HalloApp launched quietly on Tuesday and is offered to obtain on the App Retailer and the Google Play Retailer. The brand new app shares many similarities with WhatsApp, corresponding to specializing in sustaining relationships with shut family and friends by way of encrypted messaging. Nevertheless it shies away from bombarding customers with advertisements and, as said in a submit on the app’s official weblog, “an algorithmic feed of meaningless content material.”
Two former engineers from WhatsApp have created a brand new personal social community known as HalloApp, which focuses extra on close-knit relationships and remaining ad-free.
The app was developed and co-founded by Neeraj Arora and Michael Donohue, each of whom labored at WhatsApp earlier than and after Fb’s acquisition of it. Arora wrote HalloApp’s preliminary weblog submit, by which he subtly takes jabs at bigger social media corporations, and even goes as far to name social media “the Twenty first-century cigarette,” including, “The extra we inhale, the sicker we get.”
HalloApp has a minimalist design and aesthetic. It’s damaged into 4 most important tabs—a feed for associates’ posts, group chats, particular person chats, and settings. There aren’t any algorithms sorting posts into what the app thinks a person would wish to see. The app additionally doesn’t have any advertisements or likes or followers; it’s meant for small group utilization.
Arora additionally stresses the truth that HalloApp doesn’t gather or retailer any private information from any of its customers, and concludes the submit by stating the app’s imaginative and prescient is to create a secure and personal place for individuals to attach.
Whereas by no means straight mentioning Fb, Arora’s criticisms of social media match widespread critiques individuals have of that social community. The creation of HalloApp appears to be a response to the present state of social media and the general lack of privateness, judging from Arora’s phrases.