Now a days we can see WhatsApp application installed on almost every Android device we come across. But actually there are IM (instant messaging) applications better than WhatsApp in terms of both Functionality and Quality. When it comes to functionality, WhatsApp is way below the other apps (like we are going to discuss now), that offer better services and features. For example WhatsApp doesn’t have the feature of VIDEO Calling, whereas apps like Viber and Skype has it in them by default.
There is a certain WhatsApp fan base that may say that, WhatsApp is the app with most number of users worldwide and that’s because it’s the best. But we can’t actually agree with that statement. Because the number of active user base of WhatsApp is 400 million by the end of December 2013. And for Skype this number is double that of WhatsApp i.e., 800 million to be exact. So we can’t say that WhatsApp is the only famous app available on this planet. Let’s try some better WhatsApp alternatives. The Apps that i’m going to mention now are far better than WhatsApp in every category. And also they are free.
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Be it Windows, iOS, blackberry, Android etc..; Viber app is available everywhere. It is developed by Viber Media, a privately held company founded in February 2010. To this day, it is said that, there are 200 million Viber users around 193 countries.
Viber users can send free text messages, photo messages, video messages, and share location with other Viber users. More than these simple features that those can be seen in WhatsApp too, Viber offers free Video and Audio calling facility between Viber users and calls can be made to non-Viber users within the carrier rates only. Fun features like stickers and emoticons
Features of Viber :
- Free text, calling, photo messages and location-sharing with Viber users*
- No registration, alias or invitations required
- Instantly integrates with your own contact list
- Best-quality mobile calls using 3G or Wi-Fi
Skype is founded in 2003 and now it is a part of Microsoft. It is actually the first IM app in this list. Skype too is available in every platform.
We have already stated in the above introduction, that the number of users of skype are said to be 800 million across the world.
Features of Skype :
- Free Skype to Skype calls and
- One to One Video calls.
- Group Video calls (Premium feature)
- Instant Messaging, Video Messaging
- Voice Messages, Share Location
- Screen sharing, group screen sharing (Premium feature) and more features are available
Hike is now owned by Bharti SoftBank an Indian company. Bharti Softbank invested about $7M in free messaging app ‘hike’ – after the app crosses 5M users in just 4 months.
Features of Hike :
- All the features an IM app should contain are available.
- Additionally using hike we can send messages to non-hike users at basic carrier rates.
- At most importance to Privacy. On hike, only your Circle of Friends will be able to view when you were last on hike.
- Stickers, emoticons, audio/voice messages etc..; Lifetime free app.
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With more than 300 million users, Line app took Japan by a storm. It is actually launched in 2011 in Japan. This app is known for its Cute Stickers to express thoughts.
Features of Line :
- Similar to Viber and Hike.
- We can chat with up to 100 people at once.
- Add friends by shaking the device.
- Stickers, Emoticons and a lot more features .
There is an estimation that, by the end of 2014, Line would be the No. 1 app in the IM category to gain more users. Let’s see then.
WeChat is owned by Tencent, Inc. one of the China’s largest and most used Internet service portal
Features of WeChat :
- Invite all your friends to a WeChat group chat via QR code
- Back up your chat history and restore it to your new device
- Video Call is available on WeChat versions 4.2 and later, this allows you to talk to your friends face to face.
- Press “Hold to Talk” to start recording a message and release the button to send
- Facebook connect, Emoticons, Voice chat, Group Chat and more features available.
That’s all about the best available WhatsApp alternatives Friends. There are a lot of other app available that those can be termed as WhatsApp alternatives for sure, but the apps mentioned here are the best and offers quite a promise.
Let us know what do you think of these WhatsApp alternatives. if you knew any other app that is worth mentioning please let us know we will update it asap. Thank you 🙂