The voice-Twitter service by Singapore-based Bubble Motion has launched its Bubbly social voice application for Android in India. It launched its iPhone app last month. This app enables the users to create voice posts, or Bubbles (as they call it) and share with friends in real-time.
The Bubbly app also allows users to follow celebrities, and for that the users have to pay a 6-month fee of $2.99 to follow all the premium celebrities.
Launched in 2005, Bubble Motion was co-founded by entrepreneurs Sunil Coushik and Venu Sriperumal. Prior to co-founding Bubble Motion, Coushik led the mobile business for consulting firm Plexus where he worked with network operators to roll out a series of services for enterprise customers. Before Plexus, he had founded 'Cyber Times', a news magazine targeted at computer enthusiasts.
The firm received its last round of funding of $10 million led by SingTel Innov8, the SingTel Group's corporate venture capital fund, while Infocomm Investments, Sequoia Capital, Palomar Ventures and NGC also participated. Innov8 is a corporate venture capital fund with a fund size of $200 million.
"We hope the new Bubbly app for Android brings the experience of voice blogging to millions more, allowing for Indian Android users to join in, connect, and follow our vibrant community of Bubblers," said Thomas Clayton,CEO, Bubble Motion.
Bubbly has had a success globally and claims that 'bubbles' are being created by over 16 million people all over the world. In July last year, the service touched 10 million users (so it has grown 60 per cent in user base in less than a year) with one million users with Indian mobile carrier Reliance Communications alone.