Messaging: the key layer of every meaningful app

Mary Meeker recently released her annual treatise on the state of the Internet, “Internet Trends 2015.” Almost immediately after its release, I received messages from many tech industry friends, all remarking on the language she used to summarize the role messaging plays in apps: “Internet Trends,” 2015 We agree wholeheartedly. Here at Layer, we feel […]

What we learned building a Layer messaging app for Apple Watch

Push notifications are at the core of the Layer messaging service. Where some platforms provide push as a complementary offering, push is a fundamental pillar of our system. Every message that’s delivered to a device via Layer is optionally accompanied by a push notification, and this works across platforms and devices. Our fondness for the […]

Join Layer and Parse for our Google I/O Party

We’re teaming with our friends at Parse to host a party during Google I/O. Join us on May 27th — the evening before the conference kicks off — at Layer’s San Francisco HQ. Come for drinks, food, music and great company. If you came to Layer’s I/O party last year, you know the turnout was […]

Join us for #OpenLayerHQ May 20

#OpenLayerHQ is office hours at Layer’s SF headquarters, where app creators can talk to Layer engineers, support staff, product experts, designers, and growth team members. It’s a great opportunity to have any of your questions answered as you work to integrate Layer. Last month’s event was a big success, and we’d like to invite you […]

Announcing Early Access for Layer for Web

It’s been nine weeks and six days since we opened up the Layer platform. Our mission: communications in every app. In this short 69 days, we’ve been inspired by the communications experiences you’ve imagined and built. You, Layer developers, are in 126 countries around the world. You’re in 1,360 cities. You’re on six of the […]

Messaging for the on-demand economy

If you live in the developed world, you likely have access to apps that let you order just about anything from the comfort of your couch. You can purchase groceries, cleaning services, or food delivery, call a car, or even arrange a doctor visit. Over the past few years the number of these on-demand apps […]

Building blocks for logistics: maps and notifications

Editor’s note: This is a cross-post from Mapbox‘s Peter Liu. It’s a sneak peek of a larger collaboration between Mapbox, the building block for maps, and Layer, the building block for communications. More to come! Technology is reinventing on-demand services to include everything from shipping to laundry, and the central innovation is realtime logistics. Delivery-on-demand […]

Layer at Disrupt NY Hackathon 2015

The Layer team is in NYC for TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and we’d love to meet you. Hackathon participants can sign up up for Layer here. Layer is giving away a $1,000 cash prize as well as one year’s subscription to our Startup Plan ($300 value) for a total of $1300 in value for “Best Use […]

Spotlight on a Layer user: Photobucket

tl;dr: With 100 million monthly active users, Photobucket sought to enable friends and loved ones to better connect and share on mobile devices. After a thorough buy vs. build vetting process, Photobucket’s Lasso app turned to Layer to power in-app messaging. To learn more about how the team integrated Layer, join our TechTalk with co-founder […]

Marketplace apps need native communications

Marketplace apps have changed the way we find goods and services. Need an Ikea table assembled? Use Handy. Need a place to stay for your friend’s wedding? Book with Airbnb. Need to find a babysitter for Friday night? Try Urbansitter. Marketplace apps are fundamentally about connecting people — those who have goods and services, and […]

The art of powering the Internet’s next messaging system

Last week hundreds of developers gathered in downtown San Francisco to attend Erlang Factory SF Bay, a two day tech conference focused on the Erlang programming language. The conference “brings together the rapidly growing community that uses Erlang in order to showcase the language and its various application to today’s distributed environments.” Joining them were […]

Kicking off monthly #OpenLayerHQ developer office hours

Since we opened up the Layer platform and announced Atlas, our customizable UI toolkit, for general availability at the end of February, we’ve been amazed at the variety of applications and experiences that developers are building on Layer. From connecting communities around common interests like sports or career development, to shareable to-do lists, the possibilities […]