Aside from Whatsapp there are loads of apps for other instant messaging on the Android platform. The Play Store is a good place to start looking if you are trying to decide on the best instant messenger app for Android to meet your individual tastes and needs. Here are five of the best choice apps for instant messaging:
WeChat: To expand your network
Although there are quite a few choice apps to expand your network, they all come with limitations. For instance, an app like Meetups is ideal only for specific venues, while useful social media sites like Linkedin and Facebook only allow users to add contacts that they know personally.
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WeChat offers most of what you’d expect from a standard messaging app. However one thing that sets it apart is the fact that it also opens up opportunities for you to expand your network, by connecting you with potential contacts who are within your area. With just a shake of your phone, you could easily find yourself a new friend who is also on the WeChat or alternatively they can find you. You are free to choose whether to add them or not.
It comes with a ‘Friend Radar’ feature which allows you to discover new friends who are nearby which also makes meeting up with them much easier.
Kakao Talk: For connecting with celebrities
Kakao Talk is an easy to use messenger app with a ton of complex features. The basic features are pretty straight-forward but it may take some digging in before you get the best out of all it has offer.
Kakao Talk provides users with the ability to make their network even bigger with its Plus Friends feature. The purpose of the feature is to allow users to connect with people beyond their immediate network. These can be anyone from typical messengers in your area, to celebrities, and even companies who use the messaging app to share content.
Once you use the Plus Friends feature to add friends, you will now be able to see their feeds and all the content they share. You can find out what your favorite celebrity or band is up to and if you are lucky, you can even have a one on one chat with them. There is a feature for this placed as a button right next to celeb’s name, so go ahead and give it a try, who knows what might happen.
Facebook Messenger: For all your contacts
Facebook Messenger is the official instant messenger from Facebook. Since its release it has received consistent updates that have not only made it a faster, cleaner messaging service with an intuitive interface, it also happens to be one of the best. The Messenger works much like most of the apps on list but the biggest difference is its instant connection to all your contacts on Facebook, which makes it one of the most convenient messaging apps.
Thanks to a recent update, Facebook Messenger now allows you to message friends that don’t have a Facebook account using their phone number. Additionally, you can directly access all your Facebook messages without having to use the official Facebook app or the website. It also comes with a variety of emojis and stickers, adding fun to instant messaging, as well as voice recordings, free calls, groups, photo sharing, location data and more.
Skype: For video calling
Skype is a long-standing app for video calling and it is still as reliable as ever. Skype is basically used for video calls, with a very useful instant messaging feature. To use Skype, you must first have a Skype ID or contact name. This is what your friends will use to add you before they can start sending you instant messages, for free, or otherwise make video calls to you. The app offers you an option to add Skype credit which makes international calls to mobile phones and landlines much cheaper.
Skype’s chat section provides emoji, media sharing, group chat and more. What’s more you can have one account on multiple devices.
Dasher: For exclusive features
Dasher has made quite an effort in spicing up the messenger market with its application of cool and unique features. Aside from allowing GIFs sharing and its rich URL previews, it also lets you can play YouTube videos within the chat window.
One of Dasher’s most unique inclusions is the ability to share money with your contacts via Venmo, something yet to be seen on any other messenger app.
What instant messenger app fits all your everyday messaging needs? Let us know in the comments.
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