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February 24, 2014

Libon Makes Mobile IM Available to Everyone

One of the most used communication tools available on mobile devices is instant messaging (IM), because it is much cheaper than voice. It can also be used with many different applications that are available for free, but often times this requires the other party to have the same application on their device. While this is beneficial to the creators of the application, there are many occasions in which the people you want to contact will want nothing to do with installing another app on their device.

To overcome this problem, Libon, a three-in-one application that provides free calls, chat and smart voicemail, is now making it possible for users without the application installed on the device to receive messages from Libon users and reply via HTML5 in the phone's browser.

The app was developed by Orange Vallée, a subsidiary of the Orange Group in charge of innovation and development. This development was a move by the global operator to generate revenues by slowing down or stopping over-the-top (OTT) messaging providers like Skype and others from taking their customers.

This new upgrade will let users send text, picture, and audio messages for free whether they have Libon on their device or not. When a user sends a message to a non-Libon user, they will receive a link that will send them directly to an HTML5 chat window to continue the conversation with an interface that can be used on tablets, laptops or desktop browsers.

The adoption of HTML5 by developers is introducing new solutions for many industries including gaming, entertainment, healthcare, finance and public organizations with a platform that is free of compatibility issues. Using WebRTC, HTML5 allows users to communicate with each other with just a browser that supports this platform. This has made it possible to integrate voice and video communications solutions on websites at much more affordable price points.

Once the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) adopts the HTML5 standards, the browser based communication solutions this platform provides will be part of everyone's connected device.

Libon is available for Android and iOS devices.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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