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Taiwan-born developer launches real-time app

Staff writer, with CNA

A Taiwan-born Canadian developer has launched a new messaging app that lets users see what people on the other side of conversations are writing as they type, and has said he plans to launch it in Taiwan in the coming months.

Unlike traditional texting apps, the beta version of Beam Messenger, released last week for Android phones, is “a first of its kind True Real Time communications app,” Toronto-based Beam Propulsion Lab wrote on its Web site.

The free app, which is not available in Taiwan’s Google Play Store, promises to be “the closest you will get to having a verbal conversation in a messaging app” as participants in a conversation can see text entry and erasing in real time.

One example the developer gave of how the app works described cutting off a friend who might be repeating an old tale as he or she is still typing it.

Paul Wang (王柏堯), the 24-year-old head of Beam Propulsion Lab, told CNA that his company plans to launch the English version of the app in Taiwan within the next few months, with a Chinese version to follow as the firm targets the Chinese market.

Currently, Beam Messenger is available in select markets and only allows one-on-one conversations in English and basic transmission of images.

However, other features, such as multiuser conferences and a greater number of world languages, are still in the development stage.

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