Mobile video is quickly becoming the most popular way for younger generations to communicate. Just look at any millennial’s phone and you’ll probably see apps like YouTube, Snapchat, Periscope, and Vine. Now, new kid on the block Chubble is joining the ranks.
The app lets users stream 90-second clips and watch their friends’ reactions in real time. “We have an emotional intelligence algorithm that detects faces using the front camera and tells the streamer how their friends feel,” said co-founder and CTO Albara Hakami. Users can also comment on the streams. “Our mission is to help people communicate their feelings, encouraging people to focus on their similarities, like emotions, rather than their differences,” he added.
The team, originally from Saudi Arabia but now based in Silicon Valley, is made up of five people. Together they’ve built three apps, with Chubble being their main focus.
Chubble uses Sinch for SMS verification. When users register, Chubble asks them to verify their phone number so they can better find friends.
“We are using Sinch to help our users find their friends faster and it’s working out great,” said Hakami.
The team plans to add Flash Call Technology for verification in the near future.
The app is now live on both iOS and Android and the team plans to focus on its growth strategy. Based on feedback, they will work to improve the user experience and make sure people find it fun and useful, said Hakami.
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