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New AniMates Help You Communicate

A new “AniMates” app for Android mobile phones helps you personalize your messages with a roster of animated characters. Created by Smith Micro Software, the app includes a selection of animated talking character along with scenic backgrounds and various voice effects and messages may be shared via email, SMS or Facebook.

“AniMates represents a unique combination of our core competencies in 2D/3D digital design software and carrier-grade mobile messaging, bringing a compelling new experience to the Android market,” said William W. Smith, Jr., CEO at Smith Micro. “But what really makes AniMates unique is the content – we’re cultivating a fantastic library
of characters and backgrounds from an artist community of thousands who have used our animation software for years. There will be no limit to the creativity and diversity that users will be able to enjoy with AniMates characters.”

The AniMates app will be coming to iOS phones in late July and be available in different countries and languages later in 2014.

Watch as Hans sings Happy Birthday to Carla:

The app comes with five free characters and five free backgrounds, and you can add more with paid content. You can see more examples here. You can download AniMates from Google Play here at this link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smithmicro.app.activeplay

Source: Smith Micro Software

The full press release follows:

ALISO VIEJO, CA – June 30, 2014 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:
SMSI) today announced its new AniMates™ mobile messaging app that lets
users personalize voice messages with talking characters, scenic
backgrounds and voice effects. Built using Smith Micro’s award-winning
animation software, AniMates offers a wide range of content from
world-renowned digital artists, allowing users to express themselves
through multiple personas. It also breaks down the walled-garden of
traditional messaging platforms by letting users share messages with
anyone.

“AniMates represents a unique combination of our core competencies in
2D/3D digital design software and carrier-grade mobile messaging,
bringing a compelling new experience to the Android market,” said
William W. Smith, Jr., CEO at Smith Micro. “But what really makes
AniMates unique is the content – we’re cultivating a fantastic library
of characters and backgrounds from an artist community of thousands
who have used our animation software for years. There will be no limit
to the creativity and diversity that users will be able to enjoy with
AniMates characters.”

AniMates was collaboratively developed by engineering teams from Smith
Micro’s CommSuite® carrier-grade messaging platform and its
award-winning Anime Studio® animation software. Key features of
AniMates include:
• Sending and receiving talking character messages for free
• Diverse content library offering dozens of characters and
backgrounds, with new content added every week
• Ability to use your own photo background from the phone gallery
• Optional voice effects with variable pitch control
• See and manage messages from other AniMates users through an inbox view
• Share messages with anyone via email, SMS or Facebook
• Easily access contacts through the phone address book
• Extend recording time to 2 minutes with premium upgrade

“The problem with messaging apps today is you have to download a dozen
of them to communicate with your entire network of friends, family,
colleagues, etc., who are all using different apps with varying levels
of personalization. We wanted to address that problem in two ways:
first, AniMates users can send messages to anyone so your contacts
don’t have to install the app to view messages; second, AniMates can
be bundled into other messaging apps, allowing developers to provide a
rich, diverse library of content from their own platforms so users can
express themselves wherever and however they like,” said Vinay
Chandra, Vice President of Product Management at Smith Micro.

“We’re incredibly proud to have top-notch digital artists creating
AniMates content using our animation products. These are people who
design for Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and major retail
brands, and they believe in our vision for AniMates as the ultimate in
personalized, fun, easy-to-share mobile messaging,” said Steve Yatson,
Vice President of Productivity and Graphics Solutions at Smith Micro.
“But the key to engaging communities globally is offering localized
content, which we will achieve by opening up content creation to
digital artists worldwide. Our goal is to harness the talent of
millions of users of our animation tools to create a content library
that is unequaled in the industry.”

Availability
AniMates is available now on the Google Play™ store for mobile users
in the U.S. and Canada. The app comes with five free characters and
five free backgrounds, with premium content available for purchase.
In the coming months, Smith Micro will begin offering content bundles
that include theme-based characters and backgrounds.
AniMates for iOS will be available in late July. Smith Micro also
plans to expand the app to other countries and languages later this
year.
Learn more about AniMates and see sample messages.

About Smith Micro Software, Inc.:
Smith Micro Software provides solutions that simplify, secure and
enhance the mobile experience. Our portfolio includes a wide range of
applications that manage broadband connectivity, data traffic,
devices, voice and video communications over wireless networks. With
more than 30 years of experience developing world-class client and
server software, Smith Micro helps the leading mobile network
operators, device manufacturers and enterprises increase efficiency
and capitalize on the growth of mobile-connected consumers and
workforces. For more information, visit smithmicro.com. (NASDAQ: SMSI)

Safe Harbor Statement:
This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties including, without limitation, forward-looking
statements relating to the company’s financial prospects and
projections, the company’s ability to increase its business, and the
anticipated timing and financial performance of new products. Among
the important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements are new and
changing technologies, customer acceptance of those technologies,
fluctuations or cancellations in orders from customers, new and
continuing adverse economic conditions, and the company’s ability to
compete effectively with other software companies. These and other
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Exchange Commission, including its filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q,
could cause actual results to differ materially from those presented
in any forward-looking statements. Smith Micro assumes no obligation
to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or
circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Smith Micro, AniMates and the Smith Micro logo are registered
trademarks or trademarks of Smith Micro Software, Inc. All other
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