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Which chat app are you using?
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 us 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 those alternatives, so we recently rounded up some of the best chat apps for Android to help you choose. Needless to say, we are curious which one are you predominantly using, whatever platform you are on. Of course, a lot of us are using two or three chat apps, depending on where our friends and relatives are, but only a few are shaping up to be the most popular options. Check the marks below, and tell us which instant messaging app brings you the most joy these days.

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Which chat app are you using?
4.01%
105 votes
(105 votes) I don't chat
9.77%
256 votes
(256 votes) I juggle several messaging apps
8.32%
218 votes
(218 votes) Google Hangouts
3.05%
80 votes
(80 votes) iMessage
4.16%
109 votes
(109 votes) BBM
48.76%
1278 votes
(1278 votes) WhatsApp
2.06%
54 votes
(54 votes) Skype
6.94%
182 votes
(182 votes) Viber
0.11%
3 votes
(3 votes) Tango
0.04%
1 votes
(1 votes) Fring
1.11%
29 votes
(29 votes) Telegram
0.04%
1 votes
(1 votes) ooVoo
2.59%
68 votes
(68 votes) LINE
1.18%
31 votes
(31 votes) KakaoTalk
1.72%
45 votes
(45 votes) WeChat
1.95%
51 votes
(51 votes) Kik
1.14%
30 votes
(30 votes) Snapchat
0.04%
1 votes
(1 votes) fuseMe
3.01%
79 votes
(79 votes) Other

2621 votes

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posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:18 7

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 521; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I'm using more than one, but WhatsApp for ever

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:33 3

22. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Well, I don't like WhatsApp... and I still have to understand why people do love it so much. I have to use it because everyone has it, but the fact that it works only on phones and not on tablets and PCs (where you can type with a real keyboard) and that works only on one device... while with Hangouts you have all your messages synchronized on every machine you use... you can share links and open them in a real browser, it works on ANY os in your browser... and notifications are synchronized between devices... WhatsApp is so outdated!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:54 1

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


I agree with you. I also hate that a lot of my friend were hesitate to use hangout. They all already trapped in the What'sApp, Line, WeChat system.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 13:28 1

34. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 636; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


You can run Whatsapp on Tablet. Juz download whatsapp from its official site and install it on Tablet. It will say not compatible, but thats nothing. It will still run..There you have it...
As far as PC goes, that can be done here also.. Download Bluestacks and then you can run juz any Android App, including whatsapp... Cheers

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 02:34

47. steedsofwar (Posts: 279; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Agree with you buddy. Whatsapp is clunky, bloated and relies on local storage for backups, can't load entire thread on new install, just the next message.

I'm surprised so few people use Telegram. I prefer it for security, privacy and the fact that the founder is a fan of Snowden. It's free and ad free, light and fast! Most of my friends have moved from Whatsapp to Telegram. I ditched WA when Facebook bought them. They are a cover for the NSA.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 03:27

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


There's an apps in Play Store that can transfer your old chat of WA to the new phone.

I guess not everybody think that EXTRA security is that important, and WA security is enough. For example, no one use 6 or 10 expensive padlock to secure their home/office. Only bank or jewelry store might do that. For average Joe, 1 or 2 $10 padlock is enough,

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 05:29

53. CyberFalcon (Posts: 161; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Please suggest me a Chat App from which i can send SMS to my friends through mobile data and they should receive it even without mobile data.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 06:38

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


Are you trying to spam?

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 15:35

58. TheGenius (Posts: 326; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Hike.

100 sms per month free.!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:19 5

2. ilayron8 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


WhatsApp, but just because all my friends using it. I prefer Hangouts.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:51

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


Me too.
I use What'sApp, WeChat & Line just because 95% of my friend and family use it. I prefer Hangout, but unfortunately only 5% of my friend/family use hangout.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:16 1

9. cezarepc (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Same here. I prefer hangouts simply because of the clean look and fast UI, can also use it on desktop too.

