Zeebox Is Now Beamly: A Popular Social TV App

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People who have used social TV app in between 2012 and 2015 will definitely know Zeebox or Beamly. Zeebox was originally a UK-based social TV app co-founded by former CTO of the BBC iPlayer Anthony Rose. It is a second-screen social TV app allowing you to chat live and use the screen sync technology. It’s like having a Weixin chat feature in your TV. In addition, this app also offers you a program lists according to popularity and also the number of your friends who are connected. On top of that, you can also use the features in this app to display the information of the shows or movie you are watching. In short, this app makes your movie life easier.

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Screenshot of Zeebox app on Android devices

In 2014, Zeebox has been rebranded as Beamly. Although the name of the app has been changed, most of the features are still there. For example, Beamly is still offering its broadcasters to see what others are tweeting about a given show, movie, music video, or reality shows. Broadcasters can also leave their own comments with followers or friends who are connected to their Beamly account. What you don’t see in Zeebox is the that Beamly incorporates a bigger range of content discovery and social functionality to keep every user busy with their app all day long. News feeds about broadcaster’s favourite shows is just one to be mentioned.

Beamly app
Screenshot of Beamly app on iPhone

With so many unique features found in Zeebox or Beamly, it is without doubt this app has reached the United States quickly after it has become famous in the United Kingdom. In 2011, Zeebox has reported with over 2 million monthly active users. Can you imagine 2 million people are watching shows via Beamly app on iOS and Android? “We had a dream which was to create participation TV: instead of just sitting and watching, you would interact with the show. But to build that, we needed a TV guide so you could find shows and sort the guide by what was popular and buzzing,” co-founder and chief technology officer Anthony Rose told The Guardian ahead of the relaunch.

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Beamly App Not Working

Beamly app works on different kind of devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, Windows PC, iOS devices, or any Android phones and tablets. In the last quarter of 2015, Beamly app has been shut down after being acquired by New York based beauty products company, Coty, Inc. Therefore, Beamly app is currently not working. For those who have installed this app in your iOS or Android, you are still able to use it to leave comments on TV shows. If you would like to try this app for free, you can install Blackmart Alpha APK to your Android and then search for Beamly app from Blackmart Market.

In conclusion, whether it is Zeebox or Beamly, it is definitely something very unique and different from other apps we have seen. It is a social TV app but it is also considered a TV guide apps because it tells you what you love to watch. We didn’t see any new app in 2016 but we do hope there are similar or apps better than Beamly appear in the near future, such as 2017 or 2018. Have you used Zeebox or Beamly before? Leave a comment because we are love to hear it!

Weixin: Download Weixin and Try a New Web Chat Experience

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What is Weixin? Some web definition describe Weixin as the Chinese version of WeChat. In fact, the correct way of saying this should be WeChat is the English version of Weixin because Weixin was founded before WeChat. However, both of them are referring to the same thing. The only difference is the name of the app. Weixin or Wei Xin (??) means micro message in Chinese. It is widely used in China while the name WeChat is commonly used in the rest of the world including United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, Turkey, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, India, Russia, and other countries in South East Asia.

Weixin
Weixin

Weixin or WeChat is a free instant messaging software or application that you can use on any computer, PC, Mac, or any mobile device such as iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone, or Blackberry device. Weixin users are able to send text messages, voice messages, image, or video to anyone in their contact whenever they want. Up till today, this instant messaging app has been downloaded by millions of users in around the world since it was first released in January 2011. It is believed that there is at least one text message was sent through Weixin app every minute.

Advantages to Download Weixin

Weixin app allows users to send and receive text messages, voice messages, photos, and share their current location instantly. Users can keep in touch with their friends and family anywhere they want at anytime as long as there is an internet connection. Besides, Weixin also act like a “Friend Finder” app that allows user to look for other Weixin users who are currently online within 1,000 meter radius. This built-in feature uses the GPS function in a mobile phone to share its location if a user allows it. Other than traditional boring text messages, Weixin app has a few default emoticons which are very cute. Lazy users who choose not to type words have the option to use emoticons to express their feeling. Last but not least, the cost to download Weixin is zero. Weixin is free for download and free to use. Years ago, a SMS may cost $0.20 but today you can send unlimited text messages for free. As for iOS users, Weixin is fully compatible with any iOS version including iOS 3, iOS 4, iOS 5, iOS 6 and iOS 7. Never use Weixin before? It is time to download Weixin and try it on your mobile device. You will be surprised that a lot of your friends might be using it.

List of Weixin biggest competitor in the market today: LINE, Kaokao Talk, Hike, Talkbox, Feixin IM (??), and Xiaomi MiTalk.

Weixin Logo
Weixin Logo

How to Use Weixin Web Chat

Weixin web chat is the web version of Weixin where it allows you to use Weixin from your PC through any web browser. For those who want to chat with their friends using Weixin Web Chat or WeChat Web Chat, these are a few delicious steps to follow in order to run Weixin for PC.

Step 1: First of all, open Weixin and tap on “Web WeChat” from your mobile phone. See a green Start button? Click on it to begin.

Weixin Web Chat

Step 2: Open a web browser and go to https://web.wechat.com/ and scan the QR code with your smart phone. It works for Android, iOS, and Blackberry. A confirmation will be appeared at your mobile phone. Again, click on the green OK button to continue. Once you have set up Weixin Web Chat, you can access it at anytime you want.

Weixin Web Chat

With almost 3 years in the market, Weixin is now one of the most popular mobile apps in the market regardless of Android or iOS. It is a must to download Weixin and try it once in a lifetime. Lastly, you are welcome leave a comment if you have any problem using Weixin Web Chat or simply want to share something related to Weixin.

Updated March 24, 2016: You can now use Weixin (WeChat) to transfer money/fund to other Weixin users. See How to Transfer Money via WeChat (Weixin)

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