Communication over Smartphone is evolving; it is no longer about texting only. It is about finding various messaging apps to stay connected round the clock. Though there are many to choose from but often one might get confused which one is appropriate. Using iMessage on your iPhone or using Whatsapp on your Android device. Let us find out about the most popular messaging app.
Why use a messaging app?
This is the initial question that comes to the mind of any user. If you are already using your text service by your provider and your mms, it should be appropriate. However, the numerous file and media sharing options provided by other messaging apps is what makes it more exciting. Additionally, it allows you to connect with your friends abroad with the most budget friendly option. There are some apps that even allow you to send pictures that disappear after a few seconds of opening. You can even create a dedicated group or specific network of people to stay connected within an organization.
Another aspect is that you need not be bothered about limitations of texts as this work on wireless. This means unlimited messaging.
Let us now discover various messaging apps that are segregated into 3 major categories as:
• Multimedia messaging apps
• Vanishing messaging apps
• Group messages and payment
Multimedia Messaging apps
The most popular app is WhatsApp this has been functional ever since year 2009. This app can be utilized by Android, iOS, Windows phones and BlackBerry users. This means that no matter which platform your friend is using you can still connect.
The most interesting feature is the simplistic design and easy to use intuitive UI. You have the freedom to add pictures, audio, videos, audio notes and contact cards. Additionally, you can even share map image to zero in onto your current location.
MessageMe is yet another app that was launched a month ago. This app is available free of cost. You are allowed to doodle the images that you share with your friend network. You can also share song excerpts. However, the recipient needs to purchase the full version of the song from Google Play or iTunes.
Vanishing Messages App
A recent trend among youngsters is getting popular that includes sending text or pictures that vanish after opening. However, this is raising issues over privacy and illicit picture sharing but it is fast catching up.
All you need to do is snap a photo or capture video using the inbuilt functionality of the app. Then send it to your friend along with the time limit to view the picture or video. This time limit can be set anywhere between 1-10 seconds. As soon as the recipient opens it, the countdown starts and the item disappear within the given time limit. Android and iOS users can avail this app for free. You are also allowed to scribble and doodle on the picture to make it more fun.
One more app by the name of Burn Note gives you the advantage of disappearing messages. You have the option of making your plain text message disappear on opening within 120 seconds. The recipient receives a message like a black boxes appearing on their screen, on accessing these boxes message appears. Additionally, you also have the option of securing your message with password. You can also make selections to ensure that your messages cannot be copied. However, if a user still has an option of capturing screen shot of the conversation.
Group Messages and Payment
This app is well known for sending group messages. The primary feature of this message is threading together people across various platforms. This means that no matter what kind of device you are using you will still be able to get in the group messaging. Another thing is that it is available for free download.
GroupMe also gives you the freedom to create a shared option of picking up tabs at a restaurant. For example, you are out with your friends on dinner then it is possible to pool in for the tabs by including the group payment. Each user included in GroupMe having a payment information app can pool in for the payment.