Bit Torrent has updated and officially launched Bleep, its secure messaging service, bringing it to i OS and adding a Snapchat-a-like "whisper" function that makes messages self-destruct shortly after they're sent.Today's update means the app, which allows users to make free voice calls and stores encryption keys for messages on users' devices rather than in a hackable repository, is now available on Android, Windows, and Mac, in addition to i OS devices.
This has especially been seen as the case with mobile messaging, in which consumer friendly apps siphon off your personal information to monetize it, whereas security apps tend to lack pleasing (or usable) user interfaces. This excellent i Phone app now offers end-to-end encryption for every user on every platform, along with group texting and voice chat, wrapped in a simple and nicely designed (if a slightly stale) package.
Another big point in the service's favor is that it boasts an enormous user base, though North American readers might struggle to find their friends on it.
Google's companion video chat service is Google Duo.
Allo's design is typically Google, in that it uses lots of white space and pops of color.
When the new whisper mode is selected, pictures or text sent to another user will disappear 25 seconds after being sent.
While users have got past similar Snapchat restrictions by simply taking screenshots of sent messages, Bleep offers some protection against this tactic: when reading messages from a contact, their username is blocked out.
One thing to note is that the success of a mobile chat platform largely depends on how many people already use it.
No one knows what the next big thing in tech will be, but I suspect that it might be machine learning-powered chatbots like the Google Assistant found in the search giant's i Phone app Allo.
'Ello, Allo I tested Allo on both an i Phone 6 and a Nexus 5x, and had no trouble sending messages between the two devices.