Messaging is one of the most popular types of mobile app, with services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger continuing to be incorporated into the daily lives of millions of people around the world.
 
 However, there is a feature missing from most messaging apps which could change the way we use them: location-based messaging.
 
 Ruminate on this with us for a minute. It’s nice to be able to communicate with friends throughout the day, but wouldn’t it be great if there was an element of spontaneity to messaging? Instead of messages always being strictly planned and sent, some room is left open for chance encounters, much like in real life.
 
 That would be pretty neat, right?
 
 Well, that’s precisely what the unique RADAR feature of our upcoming messaging app, SuchApp, aims to achieve.
 
 Bringing Communities Together
 
 The RADAR feature of SuchApp uses location information from your phone to allow you to share your location with your messaging contacts and, in turn, to enable them to share their location with you.
 
 Here’s how it works: When a contact is nearby to you, RADAR will alert you and you can message your friend to meet up if you’d like. All of your contacts who are nearby will appear on your RADAR screen, and you need only tap to send a message or make a voice or video call. You can even add multiple contacts on your RADAR to one video conference call, so you can all chat as a group.
 
 Location-based messaging is the digital equivalent of dropping by someone’s house when you’re in the area, and it’s building serendipitous encounters into a digital system. After all, isn’t the point of a messaging app to bring people together? And what better way to do that than to facilitate social engagement as it happens in real time, in the real world.
 
 Illuminating Nearby Hotspots
 
 RADAR can be used for more than just meeting up with friends, though. It also allows for the display of information detailing nearby attractions and businesses that users might be interested in. You can find anything from meet-up groups to restaurants, B&Bs, or hiking trails within a radius of two to five kilometers of your current location, either by searching for a particular business or searching within a category.
 
 This makes RADAR the ideal companion for traveling, bringing you the insight of a local everywhere you go. You can connect with groups and meet new people, plus get recommendations for where to eat, where to stay, and what to do in the area.
 
 Location-based messaging means that you will always feel at home, no matter where you are.