Basecamp Experience Comes to Android with ‘Beacon’

beacon_04Binary Duo has announced the release of Beacon, an app that provides on-the-go access for Basecamp users.  Announced today, Beacon brings all the features of Basecamp to Android devices.  For instance, users can post messages, view and create milestones, and jump directly to messages and comments from links in notification emails without being directed to the browser.  Up until now, Basecamp users have had to contend with a website that’s not so mobile friendly. 

Data sync within Beacon is handled different from most apps.  Rather than performing large, time consuming backups, Beacon simply syncs the current view as opposed to an entire database.

“If your organization uses Basecamp as much as ours, you’ll find yourself with a large number of projects and related information,” says Binary Duo co-founder, Kevin Morey, “and this can make syncing a beast.”

Android’s flexibility offers features that allow for a more efficient, integrated experience.  Beacon uses the people list found in Basecamp accounts to find contact information and allows users to dial phone numbers with the app.  Users can even choose to merge contact information from Basecamp with specific contact records on the Android device’s phone book.

Beacon is available in the Android Market for $4.99 today.  A fully featured demo version can also be downloaded for free.  The difference being the demo only allows on for one project. Users can also download through Binary Duo’s website at http://www.binaryduo.com

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