As a Youth, we all love to stay connected to our closed one and find social media and communication as the best source of doing it. There used to days when people eagerly waited for letters for communication from loved ones, then came the era of e-mails and Short Messaging Service popularly called as SMS which really stayed for a while specially after the boom of 2G in India. Those days are gone now, after cellphone market filled with the very famous “smartphone devices” which caters almost every service now. More and more apps are being created every day to satisfy tech freak people. Communication has become a necessity for everyone now, be it business people, college guys or family people. The leading OS in this smartphone market is the famous Android which has brilliantly captured people’s attention, registering a market share of almost 75% during the third quarter of 2012 which shows its popularity among every age group. The only thing which was defiant to other Operating Systems is it’s adaptability to change according to user’s demand and they come up with fantastic features in each of their updates. Today we bring up to you the best messaging apps of this year which has registered a good popularity among its users.
WhatsApp is a cross platform messaging app founded in 2009 by veterans of yahoo! In addition to normal chat and instant messaging, one can exchange music, pictures, videos and other media messages over mobile internet or connecting to Wi-Fi. It’s popularity significantly rose manifolds that some people even started saying WhatsApp has done same to SMS what Skype did to international calling on landline(provided it’s free). Unlike BBM service of BlackBerry, it’s available on many and almost every platform like Windows, IOS, Symbian, BlackBerry and it’s free on many OS but also paid in some of them. Features like group chat and sharing location and status has also done wonders to this app. All of this, that to advertisement free.
Developed by Viber Media, it is a proprietary cross platform messaging and voice over internet protocol designed for BlackBerry, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Symbian, BADA and recently launched its desktop version which syncs your contacts from your smartphone device and allows user to chat through desktop without using the smartphone. It has 200 million users worldwide which works on both WiFi and 3G. Initially launched for iPhone in December 2010 in competition to Skype, it immensely became popular over many platforms which had features like group chat service and calling which was limited to iPhone and and Android with the promise to make it possible on other OS as well. The features include exchange of texts, pictures and video messaging with properly laid UI in form of access to messages, call logs, contact and keypad. It is available in 30 languages like English, Arabic, French, Farsi, Italian, Spanish, German and many more.
Originally created for Android and iOS phones, it’s extension is now available to windows phone and desktops also. BlackBerry version was made available in October 2012. Currently 150 million users are using this app which allows texting, exchange of pictures, audio messages and even crystal clear voice calls over internet all for free in over 230 countries. Compared to other apps, Line has better outreach when it comes to exchanging messages in colorful font with an option of using emoji and stickers. It also features a timeline to show the latest updates from friend circle which allows you to comment on them. A good app for text lovers who like to stay connected to people around them with super cool features.
Make voice calls and instant messages to anyone on Skype which supports many platforms like Android, iOS and personal computers. The network is operated by Microsoft and it features file sharing and videoconferencing. Skype to Skype calls are free over 3G and WiFi, while calling to landline and mobile phone are charged via debit based account system. If your device features front camera then enjoy live video chat and moreover it synchronize user’s Microsoft accounts like Windows live messenger, Hotmail and Outlook accounts so that you can chat with the contacts from these accounts also. It can also be used for normal instant messaging and as a normal chat app. Conference of up to 25 people can be held through Skype which also serves business purpose which again increases it’s utility.
5. eBuddy Messenger
The product portfolio of eBuddy includes eBuddy chat and eBuddy XMS which provides instant messaging solutions for mobile devices and web. It also supports WLM, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, Gtalk and Facebook with its client software available to many platforms such as Android, iOS, BlackBerry and JAVA ME. Some of its best feature includes simultaneous chat or IM with the friends on the given networks, it continuously runs in the background so that you don’t miss any messages. The data sent by the user is sent over the internet , not as a SMS which is why this service is free to use. Share your pictures, media messages and much more through this well-equipped messaging app.
6. GO SMS Pro
It is the most user welcomed app, better than the system SMS’s and also provides theme DIY, GO Chat FREE message, cloud backup, private lock and SMS blocker which provides privacy and security like no other app. The list does not end here, some more features include new message popup on launch, quick view and reply, many themes to choose from, GO Chat free IM message and stickers, voice talk, group talk, graffiti and file sharing in single touch. Your messages can be protected in privacy box, hidden from others, auto reply option for instance when you are driving, night ode which dims the display automatically. This app is surely useful to many tap tappers out there.
This app was designed in China for platforms like Symbian, Windows phone, Android and iOS with multiple language support and requires any network of 2G, 3G, 4G or even WiFi. Features like hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast messaging, photo video and location sharing can be done from this new app. It’s fast, reliable and always on with super clear voice clarity, IM’s within a group, chatting with the people nearby you(in range of your device), real walkie talkie mode with 40 friends and share your pictures, comment on them all for free and its all easy. Every app is similar but has distinct character attached to it which makes it a success. WeChat does that cleverly.
8. Nimbuzz Messenger
Free messages and calls can be made through this messenger by using internet with other features like low cost voice calling, unlimited exchange of messages and file sharing between different platforms like BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows for mobile. Integration of Facebook, Gtalk and Yahoo! Messenger is provided anytime and free. Your address book can be used to share pictures, instant messages and video clips and this app registers 150 million user and prove to be a hit in its class. HD voice calls, Group chat, Chat rooms, Free push notifications and offline notifications are other awesome features provided in this app. User can use custom wallpaper, landscape mode and chat history.
9. imo messenger
This multi-protocol IM has a lot to offer such as free high quality voice calls, better messaging experience. Chat within your friend circle with group chat and picture share, turn this app into walkie talkie with support from Facebook Chat, MSN, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Jabber and Steam. If your device supports location service, use this app to share your location with friends. Multimedia file sharing is available with single touch. It has many users with good reviews such as “Best IM client on Android” and “hard to beat IM”.
Fun and Free messaging for life is what this app says! The most able feature of this app is you can text people on hike and also those who are not which is absolutely free and uses 2G or 3G. It offers status and mood updates which will be shared only in your circle of friends providing privacy. Invite anyone through SMS for free and chat with them worldwide without the hassle of PINS or usernames which gives fast and simple results which is always online. Share your location, music and pictures over hike and latest feature allows you to move your conversation to SD memory card. For better security, it is 128-bit SSL ENCRYPTION when messages are exchanged over WiFi. A newly built app which is getting famous through it’s different features.