A new messaging app has hit Android smartphones this week, one which actually lets you see messages before they’re sent.
Beam Messenger, which is currently free on the Google Play Store, shows you messages being written in real time, much like a multi-use Google document.
This obviously makes Beam a very interesting concept, one which could prove dangerous to many smartphone users out there.
If for example you’re texting a friend or family member and decide against sending a certain message after you’ve written it, they’ll still be able to see what you’ve written.
For the brutally honest amongst us it isn’t such an issue, but for drunken texters and those who edit their messages, it could prove an app better off avoiding.
The app does have its benefits though, by being able to see messages being written, it puts an end to users having to wait for a message to be sent to read it, and lets them plan a response or interject during a conversation.
Also, in terms of security, if you only show the message as it’s being written without actually sending it, there will be no physical trace of the message, making conversations more secure.
Similarly, as there’s no data transfer, you won’t use as much of your limits on your tariff using the app, essentially saving you money.
However, with a reported 70% of Facebook users having altered or deleted a post or status during their social media exploits, the jury is still out on whether the app will prove a success.
A previously stated, the Beam Messenger app is already available on Android, but will be available on iOS devices soon.
Reviews are currently mixed, with many users giving the app a 5 star rating, whilst some are berating the service for the messaging style, which is obviously extremely transparent.
One user has already claimed that he’s managed to foil six previous girlfriends who happened to cheat on him using the app, though these reports are obviously unconfirmed.
Either way, the benefits of the Beam Messenger app are right out there, along with its notable downsides.
However, if the app does take off here in the UK and in other western markets, it would come as no surprise to see mobile manufacturers considering using this style of message in its future operating systems.