With almost 30 million reviews, WhatsApp could easily make it to Google Play’s hall of fame – if it exists. While its fame mightn’t be born of its almost fool-proof TextSecure end to end encryption, it has managed to hold its own against the competition in the instant messaging platform. Does this mean there isn’t anyone to challenge its supremacy?
Look at these alternative apps, be the judge.
Telegram is perhaps the most promising WhatsApp competitor in the market. With a seamless sync across desktops, phones and tablets, you can always chat regardless of the device you have at hand. Built by a non-profit organization in Berlin that claims it will never sell it (even for a dollar a year) or display ads, I find it a worthy alternative – especially with its ability to send files of any type, something that WhatsApp cannot do.
Wickr not only uses military grade encryption but also sets its messages to self-destruct. No one can ever steal your conversation and you wouldn’t have to worry yourself sick of what carnation your recipient could cause with your photos in case you step on his or her toes.
Line has free voice calls, messages and the attractive disappearing chat option. With over 430 million users worldwide and a couple of funny stickers, it is something worth trying if a couple of your friends are already in the cycle.
Even though Kik doesn’t have a voice call functionality, it boasts of being the first instant messenger with an inbuilt browser.
Tango claims to be the next mobile social network app. It is an instant messaging application that lets you make friends. It doesn’t limit you to your phonebook. You can interact with the over 150 million users through voice, video call or instant message. If you are active enough, you could make a couple of friends and expand your catalogue.
WeChat gives you impressive control over your privacy and chats. Its credibility makes it the only app to get a nod from TRUSTe. If TRUSTe thinks it is safe, who are we to say it isn’t?
Viber is a veteran in the instant messaging platform. You can text, make voice calls and even call people who do not haven’t installed the app. It has quite a reputation and a huge client base making it a worth option.