2014/11/23, by S.C. Chang and Jeffrey Wu, FOCUS TAIWAN
Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) A Taiwan-born Canadian developer has launched a new messaging app that lets users see what people on the other side of conversations are writing as they type, and he has plans to launch it in Taiwan in the coming months.
Unlike traditional texting apps, the beta version of Beam Messenger released last week for Android phones is “a first of its kind True Real Time communications app,” Toronto-based Beam Propulsion Lab wrote on its website.
The free app, which is not available in Taiwan’s Google Play Store, promises “the closest you will get to having a verbal conversation in a messaging app” as participants in a conversation can see text entry and erasing in real time.
One example the developer gave is cutting off a friend repeating an old tale as he or she is still typing it.
Paul Wang, the 24-year-old head of Beam Propulsion Lab, told CNA that his company plans to launch the English version of the app in Taiwan within the next few months, with a Chinese version coming soon to target the huge Chinese market.
Currently, Beam Messenger is available in select markets and allows only one-on-one conversations in English and basic transmission of images, with other features like multiuser conference and support for other languages being under development.
The app is free to download for Android users while iPhone and Windows version are coming soon.