Developer of iMessage Leaves Apple for Layer

Developer of iMessage Leaves Apple for Layer

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Andrew Vyrros, lead engineer for iMessage, FaceTime, and Push Notifications at Apple, has left the company to become CTO of Layer.

Layer is a startup that aims to provide developers with an easy way to add add rich messaging, voice and video features to their applications. "We handle all of the hard parts so you're freed to focus on building an excellent user experience for your customers."

Vyrros explained why he left Apple in a company blog post:

Recently, I helped to build some systems like that at Apple. (Holla: iMessage, FaceTime, Push Notifications.) I’m incredibly proud of that work, and the impact it’s had on people’s lives. But let me say it out loud: building that crap is hard. If you want security, scalability, low latency, bandwidth and power efficiency (and you do), it becomes brutally difficult. But also interesting and challenging and pretty darn fun. This is where Layer comes in.

So I suppose I joined because it’s an opportunity to build some beautiful software, solve some tricky problems, and bring people together on a large scale. But Layer offers something beyond all that. Because we’re not just focusing on a single application. We’re laying out a whole dang platform, something that can grow a multitude of novel apps. Leveraging the creativity of a flood of inventive and restless developers. I have no idea what you’re going to do, and I can’t wait to see you do it.

Developers interested in Layer can request early access by filling out this form. The company is also hiring.

More details on Layer at the link below...

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Developer of iMessage Leaves Apple for Layer

The chef - May 9, 2014 at 2:29pm
It's pretty much taking iMessage, FaceTime and push notification and putting it on all device. Well the idea is there but the intellectual ownership may not be used outside apple, it's going to get messy. I hope you didn't sign any papers stating you can't design anything for the next few years after terminating employment that resembles apples sources?
MUKAI - May 9, 2014 at 6:12am
Left with he's tail between he's legs. Someone is gonna get sued. Hahahahaha!!
Fukran John - May 8, 2014 at 8:54pm
He said it right "let me say it loud, building that crap is hard" lol. How true.
Fukjohn Rah - May 8, 2014 at 11:26pm
Not as hard as building up shit just to fool us with your delusional strategies after so many attempts. Jedidah ratgt. If you don't give a shit to make it, you treat shut like it's hard just like you with your life for brains just to find facts. Hard enough to explain you fanboys every detail.
ratGT - May 10, 2014 at 5:37pm
WTF do I have to do with him and you're mentioning my name? What do you mean?!? Speak clearly son!
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