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