Description: Nxtty is a new app for Android that aims to bridge the gap between a super-secure messaging service and something that people are actually keen to use in their day-to-day lives. Messages are destroyed in a time frame that you choose, you can send messages to users all over the world and they'll always be securely encrypted, keeping prying eyes away. With Nxtty you can also enjoy free voice calls to anywhere you want in the world and there are more features being added all the time. A far more personal approach to encrypted messaging, is Nxtty Cryptomessenger what you've been waiting for? Read our review to find out.
How it Works: First off, you'll need to download Nxtty from the Play Store and then you'll need to create an account. Here, it's important to either write down (on paper, so it's not uploaded to the internet) your password and info as there's no backup stored on the server for security reasons.
You don't even need to use your real name here if you don't want to, and you'll be asked to provide a nickname, which is how people will find you on the app.
Once your account is all set up, you'll be taken to the main menu, and here you'll see parts of Nxtty like the ability to find new users and manage – as well as add them – your contacts.
You can either go ahead and find new users, perhaps friends that have asked you to install the Nxtty app, or you can take a look at the Open Chats. To add users, all you need to do is search for them, it's quite easy really.
The Open Chat side of Nxtty is a nice feature, and essentially allows you to connect to other people that are interested in the same sort of thing as you. As you can see below there are a lot of different topics covered.
Here we'll take a look at the Gaming section, something I'd be interested in sharing, as we can see there are people talking about the biggest games of the year like Call of Duty and Watch Dogs as well as mobile games like FIFA 2015.
You'll notice that there's a Tip button throughout the app, which allows you to tip users using Nxttycoin, a Cryptocurrency built into the app. Instead of likes and plus ones, you can send a Cryptocurrency that can be redeemed for whatever you want.
Also, let's not forget that it's not just chatting here either, you can easily make and receive calls for free using WiFi or 3G/4G.
Opinion: Nxtty is an interesting application and while I feel that they're trying to please too many users all at once, it's a great chat app nonetheless. I'm not sure how much I would get out of using Nxttycoin, but this is something that WhatsApp and co simply can't compete with as they don't offer it. The messaging is nice and secure, but there are holes here and there. Any images that you send aren't encrypted as of writing and you can't actually make a phone call using the app on an Intel-powered device. Which is a shame, as a lot of devices in emerging markets – where Nxtty would be perfect – are powered by Intel processors. Having said that, this is a very complete solution for messaging, you can make calls for free, you can find users near you and you can even connect to people that have the same sort of interests thanks to the Open Chats.
- Speed (4/5) – Nxtty ran great on my Nexus 9 and smartphone, and I had no complaints when it came to performance.
- Features (4/5) – With perhaps too many small features here and there, it can be hard to just focus on having a conversation with a friend, but with some extra polish all the features could come together brilliantly.
- Theme (4/5) – While it doesn't look great on tablets, it looks good in general and the UI is easy to use and to follow.
- Overall (4/5) – A solid messaging app that stands out for much more than its encryption, with features that you won't find elsewhere and free voice calling to boot, this is a good option.
- Free voice calling is a real bonus when compared to other messaging apps.
- Nxtty features its own Cryptocurrency for "tips" allowing the community to essentially make money together.
- You can send photos in messages, too.
- Open Chats allow you to connect to people with common interests without the need to know their names or even where they're from.
- A more detailed explanation of how Nxttycoin works would be great.
- Voice calling doesn't yet work on devices powered by Intel chips, like the ASUS ZenFone line.
Conclusion: Nxtty has only just launched, and it's pretty easy to tell, really. That's not to take anything away from Nxtty as this is a very comprehensive messaging solution, with some features that bigger companies can't compete with, like the Nxttycoin and voice calling. With some more polish, these features wouldn't feel quite so rough around the edges, and with a growing community already getting quite large, I can see Nxtty going from strength-to-strength in the near future.