The First Wave Of Internet Communication Apps Is Ending—What’s Next?

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There are so many chat apps it’s breaking my brain to try to think of them all. We’ve covered several here—recently—on DailyTekk. So why, oh why, would we be covering yet another one? Well, that’s sort of an unfair question, but since you wondered: DailyTekk loves tech and startups that actually help people live better lives and this app is different in that the team that built it views themselves as helping to usher in an entirely new phase of communication apps. So all the other chat apps out there? They’re on a lower plane of existence—or something like that.

Wire is a modern communication app developed for mobile, tablet, and desktop where text, talk, pictures, video and music are woven together seamlessly. Ya, I know—when you just read about it’s hard to picture it being any different than any other app—but seeing is believing. If there’s one thing that really sets this app apart from others it’s an appealing, gorgeous, alluring design.

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Jonathan Christensen, CEO of Wire, explains what sets the app apart in his mind:

“At Wire we believe we are nearing the end of the first Wave of internet communications applications. The first wave was functional and characterized by “free” – free calls, free texting. The next step can be better — whether it’s design, functionality, or user experience. There are better devices, more computing power, and faster networks available today. We are focused on harnessing these capabilities and pairing them with a beautiful design to deliver a rich communications experience. Ultimately, we want to offer an experience that is as close as possible to in-person, real life communications.”

So, really, when I think it over I come to the conclusion that Wire basically is what a “communication app” should be: it touts great call quality, is very well designed, allows for group conversations with up to 128 people (wow), has a great YouTube, SoundCloud and GIF experience right out of the box, encrypts your calls and secures your texts (why don’t all apps do this now?) and is available everywhere—not just on phones. That’s what I’m talking about.

Individually, these features are just nice-to-haves. They’re kind of small. But as a whole they add up to something big: a must have. To me, this is the bottom-line benchmark chat and communication ...

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