There's a new messaging application on Android that is starting to cause a bit of a stir. It's called Beam Messengers and its functionality is what sets it apart from other messenger apps.
Applications like WhatsApp, iMessage and Facebook Messenger appear to be instant, but none of them are anywhere near as instant as Beam. With Beam, people can actually see what you are typing while you type it, and vice-versa.
Beam removes the ability to exercise your own internal edit button. Everything you type appears on the recipient's device in real-time, that doesn't mean to say you can't correct grammatical errors or bad wording, it's just that all of this can be seen by the recipient.
It's a frightening concept, one that could make texting a little more like true-life conversations. Will it catch on? Most likely no. There's already too much hysteria that surrounds the 'recipient is typing' symbol that is present in both iMessage and Facebook Messenger.
Contrary to what you might first think about real-time chatting, it isn't actually a new concept. Real-time chatting was first fully taken advantage of by an instant messaging computer programme called ICQ way back in 1996.
ICQ was the first standalone instant messaging service that hit the web and such was its early success that AOL bought the company is 1998 for $407 million. The service still runs nowadays but it's only really popular in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Currently Beam is only available for Android devices but an iOS version of the application is said to be in development and could be available on the App Store in the not too distant future.
To see some GIFs of the app in action check out BuzzFeed's report here.