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This article was published on October 24, 2013


    500 Startups-backed Cubie brings its mobile messaging app to the desktop with a Chrome app

    500 Startups-backed Cubie brings its mobile messaging app to the desktop with a Chrome app
    Jon Russell
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    Jon Russell

    Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

    Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 17.50.55Cubie, the multimedia-focused messaging app backed by 500 Startups, is the latest to offer a desktop version of its service, giving its 9 million registered users support beyond its iOS and Android apps.

    Rivals like Line, Kakao, Skype and Viber offer fully-fledged desktop apps, but Cubie’s is a Chrome packaged app — something we at TNW are big fans of.

    The Cubie desktop app supports text chats, photo sharing, stickers, drawing and Snapchat-like ‘whisper’ messages. Users can head to cubie.com/desktop for instructions on how to get the desktop app.

    Cubie’s James Hill tells us that developing for Chrome comes with a lot of benefits:

    Developing a Chrome app feels more like mobile than Web, it was easy to build a client for Cubie that would be lightweight without sacrificing functions available on mobile. Plus, it’s a work in progress so we can add to it in the future.

    ➤ Chat on Cubie from your desktop [Cubie blog]

    Related: Cubie lands $1.1m to grow its Draw-Something-meets-WhatsApp service in the U.S. and Japan

    Thumbnail image via casasroger / Flickr