Marco Polo is a video messaging and video hosting app designed with "busy people" in mind. The app markets itself as a video walkie talkie.
Popular is the US the app is now making its way across the pond to the UK.
The app was created in 2014 by Joya Communications and founded by Vlada Bortnik and Michael Bortnik.
Similar to Snapchat, Marco Polo video messages are only a few seconds long. The App Store explains "Marco Polo works when you have a moment to talk, even if your schedules don’t match. Talk when you’re on the go, between appointments, whenever it’s convenient for you. Your friend can watch in real time or later. Unlike other video apps, you don’t need to be live." Almost like a video voice note.
The main difference to Snapchat is that the app actually saves your videos, so that you can a conversations with friend or a group of friends, much like whatsapp.
According to their website the Marco Polo mission is, "to help people feel close no matter the distance."
The founders believe key differences to FaceTime, Snapchat and other video apps are:
1) You can have group chats: You can include friends and family even when they don’t live in the same place or in the same timezone. Each person can talk and watch when it works for them.
2) It's easy: For grandparents, families, and close friends, speaking face to face is as easy as pressing "Start" and "Stop." You can have fun with doodles and voice filters, too.
3) It's relationship building: With people you love, texts and social media don’t give you the whole picture and calls are hard to schedule. Have spontaneous face-to-face conversations and really see how your loved ones are doing.
Currently it's No. 3 on the App Store's top free apps chart right now and the app has a 4.8 rating out of 5 on the App Store and more than 1.3M reviews.