There is an app out there in the world that takes group messaging to another level, one where you can not only communicate with the people you know and love on a whole slew of 3rd party networks, but through geotagging allows you to get a handle on those around you who are about to become your brand new associates. Starting today, key features have been added to the already cross-platform ultra popular platform (10 billion messages a month and 300,000 groups for 11 million users) to a newly minted discovery-heavy person finder as well. What we’ve got for you below is a look at this app as it was, as it is, and as it will be from this point on.

In addition to being able to add yourself to a slew of already-established chat programs like Aol Instant Messanger, Facebook Chat, and MSN Messenger, you can chat on the Palringo-based network on its own, each of these networks connecting through the same interface which is here made simple by Palringo. You can now do new things like geotag (with GPS, is what that means) groups to make it easier for Palringo users to find local communities of interest to them, search by category of interest, browse groups by stats like most active, types of messages, and etc, and more!

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The video above gives you a brief and basic tour through some of these features, mostly giving you an introduction to the interface with which you’ll be working here on Palringo. Note also that Android is only one of many different platforms with which you can access Palringo, desktop and Java ME amongst them as well, believe it or not. Some interesting uses and statistics from the platform as provided by Palringo are as follows:

The rapidly-growing community of Palringo Groups covers every type of interest area, from gaming and entertainment to sports, technology and business. Local, cultural and gaming groups are especially popular, with a high degree of activity. Cultural groups use Palringo’s voice messaging capabilities to learn new languages and practice speaking, while gaming groups are organizing themselves into clans to enhance their gaming experience. Message traffic in these groups recently surged past 450 million messages in a single day. Year-over-year growth in the number of messages sent via Palringo overall is more than 230 percent, with voice and picture messages both growing at a rate of more than 400 percent.

The newest features you’ll find are as follows:

Groups Directory : It is here that you’ll be able to browse groups and find what you’re seeking in a potential discussion about the subjects you love. Browse by category or interest, and find new statistics on these groups to better your understanding of how popular or well-trafficked the groups are as you glance through them.

Group Stats : Instead of looking through groups relatively blindly, with new statistics as you browse you’ll be able to target groups that have found success OR seek out groups that only have a few people working with them – perhaps you’d like a more involved 4 person discussion instead of a 20 person discussion with wild words flying about? It’s all up to you.

Geotagging : As you’ll see clearly in the video above, once you hit the map, you’ll instantly see the impact Palringo has had around you literally. You’ll now be allowed to tag groups with location information based on events and other criteria. Want to let people know you’ve got a chat group for the Fallcon comic convention coming up next month? Just tag the convention center and give it a title – simple!

Then there’s still the already working set of features you’ll love, especially if you’re not already familiar with the platform: push-to-talk messaging that allows users to use their devices like walkie-talkies, photos, location, and of course third-party service integration like those listed above.

You can [download and use Palringo for free from the Android Marketplace] with all of the new features listed above starting today!