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| March 8, 2013
Popular Group Messaging App GroupMe Does A Split With Latest Update
GroupMe has just gotten an update that brings not a group, but only a pair of notable improvements. But even as the latest update to this popular group messaging app provides only two notable improvements, I think you'll agree that at least one of them is of great potential. For starters, the new version of GroupMe introduces a gallery view. The gallery view lets you easily see all of the photos that have been shared in any of your groups. To access it, just tap the Gallery tab in the right drawer of the app. And then there's Split. This new feature in GroupMe is so named because it allows you to split group purchases as well as collect money from your group. The GroupMe team explains how Split can be of use to you and your group:
You bought concert tickets for everyone in the group? Attach a Split and get your money back right away, instead of waiting to get cash in person. Buying a group gift? Attach a Split with the total price, and with each person who chips in, the price per person will go down. Collect your money whenever you’re ready.[caption id="attachment_390356" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GroupMe[/caption] With Split, anyone in your group can chip in using a credit card. When everyone has made his or her contribution, just tap "collect" and enter your bank account details. You can then expect the money in your bank account in 24 hours. Except for the first collection, that is, which may take between three and five business days to first verify your bank account. For every transaction, contributors will be charged 3.5 percent on whatever they chip, which goes toward the credit card processing fee. In addition, GroupMe charges a $0.99 convenience fee. Note, though, that all fees are waived by GroupMe until Tuesday, March 12, to encourage you to try Split with your group. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, GroupMe is available in the App Store for free. Launched in May 2010, GroupMe was acquired in August 2011 by Skype, whose official iPhone and iPad apps have also just been updated. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]