NEW YORK, Dec. 25 – Is there anyone who wasn’t eager to get a response to a message at some point? A new app called “Honk” aims to address this impatience fueled by social media networks. Honk presents live messages that are visible while the user is in the process of writing, as well as the ability to call the recipient if they are not in front of the screen.
Older generations may remember MSN messenger, which allowed you to “call” the person you want to contact if they didn’t respond to your message by shaking the chat window by “pushing”. The Honk app seems to be inspired by this feature when developing instant messages. With “Honk”, the application wants to make virtual exchanges more interactive and, above all, more time-sensitive.
How does it work?
After creating and customizing someone’s account using a profile picture and username, the user can add their friends and send them messages. The chat window displays two chat bubbles on the screen, just like the messages on iPhones, but bigger. The upper one corresponds to that of the recipient, and the lower one refers to the user. The user can adjust the color of these speech bubbles.
This space distinguishes what “Honk” differs from other applications. Users can see in real time what their chat partners are writing. Interruptions, hesitations, corrections … By typing live, everything is written visibly while working. A system that allows you to feel more present in virtual exchanges, making it “physical”. As on Twitter, Honk offers a 160-character talk limit, but you don’t need a “send” button, just tap the two-arrow button to refresh the conversion bubble and write a new message.
As for its short-term side, that’s what brings Honka closer to Snapchat. The app does not keep a history of exchanges, which encourages users to be even more careful in discussions. However, Honk allows users to attract the attention of those they write to by sending “Honk”, an unmistakable notification to reach the chat window. You can even insist by pressing the “Honk” button to alert a friend if the app isn’t open. Alerts are necessary because Honk does not allow sending messages (or saving for them) offline, as Snapchat does.
Visual effects are an integral part of this application. With the Magic Words feature, a user can assign a word to an emoji, which allows users to send a multitude of smileys to fill out a chat window when sending a message. Sending photos is also available.
Clearly intended for Generation Z, according to Techcrunch, it is only possible to enter the correct age if you are under 21, otherwise you will have to use the “21+” category. – AFP-Relaxnews