Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — just.me, the mobile first global social messaging app, is building on the strong success of its iOS launch today by releasing its Android version 1.0 in the Google Play Store in 32 languages, and is also announcing enhancements to its iOS and HTML5 versions.
The Android app is available now on all Android platforms supporting “Ice Cream Sandwich” or above. Like its iOS counterpart, it integrates media capture (one or multiple voice, video and images in a single message) with text, and supports private, shared and public messages. Users can share with anybody in their contact list without needing to “import” or “invite” them to the app and those contacts can receive messages from just.me users even if they do not download the app. With just.me, anybody with either a phone number or an email address can receive a message from a just.me user.
just.me for Android incorporates the latest guidelines Google announced for developers at its recent I/O event, including design guidelines and rich notifications – permitting responses to a notification right within the notification center. just.me is designed to run on Android phones, small tablets or full sized tablets.
just.me for HTML5 has been updated to support the Firefox OS and other rich HTML5 browsers. The major new benefit for users of just.me on the web is that the just.me web app can now do more than read messages; it can send replies. This change in just.me’s HTML5 app opens up just.me conversations to 100% of all web users as well as those on Firefox OS, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and other devices.
Beyond the platform launch on Android and the introduction of web replies for HTML5, just.me today launches its version 1.1 for iOS that includes several significant enhancements.
Firstly, just.me has completely redesigned its welcome and registration process to make it close to effortless. just.me understands that the next chapter of successful mobile apps depends on apps being quick and easy to use. just.me is leading this effort through a greatly simplified registration process that enables users of just.me to immediately start using the app without even registering.
Secondly, just.me redesigned its user dashboard for a user’s contacts. By doing so, just.me breaks the ‘walled garden’ approach of other apps by now providing a fully featured ‘Contacts’ screen enabling quick and easy communication through just.me – including by native just.me messages, email, or SMS. New too is the ability to initiate telephone calls to contacts with phone numbers from directly within the app. With its upgraded ‘Contacts’ screen, just.me serves as a single integrated messaging platform, enabling users to leverage the contacts on their phone in order to message and share all types of media. This enhancement underscores just.me’s view that the phone is itself so social that it does not require a social network. The phone as a device and its address book are each user’s own unique social network.
Thirdly, just.me is making it easier to move discussions that start in the just.me ‘public stream’ to a ‘shared’ message mode between two or more just.me users. This improvement recognizes that serendipitous meetings in the public stream are happening at an increasing rate and that users are passionate to have a way to move a public conversation to a personal one between specific users. By enabling users to hold shared (non-public) conversations as long as all users opt in, just.me encourages its global user base to interact more deeply and to build new connections. This feature resulted from requests by users and illustrates how just.me is becoming a place to meet new and interesting people from all over the world.
“Since our just.me launch in April, we have been very closely observing and measuring how our global user base has used just.me – and have been astounded at how the app has resonated”, stated Keith Teare, just.me Founder and CEO. “We understand that there is always room for improvement, so we listened to feedback and believe that these enhancements will deepen the passion, usage and engagement to help make just.me a must-have app.”
Users can now enjoy just.me on three major platforms
With its launch on Android today and its more fully featured messaging on the web, just.me now enables almost 1.5 billion smartphone users and over 2.5 billion web users to use just.me as a complete solution for their rich messaging needs.
Teare expressed that “getting just.me onto the Android platform and web is important. As a messaging platform, just.me users can now seamlessly communicate across platforms and through the web in an unlimited fashion using all of their media to share with as many or as few people as they decide. Today marks just the start of many exciting updates for just.me.”
Vinod Khosla, General Partner at Khosla Ventures, said, “The smartphone messaging market is at the beginning of its life. Apps like WhatsApp and LINE represent just a moment in that evolution. just.me is envisaging what comes next. Today’s triple release on iOS, Android and HTML5 is a very impressive effort from a highly focused and motivated team.”
Impressive First 90 Days Traction
Taken together, today’s launch — on Android, the update to the HTML5 version, and the update to iOS — all build on just.me’s global reach and capabilities as a global social messaging platform. In its first 90 days since just.me launched on April 17 on iOS only and read only on the web, the user base is more than 250,000.
For iOS, just.me has seen over 5 million screen views driven by over 140,000 iOS users. 81% of iOS users are returning users. just.me’s average sessions are 2 minutes with 11 events per user session. The geographical reach of the just.me iOS app is broad. Over 200 countries have active user bases.
On the web, where until today users could only read and view content, the just.me web app has had over 117,000 users for the same period with average visit duration of 1.55 minutes and 2.4 pages per visit.
Teare summarized just.me’s progress to date saying, “just.me is growing and engaging with great retention. With the release of Android and enhanced HTML5 and iOS versions today, we now believe just.me will also be viral.”
just.me is available for download at http://www.just.me/gettheapp. It is available in 32 languages in 155 countries and is free.
ABOUT JUST.ME just.me upgrades your ability to message your friends and family on your smartphone. just.me is simple, free and unlimited. The company was founded by Keith Teare in 2011. Its investors include Khosla Ventures, Google Ventures, True Ventures, betaworks, SV Angel, Michael Arrington, and Archimedes Labs.