SendHub, the Y Combinator-backed call and messaging solution targeting business users and other organizations, is today extending its platform to include support for Android. The company had previously rolled out support for iPhone almost a year ago, promising that an Android option was on the roadmap.
The company says that demand for Android support was high – they were averaging around 30 requests per day from users who wanted an Android version of SendHub.
Like the iOS version, the new app also includes support for calling and texting over Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or cellular voice networks, support for group messages, the ability to add auto-responders and contacts, and more. In addition, it includes support for call transfers – a feature that is currently in the Apple App Store review process, expected to launch in a week or so.
The call transfer feature, like many the company has added in recent months, is designed with the needs of businesses in mind.
SendHub, for those unfamiliar, is something like a more feature-rich alternative to something like Google Voice. While previously targeting both individuals and businesses, it went after the business market more directly with the launch of its SendHub Manger at the beginning of the year. From an online platform, organizations using Manager can access a dashboard where they can create, move, or delete lines for their staff, as well as backup and export the company’s text-based communications.
Today, a third of SendHub’s 10,000 paid users are on the business plan, and its overall conversion rate is around 2 percent, the company claims. The startup has also grown to over 100,000 users total up from 60,000 in January. It saw more than $35,000 in revenue in March.
“The Manager launch has shown us that businesses – and only businesses – is really where the demand is, and where we’re going to spend our time focusing,” says SendHub co-founder Ash Rust. ”We’ve added call transfer and other calling features like simul-ring, call forwarding, and we’re about to launch auto attendant as well, so we can really provide that full-featured PBX system in the cloud for our users.”
A conference calling feature is also in the works, and further down the road, the plan is to enable even more collaboration features, including support for files, photos, and videos, through integrations with cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and others.
“We’re squarely taking on the big telecom providers – AT&T, Verizon, etc. People are looking for flexible solutions that are optimized for their mobile devices, and frankly, don’t take forever to set up,” adds SendHub’s co-founder Garrett Johnson. “We see people coming to us looking to replace their PBX, looking to replace RingCentral, or the legacy telecom providers,” he says.
The SendHub solution is currently popular among a variety of businesses, including startups like iCracked, as well as mobile workforces – especially those in the health care space, as well as some more traditional brick-and-mortars. Given its start as a solution for schools, SendHub is also used heavily in the education sector, where the company has promised a free solution for teachers will always be available.
The new Android application is available in the Google Play store here.