Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GeeVee adds privacy features to mobile communication

6/23/2015

How many times have you sent a text message to someone only to wish you could reach into their phone and delete it? That’s one of the many remarkable things you can do with a new communication platform called GeeVee.

What else does GeeVee do? How about having an SMS conversation that would disappear as soon as you finished. Or video calls without launching a separate app. And, perhaps it’s most valuable feature: none of your personal data or communication is stored by GeeVee or in the cloud.

You probably haven’t heard of GeeVee because it hasn’t been officially launched. But it has a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed and apps for Android and iOS that can be downloaded for free. GeeVee is currently open only by invitation, but you can connect using my code: “gizmo.”

The people behind GeeVee say on the website that it’s an alternative to current communication networks that are “tapped, unreliable and expensive.”
We are building the next-generation communications platform that puts you in control of your privacy, lowers your phone bills, and connects you every time.
I spent about a week exploring GeeVee and I found it to be well designed, responsive and easy, even fun to use. I especially like the range of functions in GeeVee’s messaging feature and the erasing options in particular.
After you type and send a message, you can long press on the chat bubble to bring up options: Copy, Forward and Delete. The options work on text that you enter and what your friend wrote and it works while a conversation is in progress or long after it’s over. The chat window also has a time bomb function will will erase a conversation after a few seconds or up to a minute - kind of like those secret messages Ethan Hunt got from his Mission Impossible controller.

Want to have a completely private exchange? Invert your phone and start typing. When the conversation is over, rotate the phone again and everything disappears. Other messaging options let you attach a photo - from your camera or stored gallery - an instant map showing your location or record and send a short audio message.

I also tested the built-in video option and found it to be every bit as clean and crisp as Facetime or Skype without the need to launch one of those apps or maintain a separate contact list. GeeVee says it’s video will work in locations where data service is poor or unavailable.

That feature should appeal to potential users in underdeveloped markets. Those users should also like GeeVee’s ability to skirt the local telcoms with low-cost voice calls.

If GeeVee delivers on their goals and promises, it will be an attractive alternative to many of the conventional networks and platforms for anyone who is concerned about their online privacy or just wants the convenience of am all-in-one service.

There's more about GeeVee in the video below. You can find the few apps in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store and follow GeeVee’s progress on Facebook and @geeveeme on Twitter.

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