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Come summer 2014, Layer says it will open source all of the protocols it plans to use to power your messaging apps.
The company also plans on providing its SDK for free, including user interface mockups developers can use to get started designing apps.
The company has created an all-star team of communications experts with .5 million in funding behind them.
Yang says, "Given the explosion of mobile messaging applications, Layer is very much the right idea at the right time." "Layer delivers on the promise of XMPP / Jabber, which was a great idea, but was ahead of its time," says Štolfa, co-founder of Layer.
He invented XMPP — often referred to as Jabber — the common language used by many IM apps to talk to to each other.
in some cases delaying innovation on our newest ideas," says Inbox CTO Hani Shabsigh.
If Layer had been available, Shabsigh says, Inbox could have spent just a few days building out its back-end and the rest of its time working on creating an addictive user experience. could have released the app to the world to see if it stuck, and if it didn’t, they could move on to the next thing.
And any app built with Layer can talk to other apps using it (assuming each app’s creator allows it).
Adding Layer is supposedly as simple as adding a Google Maps view to your restaurants app, or hooking up Stripe for payments. "It’s a life mission for me to make a really good communications system, and you can look at Layer as patron of that." Layer was co-founded by Ron Palmeri, who was pivotal in the success of Grand Central (which was acquired by Google and later became Google Voice), and Tomaž Štolfa, founder of Vox.io, a service which let you chat and make voice calls from a web browser without any plug-ins.
"The problem is on mobile, the tech stack is obsolete." The problem was also that Jabber as a medium didn’t make any money.