6 Best messenger apps for Android
Messenger is probably the most used instant messenger app because it is connected with the huge Facebook community. Its design is clean, intuitive and very easy to use, which makes Facebook Messenger for Android the most popular instant messenger.
Besides texting and voice calling, there is also money transfer option, where you can send money to your friends. But this option is currently available only in the United States. Once you download Messenger app from Google Play Store, you have to connect it with your Facebook account or to add a phone number and you’re ready to go. According to a Facebook report from March 2015, Messenger has reached 600 million users.
Skype is one of the oldest instant messengers on our list. Its portability between different OS platforms makes Skype very popular not only among private users but it’s very used in business communications too. It is a normal thing to set the meeting with your business partners using Skype HD video call.
You can find it in almost every meeting room across the globe. Above all, Skype Android app can be used as a landline phone number and for international calls at very affordable rates, which makes it so awesome. According to data from August 2015 Skype messenger has more than 300 million active users each month.
Hangouts is a communication platform developed by Google. It is a kind of fusion between Gmail, Google Plus, Google Voice services. Hangouts can also be set to be your default SMS application and integrate all your communication under one roof.
Hangouts have an awesome flat design, run pretty fast, and smoothly, and that’s why it is so popular. From the latest update it is possible to invite others that don’t have a Google account to join Hangouts. It also includes the ability to make voice calls to landlines and mobile phones internationally using pre-purchased credit.
Viber is another top notch instant messenger app with more than 280 million users worldwide. It is very popular for sending messages with unique stickers and making HD-quality phone and video calls. After installation, you need to add your phone number to connect with your friends found in phone contacts.
Everything is really fast and easy. Using Viber Out paid service lets users call mobile and landline numbers at attractively low rates.
There is also available Viber desktop app for Windows and Mac computers.
But it first requires installation on a phone in order to work on a desktop operating system environment.
WhatsApp is one of our top five must-have Android messaging apps. It is great both from visual and usability perspective. You can use WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, and Voice Messages.
But, there is one tricky thing! WhatsApp Android app is free just for the first year of using, after that you have to pay to continue using it. Still, according to USA Today from September 4th, 2015 with the user base of up to 900 million WhatsApp becomes the most globally popular instant messenger app! On February 19. 2014 WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for approximately 19.3 billion US dollars.
Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app with a focus on speed and security. Same as Viber and WhatsApp, Telegram account is tied to user telephone numbers and verified by SMS or phone call. Since it is cloud based it needs extremely small storage for messages and shared data. Via Tango is possible to send or share files up to 1,5 Gb.
The application is absolutely free, without annoying ads with a clean interface and it is a real pleasure to use it. Telegram also can be used as a desktop application for Windows, OSX and Linux.
There is no doubt that all those apps have changed texting communication in so many ways. However, there are still concerns about security issues. The disturbing fact is that today European Court rules bosses can monitor employees’ private messages on WhatsApp and other messaging services. More about this news you can read here.