Do you really need to get another messaging app for your smartphone? Well, if it is as cool and as fun as ComiXchat, why not?
As its name implies, ComiXchat is an app that turns your chat conversations into comic panels. The app was launched just very recently on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices, just in time of course for the New York Comic Convention (NYCC), which just opened.
Using the app is pretty straightforward. All the users need to do is choose any of the hand-illustrated avatars, which in good ol' comics fashion, range from dragons to knights to talking animal characters. The app then automatically generates comic strip illustrations out of your chat conversation -- the lines you type instantly become speech bubbles hovering over the character you are using. If you want to soup up the look of your comics chat conversation, you can tap mood icons in the messaging app.
Yes, ComiXchat may be a terribly inefficient way to hold a mobile chat conversation. And because you do not have control over how the comic panels are generated, there is a very good chance that conversations will be rendered in horribly (or hilariously) out of context comic strips. But the concept of ComiXchat is so far from other existing messaging apps that users may not mind the difference. They may even welcome it as a breath of fresh air compared to other not-as-fun messaging apps out there. Sure, emojis are cool and all, but why settle for those when you can make instant comics when chatting with your friends?
The chat app is a product of Nubis, a startup based in Australia. The company was formed roughly a couple of years ago with the goal of developing innovative mobile and social products. Case in point, they once worked on an app called Alphega, which allows users to turn their social media updates into visualizations based on geo-location.
As for ComiXchat, Nubis is encouraging other designers to chip in and help the company create more ready-to-use comic art for the app. The creators are also hoping for freemium features to aid in generating revenue.
But will ComiXchat fly? Well, that remains to be seen for now, and let's get real here -- this app is not going to topple Snapchat or WeChat anytime soon. But at least, it is something you can genuinely enjoy using, which is something that can not be said for other messaging apps out there.
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