Launched this morning, the desktop client wasn’t exactly planned. James Hill, International Messenger (who heads business development), Cubie, told e27 that their chief technology officer (CTO), Ingram Chen, had decided to play around with the Dart programming language and build such an extension as a side project.
Hill added that while they did receive requests for a desktop accompaniment to the mobile-first Cubie, the team “didn’t have plans to build one” themselves.
Cubie claims that its biggest market comes from Southeast Asia, with numbers strongest in Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. Hill says that “Cubie has over nine million registered users worldwide.”
The team does not have plans to create a full desktop app, since Chrome is available on various platforms like Mac, ChromeOS, Linux or PC.
Given that Cubie has just launched the web app, Hill revealed that there are also no plans for advertising right now. He said, “We’re going see how things pan out and see if our users like using the web version first before we do anything like advertising.”
Will Cubie ever consider mobile platforms like BlackBerry or Windows? Well, probably not. Hill noted that about 90 percent of the market is on iOS or Android.
As the team has limitations on resources, it makes more sense to focus on the platforms with a bigger share of the market. However, he did add that this could all change in the future.
Cubie enables consumers to share photos, doodles, stickers and push-to-talk voice messages. It earns revenue through sales of its sticker sets.