The traditional SMS text message has now became a talk of old times, particularly in light of the popularity of easy-to-use messaging apps. WhatsApp, Telegram, Send, Line and other apps all offer free text messaging. And that's also not even providing the voice, video and file-sharing options to other users. Check out 10 best mobile messaging apps.
Whatsapp is a very popular messaging app among youngsters and near about people of all ages. It is easy to setup and synchronizes with all the contacts of the phone. Users can send text messages, photos, voice and video messages to their WhatsApp contacts, and the app has continuously added new features to its toolkit, such as emoji, fully encrypted messaging between WhatsApp users, and most recently, voice and video calling.
Facebook being in the race, own its separate messaging app that makes it very convenient to chat with friends and family connected with Facebook. It will populate your contacts automatically, but you can also add a contact, or allow someone to add you as a contact, by scanning a unique code. There are number of free stickers to send and you can send GIFs. The video and voice calling is clear and very reliable.
Line is also a very popular app, with more than 600 million users, especially in Asia. This app is feature rich like it combines a timeline similar to Facebook, where you can post and your friends can comment on your posts, in addition to having all the standard features of a messaging app. You can also make Line to Line free video or voice calls and calls to landlines.
Viber is also a popular and easy to set up app and still offers a variety of options. You can log into Viber using your phone number, and the app syncs with your phone to help you find Viber-using contacts. You can use this app to send text messages, stickers and emoticons, photos, voice and video messages for free to other Viber users. The Viber also lets you call non-Viber numbers and landline phones worldwide at low rates.
Google Hangouts is an all-in-one mobile messaging app, which absorbed the features of the previous Google+ Messenger, Google Talk and the original Hangouts video calling application. Hangouts links together users with a Google or Android account, allowing them to send individual or group chat messages, share photos, emoji and animated gifs, and make video calls to both individual and group and to other users, with cross-compatibility between mobile and desktop versions.
Google’s Allo is the newest chat app. The main attraction is in this app is the Google’s new Assistant feature. Allo makes it possible for iOS users to enjoy Google Assistant. It offers typical features such as, emojis, and stickers, photo sharing, but the main feature is Assistant. You can have functions like other virtual assistants Siri or Cortana and have conversation with Google’s Assistant.
WeChat dominates in the Chinese mobile Web, with more than 697 million users, and is making a serious efforts for global reach. WeChat provides users with free mobile instant messaging, video and voice calls, group chat, and multimedia messaging (images, video, audio, stickers, etc). The app also includes quirky features such as "People Nearby" "Friend Radar," and "Shake" to instantly find new people to chat with nearby.
Snapchat has gained popularity among the young crowd and celebrities alike. It allows you to share photos and videos that self-destruct. You can send a friend a “snap” for a brief period of time before it vanishes. Its most popular feature is funny filters for your video snaps, and it also offers photo editing. In today’s date, it’s definitely the most fun way of delivering bite-sized communications.
Signal is another fantastic messaging solution for security-conscious mobile users developed by Open Whisper Systems’. Signal is an all-in-one messaging and voice call solution that uses end-to-end military grade encryption. You can send text, voice, group messages, media and attachments. Ease to use and strong, is an open source and regularly audited app.
Telegram is aimed primarily at the security conscious user. It is a mobile messaging app for the post-Snowden age. Telegram have features like fast execution, encrypted chat messaging, with client-server encryption for standard chats. A Secure Chat mode provides end-to-end encryption so that only you and your intended recipient can read it and no one else. You can even set messages to self-destruct after some time. You can share videos and documents and participate in group chats of up to 200 users.