Zulip is a free and cross-platform instant messaging and collaborative work application. Available on Windows, macOS, Linux and iOS, this app is still a bit light on Android with only messaging functions. To manage organizations and channels, you will need to go through the computer version.
Zulip: free messaging for workgroups
Acquired by Dropbox in late 2015, Zulip is a cross-platform instant messaging service for workgroups. Opensource, this solution allows you to create and manage several organizations with their own channels and chat rooms.
The set is presented in the manner of IRC discussion channels, members can create channels according to subjects, projects and interests, manage user roles and chat face to face or in groups .
Features on Android
In a word like in cents, the Android version does not come close to the computer versions. Only the messaging functionalities are available, the administration functions are reserved for the PC version.
The main interface offers its tools via a toolbar available at the bottom and allowing quick access to unread messages. On this point, it is possible to display the messages of all the discussion channels, the favorite messages, the mentions and to access the search engine.
The “#” button gives access to all the discussion channels of the organizations to which the user is subscribed. The Android version still offers the possibility of creating a new private and public channel. A menu is also dedicated to group or one-on-one discussions. In addition to sending messages, users can invite new contacts to a chat, send files, or send a photo from the gallery or the camera.
Although it is light in terms of functionality, Zulip for Android is simple to handle and offers a sober, customizable interface with a dark theme for eye comfort. Finally, note the possibility of managing several accounts in parallel.