After the dawn of the internet making it easy and having almost all the content for free we have various applications in our smartphones that allow us to send all our messages for free across the world and be in touch with all our friends and relatives.
Nothing is as complicated and expensive as it used to be …
And the use of these applications i.e the instant applications is free and having fast and easy access to people all around the world.
The whatsapp messenger is the world’s most popularly used applications. It has over 590 million users sharing their messages for free in the form of text messages, images, voice recordings and videos. It also stores all the data in device and also has it all backed up in case of change in the devices. It is free for the first year and then charged for $0.99 per year. On feb 19,2014Facebook Inc. announced it was acquiring WhatsAppInc for $19 billion.
It runs smoothly on 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity, and is available for Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone enabled device. Like others, WhatsApp also notifies you when a message has been received on the other side.
Developed by Viber Media, it is a cross-platform instant messaging, voice over Internet protocol application for smartphones. In addition to text messaging, users can exchange images, videos and audio messages but it lacks of Status option.
It is as easy to setup and have very clean & simple interface; offers free domestic, international calls including all the landline numbers; Can send save multimedia content. It has an attraction of the use of various stickers available in-app for entertaining and having better conversations.
On 14 February 2014, the company was acquired by Rakuten for $900 million. It has more than 300 million subscribers.
WeChat is developed by Tencent , the largest Internet company in APAC, We Chat is the only instant messaging app that offer Video/Audio Calling, Push-to-Talk Voice Messaging, Group Chat-text & voice (up to 40 people) and Location based friend-discovery social features with about 200 million users worldwide.
In this application, we can also connect it to facebookaccount ,have group chat codes and have chat history backup. The shake and drift gestures are new compared to the other applications and makes you go social.
It is one of the popular instant messaging apps developed in china.
LINE is a Japanese application for instant messaging also available for personal computers and smartphones. It offers a good experience for social networking with unlimited calling and messaging 24 hours a day, that’s free voice calls and free messages. LINE is now available in more than 230 countries around the world and has over 180 million users. Features include high quality voice calls, a message function with icons, photo sharing, location information, ways to express yourself with stickers and Emoji, and much more.
SnapChat was developed by two Stanford University students, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy with a new concept of a time-limited photo sharing application.
SnapChat gained popularity because of the temporary nature of the images sent. Images are captured and then sent immediately, to select Snapchat compatriots, with a self-destruct timer built in.
Images, or videos, can be sent for anything up to ten seconds, and then wipe themselves off the receiver’s phone. Whilst there is nothing to stop a screenshot, senders are notified if this occurs. Image editing is also possible, but only to a narrow degree.
A small level of text can be added, and images can be sketched over, so you can show your friends what you look like with a bright red cartoon afro. You can also save your own images. It has 100 million users who are using this application,Snapchat is originally from the U.S.
KakaoTalk is a communication tool originated from south korea,it is having 100 million users. It allow smartphone users to make free calls to contacts using the same service and to send text messages for free with no need of registering his/her mobile number. KakaoTalk is available for the iPhone, for Android phones, for BlackBerry and Windows Phone, and works on Wi-Fi and 3G networks.
It has features like unlimited free calls and text messages to other KakaoTalk users, Group messaging, Huge user base and many others.
It also have voice call ,groupchats,qr code and shake gesture features and used by 90% of south Korean people.
With over 80 million users, Kik is another app that can’t be ignored. Like WhatsApp, it is cross OS and features many nifty features.
There are many similarities to WhatsApp, such as the ability to send photos, have group chats, as well as being able to search for YouTube links, images and self drawn sketches. More interesting features include downloadable emoticons, our favourites being Rage Memes and South Park characters.
You can also create and send different memes from within Kik, or “Photobomb” your friends. The latter is Kik’s answer to SnapChat, which we will cover later.
Kik also prides itself on being personal and private, not having to share your mobile number or email address, rather a username that you can create.
It works seamlessly across all smartphones, tablets and PCs and requires no logins and passwords.
It allows you to get social and it takes your contact list and tags the mutual contacts too.its quick and similar to skype in various ways.
According to ACNielsen, Nimbuzz is a strong competitor to Facebook Messenger in Asia, especially India. As of March last year, India had 25 million Nimbuzz users out of 100 million mobile Internet users.
Nimbuzz supports interaction with popular messaging services such as Twitter, Facebook Chat, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk.
In February 2012, Nimbuzz announced the discontinuation of support for ICQ, AIM, Myspace and Hyves because the general lack of usage of these chat services.
Hike is a communication app that offers both instant messaging and SMS under one roof. It offers you the talktime and messeging rewards on each and every sign up referred by you. This app will provide Rs.10 for new users signups and Rs.20 for new invites using your referral link. The Hike app is out forAndroid, iPhone, Windows Phone devices which includes the newest Windows 8 Phones and Nokia S40 symbian devices.
It offers group chatting features, images, videos and also other multimedia files sharing to an individual and in a group.