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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: 518; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


WhatsApp Still Rulez

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 06:57

2. sip1995 (Posts: 862; 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: 345; 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: 862; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


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

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 08:52

12. joey_sfb (Posts: 3006; 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: 2047; 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: 2812; 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: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Time should read, tune.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:18 1

7. hossamaltarawneh (Posts: 33; 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: 481; 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: 481; 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: 147; 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: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Skype!

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 09:54

13. sip1995 (Posts: 862; 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: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Really? I thought they only promoted Apple products?

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 12:26

16. Totse2k15 (Posts: 272; 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!!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:36

32. BobbyDigital (Posts: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


No. You trolling every BlackBerry article is a crime. And yes, it is one of the best IM clients on Android. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not one of the best. GROW UP ALREADY.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 23:09

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


I don't like it... that's true
BUT PA THINK THE SAME AS ME. So, You're the troll for NOT RESPECTING other's oppinion... Common oppinion share by 50%+ user. !!!

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:41

35. BobbyDigital (Posts: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


So because PA wants to be a troll bait site, you happily join in on the trolling? That's your excuse? That's really childish. And pathetic. All you do is camp out on PA and wait for a BlackBerry post and then tell everyone how much you don't like Blackberry. The same tune we've heard from you a thousand times. And you're supposed to be a grown man? I don't think so. What you're doing is childish. And ridiculous. I already called you out on another post when you asked another user "do you hate your wife that much"? Because he wants to get her a Passport. Are you seriously telling me that's not trolling. Here's the definition in case you don't know: troll2
trōl/Submit
verb

verb: troll; 3rd person present: trolls; past tense: trolled; past participle: trolled; gerund or present participle: trolling
1.
informal
make a deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.
"if people are obviously trolling then I'll delete your posts and do my best to ban you"s

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:50

36. BobbyDigital (Posts: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


So because PA wants to be a click bait site for trolls when it comes to BlackBerry, that means you have join in on the trolling? Are you sure you're an adult because that's something a child would do. Unless you're an iDiot. Which that is probably the case as well. All you do is camp out on PA with your troll buddies Punk@SSUser and APunkula and wait for a BlackBerry post, then you guys say the same thing over and over again. Why? What's the purpose beyond trolling? On EVERY BLACKBERRY POST. It's PATHETIC. It's CHILDISH. It's DUMB. And then you guys get mad at the fact that there are people who honestly like BlackBerry. What we eat doesn't make you sh*t so stop acting like it does. You trolled another guy when he said he was going to get his wife a passport.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:54

37. BobbyDigital (Posts: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


You had the sheer audacity to disrespect him by asking him "do you hate your wife that much"? Why would he hate his wife? Because he wants to get her a passport? What does it have to do with you what he gets his wife? What did that comment bring to the discussion besides trolling? You're not going to change anyone's mind about what they like so just STOP TROLLING ALREADY. You're worse than a two year old.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 09:22

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


You just need to accept that BBM is not the best messaging platform as is now. Calling me names just because your favorite didn't win is CHILDISH, PATHETIC, and DUmB.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 14:37

40. BobbyDigital (Posts: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Just as trolls normally do, you NEVER answer any question posed to you. You simply ignore it because answering the question would out you as the troll you are. I never said BBM was the best. I said ONE OF THE BEST. I guess that not knowing how to read can be attributed to your grasp of the English language which is akin to a 3 month old child. You need to accept the fact that you're nothing more than a troll and everyone here knows it. You're just mad that someone is calling you out on your trolling ways.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 23:01

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


I never answer a TROLL trolling because I don't want to feed the troll. It's useless to answer you (or meanestgenius), because you will keep trolling. For example, you ask, why I said he's hating his wife for giving bb passport. That was obvious. If he gave any flagship android device, the wife will be happy because she can be "IN" the society. With bb passport, she will not be "IN" because she will miss the trend. Because all big company ignore to support BB. And she can't be "IN" if she didn't follow the trend. She will also feel ashame to use the wrong platform that gonna die.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 03:45

45. BobbyDigital (Posts: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


How do you know what she'll be happy with? Because YOU say so?? Because you like something else so she should too? Do you realize how stupid you sound right now? Please show me this proof that BlackBerry is about to die. Trolls like you have been saying this for FIVE YEARS NOW. Guess what? They're STILL HERE. By your comments here you ONCE AGAIN PROVE that you are nothing but a TROLL.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 23:04

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


Second sign that you were a troll is you mocking on my english. IS THAT A CRIME TO BORN IN NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY? I'm proud with my broken english. At least with my broken english I can communicate with billions of people. And that's why I won't answer to a TROLL that were mocking for someone english, because you must be a bully teenager who don't know etique

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 03:48

46. BobbyDigital (Posts: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


What the f*** is "ETIQUE"? It's ETIQUET you DUMB@SS! And when you come to a predominately ENGLISH SPEAKING forum, then you should either know English or not comment. Because your comments show you for the illiterate 3 month old that you are.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 23:08

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


Third, this is a comment/discusion forum. Different in thinking is expected. If you want a "ME TOO" forum, go to crackberry.com. You will find a thousand comment on praising the passport. You and meanestgenius always angry with people don't like BB is a sign THAT YOU TWO IS THE REAL TROLL. You can't accept that others think bb is dead. Even PhoneArena think BBM is not important. Not their fault. Everybody think BBM is dead by now.

You can have oppinion opposing majority. THAT'S FINE, THAT'S OK, THAT'S COOL. But when you opposing majority and you got angry because the majority doesn't agree with you THAT'S TROLL.

But when you were with majority, and you don't angree with the minority, THAT'S NOT TROLL! THAT'S STATING A FACT... which I did!!!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 03:59

47. BobbyDigital (Posts: 481; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Wait... Wait...Wait... You say DIFFERENT THINKING is expected and yet YOU JUMP ON THE TROLL BANDWAGON and spew factless nonsense about BlackBerry. I DEFEND BlackBerry because it's something I like, which is in the MINORITY on this site but I'm the one being "me too"? Lmao!! I LOVE IT when iDiots like you not only make my point for me, but make yourself look like a TOTAL DUMB@SS in the process. And who cares what PA thinks?? They drop troll bait after troll bait BlackBerry articles and like CLOCKWORK the TROLLS LIKE YOU come running. And you STILL just don't understand the meaning of troll do you? You're just going to sit there and MAKE UP MEANINGS like its all good? Must be that English language barrier thing confusing the TROLLING iDiot in you.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 06:54

48. hossamaltarawneh (Posts: 33; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


Man, Haters gonna hate. A Blackberry user always have his own way of loving his blackberry. I've used a Bold 9780 then switched to HTC one S and a nexus 4 but when the Q10 released I couldn't wait to get back to blackberry and guess what? I'm not regretful for that decision! Can't wait for the Classic/Passport. I don't know why the wall huggers and the Sammy fan boys come and hate on blackberry.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 06:59

49. hossamaltarawneh (Posts: 33; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


Bbm windows phone beta saw 10 000 signups within 24 hours . And that's only beta users :), Wow bbm is really dead (: ..

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 04:06

26. hossamaltarawneh (Posts: 33; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


It should!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 00:57

25. clarkjeferson (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)


Kakaotalk is what I usually use since most of my contacts are there (mostly Koreans) ;)

But other than that, I have Kik, anyone wanna kik with me?

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