WhatsApp is one of the most popular mobile apps in the world, with around a billion users. The app was bought a couple years ago by Facebook but has continued to supply its users with new updates and features to this day. Recently, WhatsApp released such an update containing a new feature introduced to WhatsApp users in the form of a video calling feature. This would allow users to initiate or receive a video call through WhatsApp, and also push the app in the ranks of communication apps that have expanded across all types of information delivery (text, voice and video). This newfound status has put it in direct competition with Skype, another service that specializes in facilitating long distance communication.
Although worthy challengers have arisen over the years, Skype’s expertise is unrivaled as the service has been around for more than a decade. WhatsApp has managed to climb to the top by constantly adding new features, so let’s see how it fairs against Skype, which can be considered the pioneer of online multi-channel communications.
Accessibility and versatility
When talking about apps that help people connect, it is important to look at how versatile these apps are. We are comparing a mobile app and a desktop software, or at least that’s what the two were created to be at first. In the meantime, WhatsApp has also launched a desktop version while Skype had a mobile app going for a long time. Therefore, even though they are from different backgrounds, they have both adapted to please larger consumer spectrums.
One of the main differences between the two are Skype’s business inclined nature versus WhatsApp’s more personal use focus. If you’re looking for an app that can satisfy your business needs, Skype might be a better option since it includes features such as video conference calls, which are lacking from WhatsApp at the moment. Skype can also be used for personal use just the same.
Privacy and security
While Skype users can hide their identity under the guise of a nickname or internet persona, WhatsApp users are bound to their phone numbers, which are used to activate WhatsApp on any given device. The roles are reversed when it comes to data protection. While Skype has implemented security measures in its system, it doesn’t come with end to end encryption like WhatsApp does.