Information Communication Technology (ICT) they say makes the world a global village, because it makes the transfer of information Swift and seamless, almost without any barriers. With the advent of social media as well, communication and even socialisation around the world became even smoother, further lessening the barriers. However, hitherto, social media was not designed to cater directly for the language barriers as well as facilitate global communication with someone with an entirely different language in other parts of the world. To communicate this, you see users, taking received information to translators and back, making communication really unnatural.
If technology at that stage could make the world a global village then with this App being introduced, the technology at this level has shrinker the world even smaller into a hamlet - reviving the times of Babel where all had a common Language. I give to You Ablo, the instant messaging app which takes you around the world, helps you make new friend, discover new cultures and communicate seamlessly with people of a different language.
Ablo raises social media to a new level with it's built-in live translator that makes you communicate in real-time with someone speaking a different language. It facilitates sharing of information about users culture by ranking users and rewarding them with souvenirs as well as badges. The app has different leaderboards; One for video calling, another for miles travelled, another for souvenirs sent, souvenirs received and for Video stars. This encourages user's participation for popularity.
Travel Around the World! - The Travel Section.
This is the first interface that meets the user when the app is opened and the trip is started immediately. The user can only make a few settings (trip planner settings) here such as the gender he/she would like to communicate with and the part of the world users would like to visit. After the settings, tapping on the screen begins your paper-plane flight to a random location in the aspect of the world the user have chosen.
You should note that besides the worldwide travel to communicate with both male and female randomly, all other specifications cost users coins. As an example, to speak with women alone costs 20 coins per connection. If the user decides to be more precise by specifying to chat with only women from Asia, it would cost 10 coins per Asia connection in addition to 20coins per female connection. That's a total of 30coins per connection for Asia women. As you can see in the image below, only worldwide random gender connections are free.
These settings can be accessed by tapping on the transparent "worldwide || Both" button.
In this section, the user can find the travel wallet. This wallet reveals how many coins you have as well as travel coins purchase options. The coins can be purchased with your ATM cards connected to playstore using Gpay.
This is probably my favourite part of the travel section, the user videos - similar to Instagram stories. However it is not as flexible as Instagram stories. In the travel videos, the video author is instructed by the app to turn 360 so as do display their surroundings. The Icon can be found at the top right section of the travel section.
So regardless of a user's location in the world you can share your surroundings for all Ablo users to see and he/she see the surroundings of others as well. Hold your device in a landscape orientation to get a wider view of the videos. Users have the options to post with or without sound, sharing live location where video was created and saving the content to device or not. Now is a screenshot of a user's video.
It doesn't cost coins to view these videos or give them a star. However you have one free contact access in a day. That is, you can chat up only one person for free in a day through these videos. Once free contact is exhausted, other contacts would cost you 200 travel coins.
Become a Popular User! - The leaderboard section
The leaderboard is on a per week basis. Users impressions on their videos shared in their stories, the number of video calls had within the app, the number of souvenirs sent and the number of souvenirs received are all recorded. The highest user for each of these categories within a week gets to be at the top of the leaderboards. The time left for the designated week to elapse before the records for the leaderboards are refreshed is also shown in the leaderboard section.
Within the leaderboard section, tapping on any of the user visible there reveals their profiles. A user profile provides some basic information about the user like the user's country, miles travelled, flight time and also the user's convenient language. It also reveals the the videos the user has posted, the souvenirs the user owns as well as the challenge completed.
A "send message" button is the the bottom of this information tab. If it's not visible just swipe up in any of the categories you're browsing through i.e souvenirs, challenges or videos.
Communicate with the world! - The Chat & Call section
This section stores users' conversation ever started during the paper-plane trip from country to country. Chatting is as smooth as other well known social media instant messenger. The conversation section has a time of white and "Ablo-green".
It is within the chat section a user can find his own profile and make adjustments to his details in addition to verifying both email address and phone number.
On the conversation screen, a user can share videos, GIFs, pictures or souvenirs. Souvenirs cost coins. A user can also have a video call with another call. There's a real time translation of the language of each user so that they would understand each other. It is displayed as captions during the call. Also in the texts, you can tap on it to reveal the original language sent before translation.
Some Ablo Rules!
Ablo says that they "... Wouldn't hesitate to leave you at the gate" if you break any of these.
• No Flirting (Without Consent)
• No pushing to send pics or contact details
• No **ual or abusive behaviour
• No racism, bullying or Violence
• No spam
They encourage that you upload only your own content; photo and videos. They take copyriy very seriously. They all encourage that you respect one another. Share your stories but do not overshare. They also encourage that you be very vigilant because they are sure scammers would want to also make deleterious use of the platform. Finally the team is just a click away.
Ride on a paper plane around a world with no Language Barrier!
1. Realtime built-in translator.
2. Worldwide connection of users.
3. Leaderboard to gain popularity easily.
1. Only very few actions available in the app that doesn't incur cost.
2. No dark mode for the App. The. Chat section can be too bright at night.
3. In the conversation screen, text cannot be replied as in a thread.
This is an opportunity to visit everywhere in the world from the comfort of our homes. It's no wonder it won the best app of 2019. It's an ushering into the next generation of social media. Ablo truly makes the world seem smaller with its paper planes.
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