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The best chat and instant messaging IM client apps for Android

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The best chat and instant messaging IM client apps for Android
We can wax poetic about the explosive growth of chat apps until the cows come home, but there's no need to extol their virtues by now, as it is clearly visible how the various instant messaging clients have almost taken over our communication needs already. The IM-craze started way back in ICQ and mIRC times on desktop computers, went through staples like the Yahoo or MSN messengers, then we got the Skype sweep, but now a new crop is taking over, overshadowing the old guard with access to more than 500 million user in the palm of our hands in the case of WhatsApp, for instance.

The chat revolution is not only about chat anymore, though - some of the best Android messaging apps are veritable social networks, complete with profile pages, status messages, media comments and sharing, as well as a smorgasbord of features like group video call that we now take for granted. Some of you are also concerned about privacy in the land of NSA, so a new offshoot of secure messaging apps is getting trendy. It's pretty hard to navigate all that maze, and some would argue that the best communication app is the one your friends are on, but since now we are often using more than one IM application, we've rounded some of the best chat apps for Android to help you choose.

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posted on 23 Jul 2014, 06:53 2

1. aayupanday (Posts: 579; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


WhatsApp Still Rulez

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 06:57

2. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Seems that PA refresh their contract with Samesung and Google....

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 08:10 3

9. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Window Phones got no people and PA is doing business through traffic and using topics like this one can have high number of views because it covers alot of people hence ITS JUST BUSINESS.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 06:59

3. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Btw Telegram is available on Windows Phone too....

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 08:52

12. joey_sfb (Posts: 6036; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good enough reason to avoid it then. Most efficient way to avoid the bottom 5% of winers.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:02 3

4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'd buy an Android phone just to chat with that beauty in the pic!

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:07

5. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I use ICQs, oh-o time for my SMS, is fun to see people faces when they recognize it.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:07

6. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Time should read, tune.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:18 1

7. hossamaltarawneh (Posts: 36; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


What? BBM isn't mentioned? Since when fuseMe, kakoo talk and numbuzz is better than BBM? WTH..

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 10:44 1

14. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Because BBM ****ONLY**** have 85million MAU (monthly active user) and got stuck in that number, whereas all the messaging platform mention have more than 100 million MAU, some even have as high as 500 million MAU.

The problem with BBM were, BBM use some random awkward alphabet/numeric ID that were inconvenience in this decade. It might looks cool for the last decade, but definitely considered dinosaurs technology now.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:09

17. ChocolateSoul (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


BBM is well over 110 million registered users, though. Not including it on this list is complete bull. It's feature-set alone (chat, stickers, BBM Money, video, voice) makes it better than more than half this list, then you can add in its security features and corporate BBM Protected version. Who else has that? Not including BBM is RIDICULOUS. Furthermore, you are saying the only way to join BBM is by PIN and that is FALSE. You can join BBM by PIN, Email, Barcode and NFC. None of these are "dinosaur technology". You don't have any idea what you're talking about.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 23:58

21. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


correction... BBM has 165 Million REGISTERED USER. But the number that messaging platform use is NOT registered user. They used MONTHLY ACTIVE USER (MAU). and in the last BBRY EARNING REPORT, they announce that they have 85 MILLION MAU.

summary
in Q1 2014 bb said 110 million registered user, 85 million MAU.
in Q2 2014 bb said 165 million registered user, BUT ONLY 85million MAU.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 14:33

19. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2037; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Are you ever going to quit it with your irrational hatred of BlackBerry? And learn correct grammar too. Reading your posts hurts my brain.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 00:07

23. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


will you quit worshiping bb, the fallen god? Your irrational worship about how great bb were iritating me. As for grammar, sorry. I don't officially went to learn english. I learn english mostly through cartoon since I still in junior high, and now through hollywood movie.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:43

28. ChocolateSoul (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Will you quit jumping on the 'I Hate BlackBerry' bandwagon as if a few years ago, you weren't using a BlackBerry? You idiotic Android/iOS fanboys act like BlackBerry molested you as a child. It's a damn phone. If you don't like it, move on and use something else. Bashing it constantly is foolish and exposes your lack of maturity.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:32

30. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2037; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Junior high school? Well that explains your child-like behavior and irrational stupidity. Grow up junior. There are people out there that like BlackBerry. No matter what you say. It's THEIR CHOICE. NOT YOURS. If you don't like it so what!? You say you respect other people's choice but you always troll BlackBerry articles spewing negative nonsense. Why must you troll EVERY BlackBerry article? Bet you WON'T answer that question. Because then you would have to admit you're nothing more than a troll.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 23:08

33. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


LOL. Me english is really bad.
I was learning english since I (was) still in junior high. That's a decade ago.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:36

8. codemonkey85 (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


"Hangouts does video chat, voice calls, group chats, files and media sending, and just about everything else you’d expect, though it falls a bit short in the notifications and especially the theming departments."

Hangouts doesn't do voice calling on Android, or file sending beyond pictures. Also, how does it fall short in the notifications? You can customize notification sounds for every individual person or group chat.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 08:31

10. Rydsmith (Posts: 541; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Hangouts absolutely does voice calling on Android, I've accidentally hit that button more than once in the year plus that I've used hangouts.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 10:47

15. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


What I like about hangout is the convenient when I have more than 1 device. I can use hangout on my phone, then continue on my PC, and then continue on my tablet.... seamlessly.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:51

27. codemonkey85 (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Let me clarify; Hangouts on Android does not do VOIP voice calling. It does, however, do normal carrier-based phone calls to contacts that have a phone number.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:47

29. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Hangout on android do VOIP with video call through Internet.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-use-google-hangouts-for-android

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 09:51

39. codemonkey85 (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


That is a very different proposition - video calls will invariably require and use more bandwidth / data, and you can't make calls to phone numbers from Hangouts for Android.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 22:56

41. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


You make the video call, then YOU MUTE the video. So, it's a voice call. Google has another product, called google voice that can make calls to phone number, unfortunately only available in United States.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 08:49

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Skype!

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 09:54

13. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It belongs to Microsoft, here promote only Google's products.....

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:34

31. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2037; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Really? I thought they only promoted Apple products?

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 12:26

16. Totse2k15 (Posts: 462; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


I like viber, but they need to add video chat/call. Hangouts sucks!

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:10

18. ChocolateSoul (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


BBM should be on this list. Not including it is a crime! Please fix this glaring omission!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 00:08

24. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


BBM is not on the list for 1 obvious reason... IT'S NOT THE BEST IM client for android. PERIOD. Including it is a crime!!

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