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Who wouldn’t be drawn to messaging apps? They’re friendly on the pocket and you could make messaging even more fun. And with internet connection to be found almost anywhere, messaging apps have made staying connected much easier. While these apps solve issues with communication costs, it creates another dilemma in the choices available. This post will focus on four: WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram and WeChat.

Communication

WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat all have voice and text messaging capabilities. All also have the ability to do video calls and send audio clips. Telegram is slightly different in that it mainly focuses on sending messages, media files and general files. But what it lacks elsewhere, Telegram makes up for with their security. Users can start a Secret Chat with a friend and use an image as encryption key to ensure their conversation is secure. Also, a Chat can be set to self-destruct between two seconds to a week.

WeChat, while offering similar features to other messaging apps, also feels different because of its social features. For instance, users can make new friends on WeChat and they can even call for a cab and transfer money. In short, WeChat feels like an all-in-one app.



Usability

WhatsApp reached the billion user mark in February of this year. While that’s not enough to judge it as user-friendly, the app has an interface that’s not difficult to interact with. The same goes for Viber with its purple and white look.

WeChat might take a little getting used to owing to its many features, but it’s generally easy to use. Telegram, on the other hand, doesn’t have all the features as the rest of the apps featured here so it doesn’t bear that complicated interface.

Supported Platforms

Android and iOS are the top mobile platforms in the world, but other platforms like Windows also exist. WhatsApp is supported on most smartphones running on Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Nokia and Windows. However, the company also announced that certain devices would no longer be supported by the end of 2016, including Android 2.1 and 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3Gs/iOS6.

Viber runs on iOS (iOS 8 and above), Android (version 4.0 and above), Windows (Windows 10) and Blackberry (Blackberry 10). Telegram supports iOS 6 and above, Android 2.2 and above and Windows Phone. Lastly, WeChat supports Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Symbian and Windows Phone.

Security

WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram and WeChat encrypt messages sent and received messages. That said, it’s the end-to-end security of WhatsApp and Telegram that have received heaps of praises.

Messaging apps are making communication much easier. Can you imagine spending hours chatting to friends and loved ones across the world using traditional phone plans? The bill is mighty costly! But with apps like the one listed here, you can chat for as long as you want without incurring huge charges. While this posts lists down the four most popular ones, there are still others worth the shot like Line, which has been compared to WhatsApp on several occasions.

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