In this article we will be looking at the new Anklets app from Google Play, called, "Dhani". The idea behind it is really quite smart, but it doesn't really answer many of the questions most people have about Android apps and privacy. It does however address a few problems that we do see with Android apps on Facebook and Twitter: You can only use one instant messaging service per person, and you have to accept that the person whom you're sending messages to has read them. This seems like a minor problem, but it is one that we've seen before with other applications. This is only a small example of what the app does, but it does illustrate how important it is to consider your privacy settings while sending messages to strangers on social networks.
Like many other apps on the market, this one offers two different ways to transfer your information between devices. First, you can export your data and move it to an offline folder. Second, you can import your data into dhani and then export that data into an app on your android via email. Both of these methods are secure, as long as you follow the security recommendations. As far as the question of whether or not the app is private enough, I would say that it is good to proceed with caution - some of the security issues in use with apps like this aren't particularly new, but they haven't been fully resolved.
You can send Dhani to others via IM and even change your phone's PIN number directly from the app. This means that you can cancel your IM subscription at any time and move your contacts and calendars to another Android device. One thing I'd like to point out is that IM should be used in addition to Dhani, as sometimes the updates to the app might conflict with your IM settings. It certainly doesn't hurt to have those features ready to go, and IM should be a part of your communication toolbox.