Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Voxer, the Walkie Talkie App for Your Smartphone
Founded by Tom Katis in late 2010, Voxer is an app that turns your smartphone into a walkie talkie. Additionally, it's an all-in-one messenger that allows you to send live text, audio, and photo messages to a single friend or a group of friends. Because everything is stored in the cloud, you can view or listen to messages later in case you miss them. Voxer also works with Facebook so you can talk to your Facebook buddies via the app.
Katis got the idea for Voxerwhile he was serving as a special forces communications sergeant for the US Army in Afghanistan. He found communication on the battlefield difficult, especially when he was trying to coordinate reinforcements and the medical team in the middle of an ambush. Available for free for Apple and Android devices, Voxer has been gaining users around the world since its launch and even beat Facebook and Twitter as the most downloaded social networking app in the App Store at one point.