How many apps do you have on your phone to IM or chat with your firends or buddies? It’s not surprising to find WhatsApp, BBM, Viber, iMessage, Google+ and Skype all present on one phone but used to chat with different people. A new company called Layer is taking up the task of developing new protocols for messaging and is headed by Jeremie Miller, the inventor of Jabber as chief scientist.
Layer, in a nutshell, lets any developer add messaging capabilities to their app with 10 lines of code. So, instead of spending months building out servers, encryption, push notifications, voice calls, video calls, offline messages, and syncing as most messaging startups like MessageMe have done, Layer does all the dirty work. And any app built with Layer can talk to other apps using it (assuming each app’s creator allows it). Adding Layer is supposedly as simple as adding a Google Maps view to your restaurants app, or hooking up Stripe for payments.
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