Android Messaging Apps Worth Trying Out
It is fair to say that text messaging is more popular than making actual phone calls on your smartphone. Needless to say, once something is popular, dozens of apps will be created for it, and text messaging is no exception. Seeing as you have to pay for each SMS message, the Android app market has seen an emergence of texting apps which allows you to text other people for free, or for a nominal fee that will set you back much less than sending actual SMS messages. WhatsApp and Viber lead the pack, but there are plenty of others, so we’ve decided to take a closer look and see what’s what.
Skype had become a household term among desktop and laptop users a long time ago, and ever since Microsoft acquired it, it has been making some big strides on mobile devices, as well. Apart from being the best at video and voice calls, Skype also lets you send and receive instant text messages, emoticons, video messages and all sorts of files.
You can also have group chats with people that are in your contacts. This may very well be the best app of its kind out there, which is no surprise, since it has Microsoft behind it.
SnapChat became popular, and somewhat notorious, less because of its overall abilities, but more because it allows its users to send images and short videos that self-destruct after they have been viewed by the receiver. It is pretty much an unwritten rule that once something hits the internet, it stays there forever. SnapChat makes sure that those private photos you are sending to someone stay that way.
Sounds very “Mission Impossible”, although much less dramatic, since your phone won’t explode in ten seconds. Even though the images you send cannot be saved by the receiver, they can take a screenshot of it, but you will be notified of this. SnapChat also allows you to do some basic image-editing, such as adding text or drawing, but that’s pretty much it.
Even though most devices come with this app pre-installed, in case yours doesn’t, do yourself a favor and download it. It is one of the best messaging apps on the market, and you can find it on the Google Play store. For those among you who are addicted to Facebook, and we imagine there would be quite a few, Facebook Messenger is a must-have, since it allows for instant access to your Facebook account and Chat Heads.
When it comes to messaging, you can send messages to your friends, family and colleagues directly from the app, as well as images and voice memos. As for Chat Heads, they will pop up on top of any app except for full-screen video. This feature is relatively new, so it’s nice to see it included in the app.