Technology company Jongla says its new instant messaging app that lets mobile users consume less data and memory space is being launched in Lagos to target the Nigerian market.
Jongla says the app will be launched at the Mobile West Africa Conference in Lagos.
Jongla says its messaging app which uses less bandwidth and just 10% of the handset’s memory space enables users to send and receive unlimited free text messages, stickers, photos, videos and funny voice messages over the Internet using low-speed Wi-Fi networks as well as 4G, 3G, EDGE and GPRS.
The Jongla app, specifically designed for emerging markets, because it takes only 2.5MB to download on Android phones, opens up the world of free instant messaging to people living and working in Africa, where cellular and data services are often unreliable and expensive, the technology company says.
Jongla app can be used more often and in more places as it uses innovative technology to reduce bandwidth usage, “so it helps people save their data plan and money, according to its maker which says that the app also has a number of other innovative features that will appeal to people looking for a free and reliable way to communicate with their friends, family and colleagues.[quote font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]The Jongla app, specifically designed for emerging markets, because it takes only 2.5MB to download on Android phones, opens up the world of free instant messaging to people living and working in Africa, where cellular and data services are often unreliable and expensive, the technology company says.[/quote]
According to Jongla, its instant messaging app allows users to chat seamlessly with all their phone book contacts. Users are not restricted to chatting only with other Jongla users. If the recipient does not have the app installed, they can chat via Jongla web app without needing to download or register.
The app features an embedded voice effects studio which lets users record up to one minute long push-to-talk voice messages and add sound effects to make them sound like a different person, animal or funny thing, the software company says.
Jongla also let users access to enjoy group chats with up to 100 friends while using full TLS encryption to keep the chats safe and protects privacy by allowing users to set a personal pass code lock.
Riku Salminen, CEO of Jongla, says “we have made instant messaging possible for people who don’t have high-end smartphones and live and work in areas where there is often limited access to mobile broadband.”
According to him, “we chose Nigeria to launch Jongla in Africa because we know that many people here are frustrated with the current user experience that most of the IM apps offer. We have been able to solve various technical challenges without needing to compromise on functionality.”
Jongla CEO says that, “users want something more fun and personal than just basic messaging to connect with friends and family. We believe in a world where everyone can communicate instantly, freely and securely from anywhere and with anyone regardless of where they live, which phone they have and which network they can access.”
The Jongla team plans to add new social and collaborative features to the Jongla app that will go way beyond traditional messaging with the next generation of the app with new social features expected to be launched by mid-2016.
Jongla is already localized to 20 languages and it can be downloaded for free by people living and working across Africa from the App Store, Google Play, Microsoft Store, and Firefox Market-Place, the tech company says.