The beautifully designed walkie-talkie style voice-messaging app that goes by the name of Roger has arrived for Android users.
The service is quite simple; it allows users to send voice messages to each other. While that is a feature available in almost every messaging app, Roger puts voice messages front and center of its beautifully-designed app, which also includes information snippets — like the weather or time of day — for the location of the person you are talking to.
While we have never been as connected as we are today, we rarely talk to each other anymore. And, though there are many apps with microphones, few encourage actual conversations. The team behind the Roger app created it to humanize the dominant mode of communication on mobile — which for most people is text — and encourage more voice conversations.
The Roger team revealed that it has users in over 120 countries worldwide. The team also shared some interesting feedback that it received from one segment of users: those who are visually impaired. The team said they were quite surprised how many blind people became users and from feedback they learned more about how blind and disabled people use technology. Though there are 300 million blind people in the world, the difficulties of communicating via a smartphone do not surface enough, they added.
The service also has a nifty feature for reaching those not using it; SMS integration allows you to send audio messages as a link that can be opened by the recipient even if they do not have the Roger app.