Sunday, 23 November 2014

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15 WhatsApp Alternative for Android and iOS

The WhatsApp itself has got the maximum user base compared to other applications. But you can try other apps as some of them has got very interesting features which are not present in WhatsApp.




 1. Viber  


Viber is one of the best alternate for WhatsApp. It additionally has a free voice calling feature which is currently not present in WhatsApp. Viber is available for Mac OS, Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Series 40, Symbian, Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows and a Linux version is available for Ubuntu 64-bit. Another advantage of using Viber is that it has got a very large user base after WhatsApp.




 Availabe in: iOS | Android | Windows  Phone | BlackBerry | Nokia




2. LINE

LINE is another good alternative which offers free voice and video call functionality. Compared to WhatsApp, the LINE has got some other interesting features like, it can download and send stickers apart from the usual emoji's. LINE is currently free for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, ASHA and even on Windows and Mac OS X. By October 2014, it announced that it has 560 million users worldwide, of which 170 million are active user accounts





 Available in: iOS Android Windows Phone BlackBerry | Nokia




3. WeChat

WeChat is a messaging application with an interesting additional feature called “Shake” to meet others. With this feature we will be connected to a random user from around the world upon shaking the phone. Two persons shaking their phone at the same time will be connected and they can chat each other. Also there are options to meet new friends from nearby locations. Sticker gallery & built-in games are other exciting features of WeChat.



 Available in: iOS | Android | Windows  Phone | BlackBerry | Nokia


4. Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is another commonly used application to chat with Facebook friends. Free calls functionality is also available. 'Chat Heads' is another useful feature in FB Messenger with which you can keep the conversation going while using other applications.





 Available in: iOS | Android | BlackBerry | Windows




5. KakaoTalk

We can personalize the KakaoTalk messenger with fun themes. Through the "Plus Friend" feature on KakaoTalk, users can follow brands, media and celebrities to receive exclusive messages, coupons and other real-time information through KakaoTalk chatrooms.





 Available in: iOS | Android | Windows Phone | BlackBerry | Nokia




6. Skype

Skype is one of the most widely used video chatting application within the mobile and PC. Though it is not commonly used for text chatting purpose, it has features like file sharing, text chatting, sending video messages, conference calls etc. Also we can purchase Skype credits for calling to mobile or landline numbers. Screen sharing is another important feature of Skype which is mainly used in corporate communications.




 Available in: iOS Android Windows Phone BlackBerry 




7. Telegram

The interface of Telegram is very similar to WhatsApp and it has got some more additional features. A group in Telegram can add upto 200 people compared to 100 people in a WhatsApp group. Secret Chat option and end-to-end message encryption are the two features in Telegram which ensures privacy.




  Available in: iOS | Android | Windows Phone



8. ChatOn

ChatOn is an application initially introduced into the Samsung mobiles. But currently they are available to free download for Android, iOS, Windows, BackBerry and Bada Smartphones. Users can share ChatON content on Facebook. Another unique ChatON features is that it allows users to create Animation messages which the recipient can watch and Broadcast to send personal notices in a group chat room.




 Available in: iOS | Android | Windows Phone | BlackBerry




9. Hike Messenger

Using hike messenger you can send even non media files and documents like PDF, ZIP, Doc, PPT, APK etc which are upto 100 MB in size. Also in Hike Messenger there are more privacy options where you can make the chat rooms hidden and access them with pass codes, you can block others from seeing your profile picture, “last seen” status etc. Also the messages are encrypted while sending over WiFi.




 Available in: iOS | Android | Windows Phone | BlackBerry | Nokia




10. GroupMe

GroupMe is a messaging application which has an online version as well as mobile versions. The main speciality of this Microsoft owned messaging app is that, those who don’t want to use the application can still send and receive GroupMe messages through SMS. But this SMS feature is available only in US.




Available in: iOS | Android | Windows Phone




11. Kik Messenger

Kik is a simple messaging application modeled after BlackBerry's Messenger. Kik is known as the first smartphone messenger with a built-in browser. You have to register Kik with a unique username and so with Kik, you never have to share your phone number, which assures security.





 Available in: iOS | Android | Windows Phone




12. BBM

Messages sent via BlackBerry Messenger are sent over the Internet and use the BlackBerry PIN system. Earlier the communication was only possible between BlackBerry devices. But currently BBM was released on iOS and Android systems. A unique feature of BBM is its “Timed Messages” which enables you to set how long contacts have access to messages and pictures shared in a chat before it disappears from the screen. Also there is a 2-way opt-in option where you have control over who is able to message you.




 Available in: BlackBerryiOS | Android | Windows Phone




13. Hangouts

With Google Hangouts application you can make group video calls with upto 10 persons at a time. Other features like sending photos, maps, emoji, and animated GIFs are also available in Hangouts.



 Available in: iOS | Android






14. Threema

Threema is a paid application which is known for its security and privacy. With true end-to-end encryption, only you and the intended recipient can read your messages. You can use Threema completely anonymously, without giving away personal information such as phone numbers or email addresses. The sent messages will be deleted from their servers immediately after being delivered. Currently it is available at a price of 138.11 INR.





  Available in: iOS | Android




15. Tango


This application is popular for making video calls. There are lot of fun options inside Tango. Some of them are you can play a mini-game or share photos during a call, challenge friends, send gifts, & climb leaderboards in 40+ featured games on Tango, discover, listen & share songs powered by Spotify etc.




 Availabe in: iOS | Android | BlackBerry | Windows Phone





As mobile app messaging has become an unavoidable factor in our day to day life, the competition among the apps has also grown to a large extend.
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WhatsApp Broadcast Message: How to Send

WhatsApp broadcast is a less used but very useful feature in the messenger. This broadcast feature is used to send messages to multiple persons in the contact list simultaneously.

The difference between using a WhatsApp group & broadcast is that, the members of a group can send message to each other and everyone else will be able to access it. But in the case of a broadcast the owner of the broadcast group will be able to send message to a group of people privately.




How to send a broadcast message through WhatsApp


Step 1: From the more options menu at the top right section in WhatsApp, select “New Broadcast List”




Step 2: You can add the required persons from the contacts list, who are expected to receive the broadcast messages.


Step 3: Now if you send a message through the newly created Broadcast, all the added contacts will receive the message. You can reuse that broadcast list again for sending the message to that same group of people. Also you can give a specific name to a broadcast.



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