Seeing what the Americans have done to Hawaii when they ban it from using android, Jeff Shibani, a 34year-old man from Giyani decided it was high time that the country has apps of its own to make it self-reliant, so he developed a chat platform that could replace whatsapp, and called it “Hi-Chat Messenger.”
It is a free messaging app available for Android and other smart phones. The platform works exactly like whatsapp and does not require user name or pin in order to be operated, it works with your phone number to identify other users, and integrates with an existing phone address book.
Users can easily stay in touch with their friends or families through group chat. “Your address book is used to identify and quickly connects you with contacts that have Hi-Chat Messenger,” explained Shibani, who is also known as G-boy amongst his friends.
According to him, there is no need to add contacts to the chat before one is able to chat with them. On top of that, the platform is able to make internet calls, send and receive photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.Shibani said he had design it in such a way that when you send a video call message, it would appear clearer on the other side. “When you do a video call it doesn’t buffer…making the video look poor and blurry, because I have made video waves transaction lighter,” he explained.
“The platform could be a hit if marketed well, since it has been designed in such a way that it be data friendly compared to other popular chat platforms,” he continued saying he had done “graphic test” on it which showed that it was about 30% lower compared to other platforms.
“The test included sending equal messages on three chat platforms and observed the behaviour of the data consumption indicator graphs on each platform to see how they compared,” he said.
According to him, although the chat platform is currently being used by friends known to him, it is still on the trial stage. “I’m still working on it, and when I’m done, my plan is to publish it on the Google Play store for everybody to download it,” he said.Shibani can be whatsapped or contacted on, 0711648543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shibani has a degree in IT, but he is currently unemployed hence he is looking for sponsors to help him push his talent.