Best Chat Apps
SMS comes loaded in every phone that you buy. SMS alone is very simple but lacks any cool features or options that gives the user some flexibility in the way they chat with people. That is why chat apps were created: to create that bridge between sms and features. While some chat apps have SMS fallback (like iMessage on iPhone), most chat apps need some type of connection for it to work. SMS messages don’t use data when you send or receive texts, but most 3rd party messaging will use an internet connection to operate. Here are some of the best chat apps on the Play store.
Being a former consumer of this service, you’re able to choose your own number (according to your location), and send messages. Google Voice is filled with important features like call screening, custom voicemail, hangouts/Google Fi integration, VOIP calling and much more. The service has been around since 2009 and has evolved into an amzaing calling/texting service.
Under the ownership of Facebook, WhatsApp has been one of the most widely used messaging apps, thanks to its reliability and easy of use. With Mark Zuckerberg recently stating that he’s planning on uniting the messaging service of all three platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp), it looks like WhatsApp will have even more users, and more fluid communication. The service offers all the standard messaging app features like calling, texting, video call ect.
Similar to WhatsApp in terms of interface, Telegram boasts security encryption and packs way more stickers and chat settings than WhatsApp. While Telegram is great for one on one communication, the app is also very popular for hosting large community chatrooms. You’ll find communities for specific websites, topics, interests and more.
An SMS/MMS app that also serves as a chat app for people using Signal. It’s been given the “iMessage for Android” title by many users, for its SMS fallback. Moreso than any other app on this list, Signal is focused on security and privacy. The app is the most trusted encrypted messaging apps available and is the go-to solution for most people who prioritize their security.
If you like to connect with people through Facebook, their dedicated messaging app is the best solution for you. With this app you can message anyone who has a facebook account. The app has been through a long evolution which results in the implementation of a bunch of great features.