From the time the idea for Layer was conceived, our heads have been spinning thinking about the possibilities. We’ve spoken exhaustively both internally among ourselves and externally with app developers about the envelope-pushing ways the platform could be leveraged.
But even so, we’re amazed at the cool things you’re building and the level of enthusiasm you’re bringing.
In just one week since we issued a call for the first 50 beta applications, we’ve received more than 3,000 qualified requests. The range is nothing short of awesome. For example:
- One of the most popular games in the iOS app store (favorited by Ron’s kids and likely many of yours) that boasts 60M MAU. Building player-to-player messaging into the game will be transformative, increasing engagement.
- Several shopping apps (each with their own unique slant), that enable real-time fashion advice while shopping.
- Several apps, spanning a broad spectrum, that see Layer as being transformative to the way they handle support today.
- An app that enables communications between doctors, nurses and other medical staff in hospitals.
- An app that connects all of the various people — crime scene investigators, police officers and others — who work on a crime scene. This one is particularly special when you come to understand how little communication there is among these groups at current.
- An app that acts a marketplace connecting lenders and business owners.
These in addition to several household name companies that we can’t mention specifically yet. A ride sharing service, a room booking service and a payment processing service that you’ve heard of, just to name a few.
An update on beta access:
We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to our call for beta and are reviewing and personally responding to every single application. You took the time to show support for what we’re building and we’ll show you the same respect in return. Our pace is not for the purpose of generating hype or creating demand, but rather to ensure we do this right. We’ll allow 50 developers access in the coming weeks and work closely with each, making sure we nail our SDK and perfect our service. Then, when we feel confident that our service is ready for more broad usage, we’ll open the floodgates. We hope you understand why we’ve chosen this approach – you can trust that we’re working 24/7 to get Layer into your hands.
If you haven’t applied yet, we encourage you to do so.