Roger brings its superbly designed walkie-talkie app to Android
The service is sort of easy, it permits customers to ship voice messages to one another. Whereas that’s a function obtainable in virtually each messaging app, Roger places voice messages entrance and middle of its superbly-designed app, which additionally consists of info snippets — just like the climate or time of day — for the situation of the individual you’re speaking to.
The workforce behind the app created it to humanize the dominant mode of communication on cellular — which for most individuals is textual content — and encourage extra voice conversations
“Whereas we’ve by no means been as related as we’re at this time, we not often speak to one another anymore. There are lots of apps with microphones, however few encourage precise conversations,” Roger co-founder Ricardo Vice Santos advised TechCrunch.
The service debuted on iOS late final yr and now, simply over a month after the startup raised a $1 million seed spherical, it has develop into out there for units operating the Google-owned working system.
The Roger workforce isn’t revealing particular particulars about its consumer numbers proper now, aside from that it has customers in over one hundred twenty nations worldwide, however the workforce did share some fascinating suggestions that it acquired from one phase of customers: those that are visually impaired. (For instance, two customers took to Audioboo, an audio-based mostly social community to share evaluations.)
“We have been fairly stunned what number of blind individuals turned customers,” Vice Santos stated. “[From feedback with users] we’ve discovered extra about how blind and disabled individuals use know-how. There are 300 million blind individuals on the earth and [the difficulties of communicating via a smartphone] doesn’t floor sufficient.”
I’ve been utilizing Roger because it launched and, apart from being an fascinating platform to conduct interviews for tales (with Roger’s founders, naturally), I recognize the design and aesthetics however have struggled to get various of my family and friends to join (what they understand to be) But One other Messaging App.
That stated, the service does have a nifty function for reaching these not utilizing the app. An SMS integration lets you ship audio messages as a hyperlink that may be opened by the recipient even when they don’t have the Roger app, whereas Vice Santos hinted that different “helpful” options will come quickly. Added to that, Social Capital, a VC famend for backing revolutionary companies, is an investor, which itself hints that there could also be extra superior plans within the pipeline.