Tribe Video Messenger hit the Play Store earlier this year and quickly found a small but loyal following. According to its creators, Tribe was designed to replace boring tiny keyboards and all other conventions present in most modern messaging apps. The messenger features an intuitive user interface which allows you to send short videos of your humble self with just a single tap and was specifically designed for one-handed use. In addition to that, the app just introduced a so-called Magic Words feature which provides context to certain keywords which are mentioned during conversations. For example, if someone writes “Barack Obama”, Tribe turns those words into interactable objects which you can use to quickly access Obama’s website, Twitter, and Wikipedia page, as well as watch his latest speeches on YouTube. The app can also be used to create events out of messages and is just generally really focused on delivering a unique communications experience which revolves around interaction.
Another cool Tribe feature is WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram integration which allows you to send video invites to friends even when the app isn’t open. In case you’re a fan of digitally enhanced videos, Tribe boasts a variety of video filters which should fulfill all your creative needs. The app itself is also rather customizable and supports custom themes, as well as simple audio messaging for situations in which you don’t feel like showing your face. In case you’ve just started using Tribe, note that you can search for contacts at any time by pulling down the screen and are able to “Snooze” videos which you can’t watch now but want to be reminded of later. Last but not least, the so-called Rush mode increases the speed at which you receive video messages and is super useful if you’re using Tribe without a great data connection.
Developers refer to the aforementioned design approach as augmented messaging and are convinced that Tribe can revolutionise the way we use video messengers and communications apps in general. It remains to be seen whether the app succeeds in that endeavour but no one can argue that Tribe isn’t a one-of-a-kind messaging experience.