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Who would have thought that one day, we can talk, chat, text and send videos and pictures to almost all parts of the world with from a small device? Before, we thought cameras, snail mails and telephones were enough to reach out to our loved ones. With the advancements in technology and the internet, the way we communicate had changed drastically.

Today, we can do all these things via messaging apps. But with the myriad of choices available, it can be a challenge to pick the perfect instant messenger app. By learning about their features, this concern can be addressed. And to narrow down your choices, let us discuss four of the most popular communication apps: WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram and WeChat.

WhatsApp

With over one billion users, there is no doubt about it, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging app in the world today. Aside from conventional features it shares with its competitors, such as, video calls, creating of chat groups, normal calls and sharing audio, image and video files, there are two new features Android app users will be able to use soon. This latest update includes animated GIF support and video streaming.

The former lets users convert 6-second videos to GIF image and share it to contacts. Conversely, the latter allows for playing videos while downloading them. These are on top of the other features this communication app boasts of, such as, sending PDF files, editing fonts, backing up chats in the cloud and sending public messages publicly.



Viber

Also a multi-platform messaging app, Viber has over 750 million users and offers the basic features of its competitors as well as other cool characteristics like end-to-end encryption to ensure security, send doodles, delete messages and hidden chats, upload photos and videos that will be deleted after a few seconds, send voice messages and stickers.

Telegram

Created by two Russian brothers, Telegram tops the charts in over 46 countries, including Ecuador and Germany. Aside from having the speed of WhatsApp and its other features, this app prides itself for being the most secure messaging app today, with its feature that allows users to create Secret Chats with chat boxes and messages that self-destruct after a few days or weeks. It uses the MTProto protocol that encrypts the chat session only on the device where it was initiated and the device of the invited contact. Also, Telegram has the Instant View feature that allows full view of web pages by simply tapping the link.

WeChat

With over half a million users, this app is considered to have more social features than WhatsApp. Aside from allowing users to enjoy basic messaging app features, WeChat also permits text messaging in group chats of up to 500 people. Moreover, users can play games with friends, send animated stickers and join fitness challenges. And with the latest update for iOS users, users can now share songs with the support of iTunes and Apple Music.

While some of the features of WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram and Wechat are practically the same, each has its own unique features. By simply knowing what works best for you, the choice will be easier. Or better yet, you can opt for these four messaging apps to enjoy all they have to offer.

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