Skype co-founder Janus Friis and team have launched Wire for free and being rolled out on invite-only basis. Wire available on iOS, Android and Mac OSX, allow users to sync conversations, call one another, participate in one-to-one and group messaging, share text, pictures, GIFs, HD audio and other rich media, including content from SoundCloud tracks and YouTube videos. The audio quality of Wire’s voice calls is supposed to be exemplary, with its use of the Opus open source audio codec.
Currently Wire lack of video support for either real-time video chat or asynchronous recordings. However, Chief executive Jonathan Christensen says that Wire has the necessary skills to develop such a feature.
What’s most impressive about Wire for non-technical user is Wire’s elegant design. The design is one where most of the app’s features and the chats’ metadata are hidden away from view. The end result is a messaging client where focus is more on the content being shared, rather than app itself which almost disappears into background.
Security is major concern for Wire. Wire is compliant with European privacy laws and regulations. Christensen says that Wire uses end-to-end encryption for all of its voice calls, and encryption to and from its data centres for all messages and media. The company is currently working on HTML5 version of Wire app and plans to have PC-compatible version ready.
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The Verge [Skype founder backs Wire, the ‘best possible communication tool’]
TechCrunch [Skype Co-Founder Backs Wire, A New Communications App Launching Today On iOS, Android And Mac]
Android Central [Wire is a communications service that offers a modern UI and end-to-end encryption]