Combine animated GIFs with text messaging in GIF Chat. The app is from Pinger, the creators of the popular free texting and calling app, Textfree. Quickly record videos, add captions and swap them privately with your friends. It’s like putting Snapchat and Vine together in one app. The app has been available on Android and iOS, but has just been released for Windows Phone 8.
Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough.
First time users need to register with a phone number. You also need to have friends using GIF Chat so they can view the GIFs. You can send invitations via SMS or email in the settings page.
Tap the red button to start recording up to 6 seconds. Set the loop speed with the slider at the bottom. Slide left for slow motion or right to go faster. You can set the number of loops on the left side. By default, the animated GIF disappears after 3 loops. You also choose to loop the GIF over and over. Add text and then send it privately to a friend just like a text message.
Unlike 6snap (Snapchat app for Windows Phone), you can’t move the position of the image caption. You also can’t draw on the GIF.
We’re also disappointed that there’s no way to tap on a subject to focus before recording. There are only two camera options available. You can change between the front or rear cameras and you can turn on or off the camera light.
GIF Chat is free at the Windows Phone Store, but it is ad-supported. The ads are visible below the conversations. Are you planning to use this app? Let us know in the comments! While you’re here, tell us how you pronounce GIF!