The craze for instant messaging applications for OS like Android, Bada, Nokia, iOS, and Blackberry has almost killed the telecom industry. Whatsapp Messenger, an application which allows sending unlimited free text-messages between users with the help of internet, has created a massive impact in the world of instant messaging. Today, Whatsapp is on the top spot among the long list of apps that provide instant messaging services for Android.
There are several reasons that Whatsapp has gained such immense popularity in the world of instant messaging. One, it is a totally reliable app which never fails to deliver the best output. And two, accessibility on several OS platforms. However, over the past few months there have been several complaints about this infallible app. The basic looks and feel of this app somewhere lack the free SMS service.
Considering that Whatsapp is not the only instant messaging app we have today and keeping in mind the different tastes of apps people have, I will discuss the top 5 alternatives of Whatsapp for Android. You may probably want to take a call on trying something new and different.
Alternative #1 – ‘Viber’ from Viber Media
Viber has gained immense popularity following Whatsapp, as being a great instant messaging app for Android. It definitely needs to have outstanding features to stand in comparison with Whatsapp. Well, Viber has a lot to offer than merely fulfilling the basic requirements of instant messaging. Apart from allowing you to send free text messages to other Viber users over 3G or Wi-Fi connections, it also allows you to share content and commence free calls nationally and internationally. Viber is one of the perfect replacements of WhatsApp. All you need to do is register your contact number running on your Android with Viber to get started.
Alternative #2 – ‘Kik Messenger’ from Kik Interactive
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Kik Messenger is one of the popular apps in Google’s Play Store. This app allows you to chat with your buddies on Android for free. That’s not all! With Kik Messenger, you can also send them pictures from your gallery or downloads. This app is smart enough to find your friends on Android automatically through contact synchronization. Kik Messenger helps you stay connected to your buddies and family no matter the distances between you.
Alternative #3 – ‘eBuddy XMS’ from eBuddy
eBuddy XMS is surely a cool replacement of Whatsapp Messenger for Android. It’s highly comparable features with Whatsapp is what puts it as an alternative of Whatsapp. It has almost all the features f Whatsapp like sending free messages, sharing pictures and other content through 3G or Wi-Fi networks. However, you can chat only with your friends who are registered on eBuddy XMS. An additionally interesting feature of eBuddy XMS is that you can share your current location with your eBuddy friends.
Alternative #4 – ‘Line’ from Naver
To compete with Whatsapp, every instant messaging service will need to have a service similar to that of Whatsapp. Well, Line is one such brilliant app with an impressive feature that outranks Whatsapp Messenger. Besides supporting free text messages and content sharing through the use of 3G and Wi-Fi networks, it also supports free Internet calling service to other users registered on Line through their Android device. Moreover, it also has a great looking interface with some really funny stickers (emoticons) to make your chat much more interesting. And guess what! You can also use Line on your PC and MAC. So, if you are a socialite and worry spending your hard earned money on staying connected to distant friends and family, this can surely save your pockets.
Alternative #5 – ‘ChatON’ from Samsung
Yet another alternative to Whatsapp is ChatOn App from Samsung. This app has made its way to the list of competitors for two main reasons – one, its manufacturer; and two, its features. ChatOn App gives you the liberty to stay connected to your family, friends and acquaintances through free text messages, sharing pictures, videos and other content. In fact you can either carry on a personal chat or even chat on conference through group chats. One additional feature of ChatOn which is quite impressive is that there is no need of downloading the picture messages, videos and other multimedia content you receive from your contacts. You can view them through a simple feature called Trunk.
This is not the end of instant messengers list. There are many more which stand a chance to compete with Whatsapp. Go ahead and give these superb apps a try, they will surely not cost you a dime.
Samuel is an expert mobile application developer who is currently working with VitebMobileApps; an Offshore Mobile Application Development Company that offers its services globally. VitebMobileApps is a leading mobile application and Android Tablet Application Development Company that offers its services globally.