5 WhatsApp Alternatives You Should Try on Android
WhatsApp is a famous text messaging and chatting app available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian and BlackBerry platforms. According to estimates in April 2014, WhatsApp was serving more than 500 million monthly active users, where as users are sending and sharing 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day.
WhatsApp network and messaging system handles more than 10 billion messages each day. On February 19, 2014, Facebook Inc. acquired WhatsApp Inc. for US$19 billion.
WhatsApp’s biggest user share is in Asia where other competitors are giving tough time to this text and messaging app, but it is in the strong position. According to the surveys and news available online, Whatsapp has over 50 million monthly active users from India, and this country tops the list of active users.
WeChat and KakaoTalk are also other Asian Competitors of WhatsApp which have got their share in the world market, and might get more competitive against WhatsApp in the future. There is a list of other text messaging, Free calling and video chatting apps famous these days and somehow considered alternatives of WhatsApp.
5 WhatsApp Alternatives You Should Try
#1 – Telegram
Telegram is a free text messaging and chatting app developed by Telegram Messenger LLP. It is famous for its quality service, speed and security. Telegram survives in the market of Viber, WhatsApp and WeChat, and that is why it makes to the list of WhatsApp alternatives.
One of the amazing features of Telegram is that you can make a group of friends or family to chat with up to 200 people. Telegram provides video sharing up to 1 GB in size; it gives you the opportunity to share photos and files instantly.
Keep all your Telegram messages in the cloud-service of Telegram, and access from other devices you own other than your Smartphone. Normally people use tablets and Smartphones. Recent updates have made Telegram more secured by introducing secret chat from peer to peer which is totally encrypted to ensure the maximum security of the content. link
#2 – Voxer Walkie-Talkie
Voxer Walkie-Talkie is another instant communication app available on Android. It allows users to talk instantly to your friend or group. It works like a Walkie-Talkie, and recipients can listen to your message anytime they want, it remains safe, they can check later as well.
It gives quick response facility to family members and friends to communicate and talk to loved ones. The best thing of Voxer Walkie-Talkie App is that it replaces voicemails and probably text-messaging.
Start talking on your Voxer Walkie-Talkie using your Android Phone with the Push-to-talk functionality. Voxer Walkie-Talkie keeps your voice-messages recorded and safe in the inbox. It supports wifi, 3G, 4G, and Edge technologies to work. link
#3 – LINE
Line is another famous instant messaging and free chat app available on Android and other platforms like iOS, Windows Phone, Nokia Asha, Firefox OS, BlackBerry etc. Line is a South Korean-Japanese application widely known as free text messaging app and highly famous in South Korea and Japan.
Line utilizes the same formula of VoIP calls to allow users to call for free like Viber, WeChat and Telegram. Line can be used to send free text messages, graphics, videos and audio content to the friends. It has the functionality to provide video and audio conferences among your Line Contacts.
It was launched in Japan in 2011, and reached to 100 million users within 18 months and then jumped to 200 million users in 24 months of its launching. It has become Japan’s biggest social network having 300 million registered users all over the world. link
#4 – Kik
Kik is another short-messaging and chat app available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7 platforms. It is one of the most used free text messaging services. KiK messenger’s major user base is in North America. It takes data plan or wifi network to work just like WhatsApp and Viber. KiK has turned out to be a major competitor and alternative of WhatsApp in North American region.
Send and share photos, files, and videos with your friends on KiK messenger. Recently KiK touched 120 million user base landmark in May 2014 and revealed this on its website. link
#5 – hike messenger
Hike Messenger is a superb free text messenger available on Android. It has become one of the few short-messaging and texting apps on Android which are getting popularity and famous for its privacy options.
Setup your favorite Chat themes in hike messenger according to your mood. Send files, photos and videos to your friends or family. Stickers option is one of the best features of hike messenger. Allow or restrict people in hike messenger to see your last-seen-online status. link
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