‘Cate’ combines Gmail, Twitter and other services into one unified messaging app

By , Sep 2, 2013

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I hate email. Even with innovative apps like Mailbox, I’d rather iMessage or talk with someone on Twitter than email back and forth with them. There’s subject lines, headers, signatures, and loads of other useless text—it’s just all way too complicated.

I would be willing to reconsider my predisposition, though, if an application like this one ever makes it to market. It’s called ‘Cate,’ and in addition to being gorgeous, it promises to make communication easier with direct Gmail messaging and more…

More specifically, Cate takes services like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook Chat and App.net, and combines them into a single app and interface in an attempt to simplify communication. It doesn’t replace any of these services, but it improves how you use them.

But what really makes the app special is its ability to sort and filter your messages based on context—where you’re at, what time it is, that sort of thing. And it can even analyze contacts, keywords and content to quickly get you the info that matters most.

Check out this video of Cate in action:

Unfortunately, the app is just a concept right now. The developers have taken to crowd-funding site Indiegogo to raise money to start building it, but it’s off to a rough start. With just 18 days left to go for the project, it’s only at $131 of its $140,000 goal.

If by some chance Cate hits its goal, or receives funding from another outlet, the app will land on both iOS and Android. The developers say there is also web and native desktop apps in the works, which will allow you to manage your various messages.

There’s no telling if all of this adds up to a useful app, but I’d sure like to find out someday. What do you think of the Cate concept?

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  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    cool

  • F P

    Zzzzzzzzzz

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I always wanted a messaging app for all types of messages

  • arrontaylor

    i can’t quite put together why someone would need $140,000 to develop an app…

    • FabianPVD

      Development isn’t cheap.

      • James

        …but this app doesn’t look that innovative or complicated; hence the no funding.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        right?this could be programmed/designed/created by 4 people max….so, do they need 35,000 each?

      • FabianPVD

        Then make your own? And then tell me you wouldn’t like the money that your own time is worth?

      • Core

        so they do it in their spare time weekends etc

  • ☞Dylan James Kroger

    This is nothing you all need to go download an app called Qurate. It’s helps you sort your social networking by people rather than platforms.

  • Matthew

    Off topic: look at the video iOS 7 keyboard iOS 6 status bar.

  • sivkai

    No thank you, this is subscription based.

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    I’m hesitant but for what it’s worth, they better set support for all messaging systems as their top priority and as a progressive and continuous premise, unlike Mailbox which is overrated and lacks this.

  • imranc

    the promo video isn’t very good – they need to work on their marketing. Annoying music and like repetitive – need to highlight the features way quicker.

    • James

      Yeah, I almost stopped the video halfway through because of the annoying music.

  • TonyVee73

    If emails are “way too complicated”, you need to put your electronics away and pick up a pen and paper.