Glide for Apple Watch Delivers Live Video Messages on Your Wrist
Lightning-fast live video messaging on smartwatches will change the way we communicate
NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 – Glide, the Israeli startup whose popular live video messenger has attracted more than 15 million users since launching two years ago, today released Glide for Apple Watch, the first app to enable video playback on the device.
Delivering on the futuristic promise of quick visual communication on wristwatches, Glide’s engineers fused the company’s patented streaming video technology with a simple and intuitive interface. Today’s launch of Glide for Apple Watch makes the company the first in the world to offer video messaging on a smartwatch.
With Glide for Apple Watch, users can receive video, text and photo messages on their wrists. They can even watch inbound videos live as they’re being recorded, or later at their convenience. The app leverages Apple’s “Handoff” feature, which lets users seamlessly switch from watching a video on the Watch to continuing from the exact same spot on the iPhone’s larger screen.
“We are very bullish on the Apple Watch and believe that live video messaging from your wrist will rapidly become the easiest way to keep in touch with friends and family on the go,” said Ari Roisman, CEO and co-founder of Glide. “By combining Glide with the Apple Watch, we are ushering in a new era of digital communication that will largely replace text messaging. ‘Tap and talk’ messaging delivers a more natural experience on these devices’ tiny screens than typing. It’s fast, effortless and fun!”
Apple Watch users can respond to incoming notifications directly from the Watch. They can easily react to any Glide message by choosing a customizable text, sending a fun emoji or using speech-to-text to dictate their reply. To record a video response, users can launch Glide on their iPhone and send a message with a single tap.
Glide for Apple Watch Features
- Notifications – Get alerts on your Apple Watch when friends send you video, photo or text messages.
- Live Video Playback – Watch live video messages on your Apple Watch – either in real-time or later, at your convenience.
- Photo and Text Messaging – Glance at your Apple Watch to see photo or text messages as they’re received
- Quick Responses – Reply to any message on the Apple Watch with customizable texts and fun emojis or use the speech-to-text function to dictate your response
- Missed Messages – See all of the messages you missed in one convenient list; an icon indicates which are video messages
Glide for Apple Watch is available for free in the App Store or at http://glide.me/apple-watch.
Founded in 2012, Glide is the world’s first and only messaging application to leverage streaming video technology. Glide provides a new way for consumers to communicate from smartphones, tablets and smartwatches via video. The lightning fast app combines the benefits of video calling and text messaging – without their respective limitations. Glide messages start being delivered in less than one second, allowing video messages of up to 5 minutes to be viewed and replied to by the recipient either immediately or later. Glide is available for free on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android smartphones and tablets.
For more information, visit http://glide.me. Follow Glide on Twitter (@GlideApp), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/glideme) or Instagram (@theglideapp). Glide’s press kit is available at bit.ly/GlidePressKit.