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React Messenger for iOS ditches smilies in favor of real human expressions

Posted: , by Luis D.


"Death to emoji!" - proclaimed React Messenger's co-founder, Pedro Alejandro Wunderlich. Sharing a similar attitude towards the all too-colorful, hyper-jolly smilies and "stickers" that flood our chat sessions (sorry, we were raised on IRC and ASCII, not on WhatsApp), we had to check out what React is about. And, what do you know, we just found one awesome iOS messenger with a bright idea behind it.

See, instead of touting hundreds of comically hyperbolic, cutesy smilies, React Messenger snaps a quick photo of your actual, human expression through your device's front camera, and glues it to your message. This way, the app bridges the gap between instant and video messaging in a way that works surprisingly natural. "It’s natural messaging." - says React Limited, author of the app. "We think sticker packs and emoticons are unnatural. React takes that out of the way, and allows people to convey their genuine personality without the need to rely on drawings to express themselves." Well, that's not to say that emoji, especially the truly funny and creative ones, don't have their place in messaging. But they aren't exactly reliable for relaying the conversation's non-verbal layer. Eyes, however, never lie.

In addition, React complements its natural messaging mantra with some interesting features - Reactions, which lets you reply only using an expression (perfect for glaring), and Double-Take, which lets you send a photo from both your device's front and back camera. Also, the messenger includes an address book, a search engine, friend requesting, friend accepting, friend denying, and pretty much all that's social.

At a glance, the only downsides to React Messenger are that it's iOS-only, and that its reliance on an always-on front camera taxes your device's battery. Still, the app, which launched last December, is free, and already has over 150 000 users. If it sparked your interest, it's available from the link below.

Download React Messenger: iOS

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posted on 27 Mar 2014, 02:41 3

1. android_hitman (Posts: 592; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


posted on 27 Mar 2014, 02:42 4

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 641; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

thats pretty cool

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 02:57 1

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2581; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


posted on 27 Mar 2014, 03:18

4. Lt.Green (Posts: 369; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

Nice, surprised that this hasn't been done sooner.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 03:50 3

5. Sauce (unregistered)

Every time an awesome app is made and succeeds, I always think, "Damnit! Why did I think of that! ._. "

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 06:06

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2581; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


posted on 27 Mar 2014, 12:17 1

11. Sauce (unregistered)

Yes thank you. Was half asleep when I typed that haha

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 04:29

6. iMemo (Posts: 102; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)

I also want to make an app...and then sell it to Facebook for 19 billion afterwards. :D

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 06:07

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2581; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

All the best and gimme half of the money.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 08:48 2

9. Anshulonweb (Posts: 311; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

not good for ugly people

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 10:10

10. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Some cheaters won't download it lol :D

The Idea is cool, bring it to android so android users can give it a try

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