Coco (application)

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Coco (application)
Coco Logo
Developer(s) Instanza
Initial release July 2011 (2011-07)
Stable release 5.9.3 / November 2013 (2013-11)
Operating system iOS, Android
Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic
Type Instant Messaging Client
License Proprietary

Coco is a free, proprietary, multi-functional, cross-platform, real-time mobile instant messaging application for smartphones developed by Instanza, first launched in 2011.[1] Coco users are able to send, receive, exchange, and share texts, voices messages, photos, videos, locations, name cards, and other data files over supported Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G data networks.[2] The application is currently supported on the iOS and Android platforms through the App Store and Google Play. Coco is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic languages, and is widely used in over 100 countries.

Aside from one-to-one communication, Coco also provides a communication platform for one-to-many communication (broadcasting), as well as many-to-many communication (group chat). Combining communication and social discovery, Coco also allows users to connect through social plug-ins such as Question, Chat Rooms, Winks, Shake Shake, and People Nearby, facilitating connections and engagement between users all across the world.[3]

Based in San Francisco, United States, the application was conceived by a group of Harvard students in 2011.[4]

History & Origin[edit]

According to the company website, Coco was first developed in the summer of 2011 as a project by a group of Harvard students who wanted to create an application that allowed them to keep in touch with their families who lived overseas.[1] Finding it difficult to coordinate phone calls across time zones, the founders built an application, which sent and received personalized voice messages that can be delivered and read at a time of the user’s convenience. Using Coco surpassed emails and traditional phone texts, which lacked the texture of personalized voice messages.

Coco was named after Koko, a female gorilla who developed the ability to understand human language, including more than 2,000 words of spoken English. The gorilla’s mastery of human language became a symbol for the founders’ vision of connecting the world through communication and understanding.

Application Timeline[edit]

On November 27, 2013, Version 5.9.3 was released, the update included new features such as background customization, improved registration and log in process, phone call verification, received greetings to organize greetings from social platforms, and the addition of QR codes.

On December 17, 2013, Version 5.5 was released, the update included the new feature Question, where users can ask or post any question or opinion on popular topics.

On November 3, 2013, Version 5.4 was released, the update included Chat Rooms, a public forum where users can discuss any of several curated topics.

On September 14, 2013, Version 5.1 was released, the update included Winks, a social discovery feature that allows users to send winks to other users they find interesting.

On August 1, 2013, Version 5.0 was released, the update included Shake Shake, a feature where users can connect with users from anywhere in the world who are simultaneously using the Shake Shake feature.

On February 16, 2013, Version 3.0 was released, the update included People Nearby, a location-based service where users can see other users who are close-by.

On July 22, 2011, Coco was first launched.

Key Features[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dunn, Jeff. "The Next Mark Zuckerberg Is Likely At Harvard’s New Innovation Lab". Edudemic. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Rehman, A. "Real-Time Photo, Text & Voice Sharing App Coco Voice Comes To Android". addictivetips. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Tucker, Laura. "Coco: Voice Messaging For iOS And Android". Make Tech Easier. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Koch, Katie. "Introducing the i-lab: Opening ceremony draws visitors from Harvard, Allston". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 

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