Text Messaging Apps for Android You Need to Check out
Originally conceived as a means of receiving and placing phone calls on the go, cell phone has evolved into so much more that we all nearly forget about its original purpose. Most people prefer to text each other instead of calling. If you fall into that group, you probably use some sort of app for it, since SMS and MMS messages will set you back quite a bit if you tend to get carried away with texting.
Texting apps, on the other hand, let you do more of the same, or more, for free, or for a small fee. If you are new to these, don’t worry, because we have compiled a list of the best text messaging apps for Android. Check out the short list below.
WhatsApp is available on all major software platforms, including Android, Windows Phone, iOS and Blackberry. So far, WhatsApp has gathered a massive following, with hundreds of millions of users currently using it to send text messages, photos, audio and video messages free of charge via mobile data or Wi-Fi.
This app also saves you the trouble of having to add each and every one of your friends to its contact list. Instead, immediately after installation, it will take all the phone numbers in your contact list, and find a match among WhatApp users. As long as you send messages to another WhatsApp user, the service is free of charge, at least for a year. After that, you will have to pay a symbolic fee of $0.99 per year if you want to continue using it.
Much like WhatsApp, Viber is available on all major software platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, and even desktops which use Windows and OS X, which means you can send, receive, organize and archive messages both on your cell phone and your desktop computer.
Although its primary purpose is to serve as an SMS replacement, it is packed with lots of other features. Although WhatsApp is more popular, Viber itself still has millions of users, and in addition to sending text messages to other Viber users, you can also send photos, video and audio, as well VoIP calls. Just like WhatsApp, Viber will scan your contact list and find matches among Viber users. Viber uses mobile data and Wi-Fi to send messages and calls, for free, and, it has to be mentioned, without ads.
Seeing as more than 80 million people use it every day, we had to mention Kik messenger app, as well. Like its competitors, Kik is a cross-platform app that allows you to send and receive messages, photos or set up group chats. You can also download and use emoticons and various online memes. But, the main reason why it’s so popular is the level of privacy it provides its users with, because you don’t need an email or a phone number to log in.
Worried about your security online, or could someone be monitoring your activity? (check my article) – these apps can be used to protect your communication, just something else to keep in mind. Thanks for reading.