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Posted 12/29/2013 at 1:55 AM
Posted 3 years ago
Messaging apps are in great demand these days. Have a look at our list of the Top 10 iOS Messaging Apps:
Skype was founded in 2003. It’s a free app and is one among the top 50 downloads in the iTunes app store. It lets its users make free video calls to other Skype users all over the world along with its instant messaging service. Photo sharing is also possible through it. This messaging app is compatible with all iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 5.0 or later. One of the negative factors about Skype is that there are no push notifications for IMs in Skype.
This is one name in messaging apps that has built a record of one being one of the most consistently top downloaded messaging apps in the iTunes store. It enables text messaging for free among individual users and among groups. With 200 million active users, WhatsApp is now one step ahead of Twitter. Putting status updates like “at the movies,” or “battery about to die” or other options makes it a fun app through which the user can also let one know what he is busy doing at that moment. The messaging system informs the sender whether the recipient has received the messages and read it or not. Also, checking the other user’s availability is easy through the “last online time” notification. Sharing video, audio, photos and other files is easy among friends.
Viber currently has 200 million users and still is growing fast. Viber not only works great as a text messaging app, but it’s also ideal for making calls. It lets one call anyone around the world for free, and the calls made through it look like a normal phone calls. The contacts of the user can be in touch using texting, photos and video messages, apart from the calling option. The conference call option of the app is appreciable, with up to 40 participants allowed to take part. International calls are free. Viber is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, but iOS 4.3 or later is required to use Viber.
Snapchat is a photo messaging application, and its users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and share those with a list of contacts. The photos and videos shared over this app are called “Snaps”, and there is a system of setting a time limit for the recipients to view their Snaps. Once the time frame e.g. 1 to 10 seconds is over, the snaps will be automatically hidden from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers. So, this is one unique characteristic of this app.
There is a large circular button that lets the users capture images by clicking. The user can also add text and/or ink drawings onto the image and send it to a particular recipient. If the same button is pressed for a longer period of time, then Snapchat works as a video recorder that records up to 10 seconds of video. Prior to sending the images, it can be saved by pressing the white arrow in the bottom left-hand corner.
A new feature launched by Snapchat lately is “Snapchat Stories” allows users to create links of shared content. On doing so, the images or videos can be viewed an unlimited number of times for over a 24-hour period.
For people with Facebook accounts, Facebook Messenger is a handy app that works fast and is free. It lets users have access to messages without having to open Facebook, makes the conversation lively with the addition of stickers, has group conversations, you can send photos privately, record voice messages, text the phone contacts even if they are not Facebook friends and more. Facebook Messenger also lets you make free calls globally. Checking who is available on Messenger and who is active on Facebook too is easy with this app.
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Line is an app for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs, and users can exchange text messages, graphics, video and audio media through it. It also lets you make free VoIP calls along with making free audio or video conferences.
Originally, Line was developed as a mobile application for Android and iOS smartphones, but later on, its service expanded to BlackBerry and Windows Phone too. The features of this app include multi-platform, real-time confirmation on messages being sent and delivered, optional address book syncing, sharing of photos, videos, music and more, bulletin boards for groups of up to 100 people, sending emoji, stickers, and emoticons to friends, adding friends through the use of QR codes, adding friends simply by shaking their phones simultaneously, personalized themes and more.
Yahoo Messenger is a free app, and can be downloaded and used with a “Yahoo ID”. Possessing this ID makes it easy for users to gain access to other Yahoo services like Yahoo Mail. Although not fully supported, this app supports file transfers, webcam hosting and text messaging services to some supported carriers.
Some of the features of the messenger are IMVironments, address-book integration, Yahoo Music Radio, access to Yahoo Chat Rooms, voice mail and file sharing, webcam and custom status messages, and more.
With Hangouts, group conversations get better than ever. Hangouts is the latest introduction from Google that intends to replace Google Talk, and is updated with many attractive features to engage users. You can send messages to friends anytime, even if they are not connected at that time.
The features of this app are video and voice messaging with up to 10 friends, easy compatibility with computers, Android and Apple devices, and live-stream with Hangouts On Air.
A messaging app by Apple, iMessage is available for iOS 5 and later. Users can send texts, documents, photos, videos, contact information, and group messages through this app over Wi-Fi, 3G or LTE. iMessage is restricted to iOS devices, and as such, it works as a private messaging service for Apple handset users. It’s quite a good alternative to standard SMS/MMS messaging services.
Features include: the ability to see if the other iMessage user is typing a message, ability to see if the recipient has read the message, setting up chats with more than two people, the ability to send both plain text, and sending picture messages, options to share movies, locations, and contacts too.