan is a Bluetooth-powered group messaging app. It gives people a way to communicate in situations with poor or no cellular connectivity. Alongside group messaging, Berkanan also allows private one-to-one encrypted messaging. The range for these messages is about 70 meters, but if there are people between you and your intended recipient with the app installed, Berkanan can send messages further by going through other users' devices.
• Nearby Messaging: Chat with people nearby. Send public and private messages.
• P2P: Messages travel from device to device.
• Offline: Works offline, only with Bluetooth. No need for Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity.
• Notifications: Works in the background. Get notified of nearby users and messages.
• No Account: Use it without the need to register for an account.
• Edit Profile: Add personality to your profile.
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Payment will be charged to your Apple ID account at the confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless it is canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. You can manage and cancel your subscriptions by going to your account settings on the App Store after purchase. Offers and pricing subject to change without notice.
• Removed avatar and frame pack in-app purchases and added Berkanan Premium subscription.
• Fixed bugs and added minor improvements.
We're committed to keep on updating Berkanan for many years to come. For this reason, we're introducing a yearly subscription. If you subscribe to Berkanan Premium then you can edit your profile, turn off ads and support future development. Please note that, if you bought any of the previous in-app purchases, we unlocked the premium features for you for a year — use the Restore Purchases button. Thank you for the support!
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Ratings and Reviews
Very Good (Edit)
Edit: Thank you for the advice! Now I am alerted to messages after telling my brother to turn on notifications. The fact that this works so well without Wi-Fi at all is miraculous, and I will keep 5 Stars for support. But I have some suggestions, if you can add these, it would be excellent.
For starters, picture messages and GIFs would be good to have. This may be a bit too much to ask, but if you can add Tapbacks and animated texts like iMessage along with videos, that would be excellent. But that is a lot to ask, if you could add picture messages, that would be good enough for me.
Original Post:This app permits me to send unlimited messages and make unlimited calls free of charge with Bluetooth enabled. Furthermore, it does not demand for my information or pelt me with ”Go Pro!” bubbles. And for a person who doesn’t pay for cellular data, this is useful to text without Wi-Fi. I recommend.
Only one suggestion, enable an option in settings to turn on notifications so that I may be cognizant if a friend texts me.
Developer Response ,
Edit: Thank you for your feedback and suggestions! I think sharing files (i.e., pictures) is a great one. Don't hesitate to contact us with your other feature requests in the future. Happy messaging with your friends using Berkanan.
Hi Andrew! Thank you for your review! To be notified prominently when your friend texts you follow these instructions: In the app go to Settings by tapping the button in the top right corner in Nearby, then scroll down to Notifications and tap Deliver Prominently.
Great App Good Feedback from Developer
What an awesome idea and beautifully designed app. My previous review left me a little confused with ongoing notifications but the developer responded quickly. I’ll definitely be using this app a lot with family members. Hopefully the software can be updated to enhance notifications so that once a private conversation has started you can receive ongoing notifications while blocking private messages after the first message.
Edit: Fast response from developer. The issue was corrected by enabling the correct settings per feedback. I don’t really need the premium features, but love the quick feedback and apso I chip in for it.
Developer Response ,
Hi! Thank you for your kind words! If you set App Settings > Notifications > Private Messages > On for Messaged Users then you will be notified only of private messages from your trusted contacts (users whom you already have a conversation with), and will not be bothered by strangers.
Edit: Thank you! Don't hesitate to contact us in the future with your ideas and thoughts!
I love this app, it truly is a wonderful thing to have. I love the look of it the way you use it and pretty much everything else. Though I would really appreciate it if I could change my user name. Right now it is set to [Name]’s iPhone and I would really like to change it to my first and last name. Even if I could only change it once and never again, I would still be happy.
Developer Response ,
Hi! I'm the developer of Berkanan and I was excited to read your review. From idea to App Store, it took about 2 years of full-time work to make it — and still working on it. It means the world to me to see Berkanan being used and loved by others, too. Profile editing is a premium feature. Please consider subscribing to Berkanan Premium and support us. Berkanan uses the text listed in Settings.app / General / About / Name for your profile name upon first launch. If you change that and reinstall the app, then you can change your name, if subscribing to Berkanan Premium is not an option for you.
- IZE, Ltd.
- 66.8 MB
- Social Networking
Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018-2019 IZE, Ltd.
- In-App Purchases
- Berkanan Premium $6.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.
Get things done within this app using just your voice.