App designers have long vied for prime real estate on smartphones, coveting in particular a spot on the home screen, the front page where many people place their most frequently used apps.
But for a group of start-ups, the home screen is not enough. They focus on claiming space on the lock screen, the area in which you type in a passcode before gaining access to the rest of your menus. The goal is to make returning to a specific app again and again as easy as possible.
That is the strategy that Wut uses in its deceptively simple smartphone app. After downloading Wut and linking it to your Facebook account, you can send and receive private, anonymous group messages to and from friends.
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