Chat applications. Chat applications, now known mainly by the name of instant messaging applications, are now more and more widespread. Between Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype and Telegram, among many others, it is really difficult to say which is the best. It all depends on the user experience you are looking for. In terms of functionality, there is now real competition in the creation of messaging applications, so much so that many times the applications tend to copy the most interesting, original or innovative features from each other.
Best chat apps
It will also be difficult to choose the best messaging application, but WhatsApp is undoubtedly one of the most famous and used. Basically, WhatsApp is nothing more than an application for mobile devices, through which you can chat with your phone contacts, without having to pay for SMS. Messages sent to other users take advantage of the connection to Internet of your device and are fully free; obviously the recipient will also have to use the same application.
The application is very simple to use, it is cross-platform and is available on many devices: Android, iOS and Windows for mobile phones and tablets. You can also use WhatsApp on your PC by downloading the official application for Windows or Mac. Alternatively, you can also use WhatsApp through a Web navigator.
It was created in 2009, but WhatsApp has undergone a very strong evolution with the introduction of always new functions: calls, video calls, group messages, sending emojis, GIFs, voice messages, sharing photos and videos and much more; all are offered completely free to users.
It is practically impossible to deny the popularity of WhatsApp. Think that even Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the social network Facebook, realized this and made WhatsApp become a proprietary application of his company: a purchase that cost a good 19 billion dollars.
Why use WhatsApp? The reason that could push you to use this messaging application is given by its extreme simplicity and reliability, thanks to its system of end-to-end encryption. It is a special security protocol that allows secure conversations to the point of making interception difficult.
The best alternative to WhatsApp could be Telegram, as one of the cross-platform messaging applications with more functions. Available free en Android devicesIOS, Windows Phone, but also on Windows PC and Mac, Telegram can also be accessed directly through a web browser, without having to be directly connected to your mobile phone.
In terms of functionality, Telegram offers more or less the same tools as WhatsApp: send messages, group chats, send emojis, GIFs, voice messages, share photos and videos. Unlike WhatsApp, calls and video calls are not currently available on Telegram.
In reality, however, if we want to analyze Telegram in more detail, the differences with WhatsApp are many and Telegram seems to be a cut above WhatsApp, in terms of the additional tools that are offered for free, absent in WhatsApp.
Among the most outstanding features that Telegram offers, is the possibility of create channels (conversations in which a single person publishes content and in which other users follow) and create secret chats (Conversations that, in addition to being equipped with end-to-end encryption, allow the self-destruction of sent messages).
Also, unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is configured as an open source messaging app with some advanced features aimed at more experienced users. Among these is the bot creation (i.e. virtual assistants) via API (Application Programming Interface), the creation of customizable themes, the instant opening of links, the integration of a proprietary platform for write texts and much more.
Why use Telegram? Even if the popularity of Telegram is still lower than that of WhatsApp or other messaging applications, its strong point is undoubtedly its wealth of advanced features and for this I recommend its use.
If we talk about chat applications, better defined now instant messaging applications, obviously we must talk about the Facebook messaging application. Since Facebook is the most widely used social network, could a chat system be missing? Of course, no. The name of the application is Facebook Messenger.
Why use Facebook Messenger? Well, because the strong point of Facebook Messenger is its integration with Facebook. To send private text messages to your Facebook contacts, you must use Facebook Messenger. The application is already integrated into the web version of the social network, it is Free and does not require further installations.
If you are using the Facebook mobile application, you will need to download the corresponding application from Facebook Messenger. Through the application you can make calls and video calls, send text messages, images, videos, emojis, GIFs and stickers, as well as send short audio messages.
Among the main features of Facebook Messenger, as I already mentioned, there is also the possibility of making calls and video calls with Facebook friends, through a few simple steps.
To do this, once you start the application, start a conversation with a friend. You can choose if you want to make a voice call just by pressing the button. Start a call (telephone handset symbol) or a video call directly via the button Start a video call (camera symbol). You can make calls and video calls through the app for the devices mentioned above, but also through the web version of the Facebook app Messenger.
If you've used the historic Windows Live Messenger service, you will surely remember it fondly. The software, officially discontinued by Microsoft since 2012, has now been replaced by Skype. No current messaging app can give you that nostalgic messaging experience, but Skype is definitely the closest and most viable alternative.
Skype is quite a popular application, which is available for free on a multitude of devices.
Why use it? Well, because Skype is one of the most popular messaging applications feature rich and allows you to send text messages, multimedia content, make voice calls and video calls, even in groups, all absolutely free.
Other chat apps
The list of chat apps certainly doesn't end there, but I'd do the first few hours here myself to talk in depth about all of them. Instead what I can do is give you a short, but comprehensive, overview of the other more interesting messaging apps.
- Who (Android / iOS / Windows): Kik is a free messaging application aimed at youth audience. As for the more exclusive features of the application, there is an internal application store in which Download games and applets.
- Viber (Android / iOS / Windows / Mac) - Viber is another complete messaging app that allows you to send messages, make calls and video calls.
- Line (Android / iOS / Windows / Mac): Line is a free messaging application developed by the South Korean company Naver Corporation. The main features allow you to create short video montages and publish your content in small blogs integrated into the application.
- WeChat (Android / iOS / Windows / Mac) - If Line is the Japanese answer to WhatsApp, WeChat is definitely its direct competitor Chinese. The messaging application is free and even includes a payment system to send money to your contacts.
- Signal (Android / iOS): Signal is the messaging application with more high level of privacy and security. Developed by the creators of the end-to-end technology that WhatsApp uses, it is even used by Edward Snowden, a former CIA computer scientist who revealed a series of mass surveillance activities carried out by some governments without the knowledge of the citizens.