There is no shortage of social messaging apps nowadays. From extremely popular WhatsApp and its alternatives, to protect messaging apps, the practically endless list. And although the main purpose of these apps is the same (i.e. communication), they differ from one another in one or more ways. For example, WhatsApp (mainly) built around text messaging, Skype all based on video chat. Get the picture!
But as popular as they are, almost all of these messaging applications require you to use both hands to type text and make audio / video chats. And this makes them quite complicated, especially in situations where you are worried (e.g. moving, carrying something or doing both).
No more, like Tribe (Android, iOS) l to help. Taking cues from the "Walkie-Talkie" communication method, Tribe allows you to exchange short audio / video messages, which disappear after being opened. With its primary functionality revolving around the exchange of short audio / video and photo messages that self-destruct when opened, Tribe is almost identical in working with the hugely popular Snapchat. But Snapchat now includes a load of extra features, such as filters, stories and the ability to draw and add text on photos / videos. On the contrary, Tribe is simpler, easier and works perfectly with one hand. And that makes it one of the best Snapchat alternatives out there. However, unlike Snapchat, Tribe does not notify the sender if a mobile screen of a message is taken , so something to keep in mind.
Tribe ridiculously simple to use (in his own words, usable with a thumb) and also has some stylish extras. Let's go in and find out a little more.
Start with Tribe
To start with Tribe, just register with your mobile number, and you are there. The app can (optionally) sync with your address book to automatically add existing Trib users to your friends list. Also, possible add PIN contacts automatically assigned, four characters, unique for each user, for greater security . Once out of the way, you're good to go!
Sending messages with the trib
Trib shows your contacts like a vertical scrolling grid of colored squares. In addition to this there is a " box "mobile that moves freely and acts as a viewfinder for the device's camera and also allows you to switch between messaging mode to the other, namely front camera, rear camera is audio only .
- After selecting a messaging mode by tapping on the viewfinder, simply touch and hold a contact to record a short audio or video message (maximum 10 seconds) and release it to send it.
- If you want to send a photo instead, just tap once.
- Once you send a message, you have 3 seconds to delete it. so simple. Check out the video below, showing Tribe in action:
When an audio / video message is opened by the recipient, it is played in full screen in a loop (see the accompanying screen below) and the sender receives a notification. When the message is read and closed, it is deleted forever from Tribe's servers, thus making Tribe quite useful for short, private conversations.
The tribe can also include information based on the context of the sender, such as location and time in the audio / video message.
However, this can be easily disabled in the settings. In addition to this, it is also possible (optionally) to allow the recipient (s) to save the messages sent to them. Take a look at the screenshot below:
Other noteworthy features:
- Preload messages in the background.
- Block contacts.
- On-demand support from the foundation team.
- Lower the screen to search for contacts.
Tribe: perfect for fast audio / video messaging
With all the popular instant messaging applications that have become too heavy and inefficient to use, Tribe impresses with its simplistic approach to swapping self-destructing audio / video messages and photos quickly. Although a little glacial (which is fine, since still in beta), but it works well enough for what it is. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.