Now more than ever people are scrambling to communicate with friends and family any way they can—even from their wrist. Sending quick messages of love, support, and humor is easy thanks to Facebook’s new smartwatch app Kit, which uses QR codes and Messenger to help folks Keep in Touch.
“Everything you need to compose a message is just one tap away,” according to the App Store description. “No more struggling to navigate a tiny screen to find the right option.” To get started, simply scan the QR code on your watch or enter an access code online then choose a contact. One tap lets you send a voice message, speech-to-text notes, emoji, your location, or a quick scribble. Users can also receive and respond to notifications from their top Messenger connection.
Facebook already offers an Apple Watch-compatible Messenger app—complete with unlimited text, voice, video calling, and group video chat features. Kit, meanwhile, focuses on one contact at a time, giving users fast access to the person they text the most. “We hope that Kit helps you keep in touch with those most important to you—without constantly needing to pick up your phone,” Facebook wrote on the App Store.
Currently ranked 166th in Apple’s Social Networking category, Kit was built by the New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team, which rapidly tests and launches prototypes. Recent attempts include a matchmaking app for students, a meme-creation tool, the Pinterest-esque Hobbi, and Tuned—a messaging platform for long-distance couples. Kit is perhaps most notable as the first NPE Team app to launch on Apple Watch. The free service, still in its infancy, boasts a measly one-star rating based on two reviews. But failure is not a concern for the developers, who expect to push out a few lemons along the way.