Video calling has consistently been our top requested feature. Today, we are happy to introduce video calling on Wire for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.
That is not all. We are also fundamentally changing the way Wire works.
Wire’s voice calls have always been end-to-end encrypted. Today, we expand this to include all conversation content — text messages, video calls, photos, sketches. It is all now encrypted end-to-end, which means it is private and secure.
Nice. The Berlin based app just got a shot at becoming the go-to app for anyone who needs video call capabalities but hates Skype’s dysmal user interface and voice quality.
Think podcasters for example.
(That right there is not a very huge market; in fact, it is a very small one. But I am excited about this because I am a podcaster. Besides that, Wire now has a real shot at becoming a more central communications hub for a lot of people and even corporations. Exciting. The technology is ace. Let’s see how the rest will shake out.)
While Wire wouldn’t give specific numbers regarding its active users, a spokesperson told VentureBeat that it has “built up a loyal and very engaged audience,” and it has notched up around 150,000 to 250,000 sign-ups each month. Based on Google Play data, we know that the Android app alone has been downloaded between 500,000 and one million times, so when you factor in iOS and desktop users, Wire’s suggestion that it has garnered a few million registrations since launch seems about right.