So a couple of days ago I came across the Let’s Chat app by Yadah Connect, I’m sure by now you’re familiar with Yadah Connect.
Frankly speaking (or typing), I took a look at it and didn’t see anything screaming “write about me”. I just thought of it as a standard application that most religious congregations now have. Well, maybe to say most is a stretch but you get the idea.
I downloaded the app from the Play Store on Tuesday (2 January 2018) and it had 100 – 500 downloads, which I thought were quite low considering the following that prophet Magaya has, I mean it’s obviously not just the PHD congregants that would be interested in it. Remember, PHD is not really a Church (in it’s most commonly used meaning), but a Christian gathering meaning you can belong to any other congregation but go there for P,H and D. Yup, prophecy, healing and deliverance.
However, I then checked it out again a day later i.e. on Wednesday and it had upped to the 500 -1K downloads range, I thought that was impressive. Today it’s at 1000 – 5000 downloads. Surprisingly, according to Hon Supa (minister of ICT and Cyber Security) and Prophet Magaya, the app had 122k downloads on the night of its launch (cross over night). This would have been easy to believe considering the PHD following but my problem is the disparity between that and the stats on Play Store.
Obviously Google Play Store is not the only place where apps can be downloaded but from my search so far, the only link being sent out by the ministry is the Play Store link. Also, say from the devs’ end they see those many downloads, but still it doesn’t add up considering that by now that should be reflecting to the rest of us the ordinary users on Play Store. But then again, they could have been referring to users and not necessarily downloads, which becomes a different story altogether.
The other reason why I had chosen to ignore it was that the app kept crashing. I couldn’t scroll the app for more that 30 seconds without receiving a crash report and no, I’m not exaggerating. Today however, after the update, it functioned better (though I still experienced one or two crashes).
NB: To reduce the crashes, you might need to give the app permission to access your phone.
Anyway, why did I eventually decide to write about it today? Well, truth is I just saw it on one too many publications and then figured I might be missing something.
So, I read a few and listened to the interview on 263Chat (a press conference rather) and took home a few points. Though I still feel the need to put this out there: I really don’t understand why the app needed the minister nor a press conference to be announced… but hey, I’m open to being schooled.
According to prophet Magaya, the main aim of the app is to curb fake news, by that I mean PHD and/or Magaya related fake news. The reasoning is simple; unless something is posted on the app, then it’s fake.
The other utility besides chat, is that the app is meant to enable people to host conference video calls with of up to 20 different users.
Again, in the press conference, prophet Magaya mentioned how the app can be used to make purchases particularly ZESA tokens, it is integrated with PayChat. However, all this I cannot confirm yet because it does not appear on the app, I presume the application is still being developed. It is until then that we can write more on it, especially the PayChat bit of the app.
Lastly, the use of the app is not limited to PHD members, but for everyone. If you want to download it, click here.
13 thoughts on “Magaya Launches A WhatsApp Alternative: Let’s Chat”
Supa and Walter should respect us. The press should also respect us. After all that hullabaloo they should have just left it at that. Much ado about nothing.
respect iwewe manje?
can you start doing proper reviews of apps, these essays and opinion pieces don’t cut it, how hard is it get screenshots of the apps which you can just caption and report on properly?
The screenshots part I concur, thanks. Will improve…
PS: and I quote:
“However, all this I cannot confirm yet because it does not appear on the app, I presume the application is still being developed. It is until then that we can write more on it, especially the PayChat bit of the app”
Hope you read this part too.
Oh and yea, my job goes beyond just reviewing apps. I get to say my opinion as well.
say your opinion, or voice your opinion ?
I was expecting to see a great app after the press update but alas, now they have just added the whatsapp clone script https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letschat , just another ndeipi https://www.whatsappupdate.com/ . I wonder how innovative they will get with that clone script
I’m really disappointed in what gets mistaken for innovation nowadays ?. This is just a whatsapp clone, my enquiries from the site, says he paid atleast $1300 for the source code. He could have hired Zim developers to develop some unique & given us the money ?
what would you expect from a crap website such as this, they focus too much on politics and forget the stuff like : http://fortune.com/2018/01/05/intel-ceo-stock-security-flaws/ this is serious reporting!! not this clown-show techzim circus crap!
It has a lot of bugs .no useful functions..
The link in this article is dead, and I cant find the app on Google Play Store
Link was taken from their page (PHD ministries).
However, looks like the app has been hidden.
When people with no technical background whatsoever start yapping about “technology”, that’s what you get!
This reminds me of the classic joke about a PC user who phoned the Help Desk to complain that his PC was “dead”. After some focused quizzing from the support chap it turned out the idiot had not even plugged the PC power cable and the support chap was so upset he gave the idiot instructions to pack the whole stuff back into the box and return it to the supplier — yeah, he felt the user was so dumb he didn’t deserve to own the PC!!
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