Under the developer name of Reliance Jio Messaging Services Private Limited, Mukesh Ambani-owned company has launched its messaging application for free. For the moment, Jio Chat app is available for Android and iOS platform under the Communication and Social Networking category, respectively.
There is no single paid feature offered within the app while it covers almost all popular features on messaging platforms like conversion, voice call, video call and different Channels.
We already have dozens of options available when it comes to messenger applications and yesterday itself, Facebook rolled out desktop version of its Messenger app.
In this competitive era, its hard to find a unique space for a messaging application but scope is still there for better ones. During my initial usage, it impressed me by working just like any other good messaging app I have used in past.
Reliance Jio Chat Review
The very first part is its installation and setup. Since we are talking for Android and iOS platforms, so we just need to click on an ‘install’ option in the respected app stores. Let me now start with my complete review.
The app sizes 20MB and it won’t take long to get ready. Once installed, enter your phone number (which will, of course, act as a profile ID) which will be automatically confirmed by a text.
Once ready, you can enter your name, add a profile picture and you’re ready to go. Just like WhatsApp or Telegram, it imports contacts right from your device and showcase them.
You’ll come to know if a person in your contact list is using Jio Chat or not. If not, you can even invite him/her by clicking on an option labeled there. It will then send a text invite to the person, which won’t cost a dime.
Conversation window was looking like as of Hike while still maintaining a simplicity. Sending texts and sharing pictures and videos was pretty easy.
A sticker store is already built-in with lots of sticker package available. Emoticons are also supported within. Apart from normal texts, I was allowed to record and share voice notes as well. I really liked the Doodle feature and I won’t be a spoiler for you here. Try it out, it’s cool.
A calling option is already there using which either a voice call or video call can be made, depending on the device specs and network speed at your end.
I tried both and found them just good. If you’ve already tested WhatsApp calling feature in our country over the normal 3G network, then you can understand the quality of voice call I’m referring over here in respect to Jio Chat.
There was always a noise in the background and even I forget that it’s not a phone call, I was aware of it. Still, the app is featuring good standard, not to forget its just starting at the moment and I wish to experience better improvement later (of course, if I’ll use it in future).
When I said, the app isn’t offering any paid feature, I didn’t mean it completely. A Channel section is there that recommends certain offers and applications. For users, it depends on whether the app is free or paid but app developers are going to use it as monetization tool. Users are even allowed to follow their favorite brands and celebrities right through the Channels.
Other features I missed referring above were location sharing, unique user interface (I won’t call it elegant, but it is simple) and offline chat.
The offline chat works on the formula that you’re allowed to send messages even if internet connectivity isn’t there and those messages will get save in draft. Later, with the availability of internet connection, those drafts will proceed.
Who needs a new messaging app? If you said yes (or even gave it a glimpse), then try Jio Chat.
To be honest, Jio Chat has to offer strong reasons for us to start using it as our primary messenger. Yeah, just like WeChat or Hike, or may be something different.
See you in the discussion. Peace.