Unfortunately, most people involved in my daily life either use FB messaging or SMS.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:55

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


Yes about the desktop. I love the fact that I don't have to take out my phone to answer hangout. Answering non-hangout message is really disrupting my work.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:22

3. GreekGeek (Posts: 792; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Where the heck is TextPlus?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:37

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2770; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I have to use several, but personally my favourites are BBM and Line.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:52 1

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


I wonder what meanest(not)genius will say about this pool.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 17:25

38. meanestgenius (Posts: 1222; Member since: 28 May 2014)


So now you want to TROLL ME? Trolling BlackBerry is not ENOUGH for you, WahyWacko?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 17:29

39. meanestgenius (Posts: 1222; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And it's "poll", not "pool". You should use spell check. It helps.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 19:08 1

40. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


This poll is just another sign that BlackBerry products are not so popular as meanestgenius claims in his pathetic propaganda.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 19:47

42. meanestgenius (Posts: 1222; Member since: 28 May 2014)


There are chat apps there that have less votes than BBM, so what does that say about them?

This is a POLL on PHONEARENA. This BY NO MEANS has ANYTHING to do with any users OUTSIDE of PA, and therefore means very little, as it tells nothing of actual usage.

You have once again proved what a troll you are by mentioning BlackBerry. Thanks for proving my point for me.

You just can't stop with your foolish propaganda and obsession with BlackBerry. You should just profess your love for BlackBerry and get it over with. You sound like a jealous ex-girlfriend.

PhoneyBaloney, you and WahyWacko just can't seem to keep me out of your mouths, can you?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 23:11

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


True. LOL
When someone go to a website and point at some typing mistake, and discredit the one who make the typing mistake.... It's meant, that he desperate to make his point looks right.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 02:50

48. meanestgenius (Posts: 1222; Member since: 28 May 2014)


No desperation necessary. What marks desperation is when two well known trolls try to make a point by calling someone out, only to be shut down by the person you called out by him pointing out glaring mistakes in punctuation and grammar.

And it's "it's meant," it's "IT MEANS" with no comma after the word "means".

If you're going to call someone out, at LEAST try to have good grammar. It makes you look quite INEPT when you do this and your post is hard to read or looks like a 3 year old wrote it due to grammatical errors. As I said, USE SPELL CHECK. IT HELPS.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 03:31

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


meanestgenius,

maybe you GOT A++ on your english lesson. That's good for you. Unfortunately, I only start learning english not so long ago, when I was in junior high. English is NOT my main language, and that's why I have a lousy grammar, because english is hard for me.

You persistence on showing my bad grammar is a sign that you were not self confident when taking about the REAL talk, the content, the BB is outdated, thus you seek out to discredit me, and calling me a kid for bad grammar. That really show the shallow thinking.

btw, spell check doesn't correct grammar

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 04:23

51. meanestgenius (Posts: 1222; Member since: 28 May 2014)


WahyuWinsu,

Yes, my english and grammar are good. Very good. You know why? I studied hard and practiced until I got it RIGHT. I DEDICATED myself to learning the primary language of a country where I frequent their web sites. If you put HALF as much dedication into learning the language as opposed to the garbage you post here day in and day out about BlackBerry, I just might take you a little more seriously.

My persistence in showing your bad grammar and spelling is not a sign of lack of self confidence. It's to TEACH you better. To perhaps INSPIRE you to learn the language. It's hard to debate with someone when you have to constantly correct their bad grammar and spelling in your head. You know better than anybody here that I am FAR from afraid to talk about BlackBerry with you or ANYONE on this site. BB10 is NOWHERE NEAR outdated. It's extremely modern, and the best OS out now, IMO. What shows shallow thinking and insecurities is the fact that of over 700 posts, all you do is talk crap about BlackBerry, for the most part. It's to the extent that you bash others for choosing BlackBerry. You even now bash WP. If you don't like it, that's fine. Just keep your crap to yourself. NO ONE except by our troll buddies are interested in reading it. Post something of substance for a change.

By the way, I know what spell check is used for. Your spelling is horrible as well.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 06:46

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


I know it must be hard for you to admit that BB is lossing market, and were left in the cold by many of it's fan. It's OK, you will understand it sonner or latter.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 14:48

57. meanestgenius (Posts: 1222; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And I know it must be even harder for you to admit that deep down inside, you know BlackBerry is getting better by the day. You know that in the enterprise market, they have no equal. It really grinds your gears, doesn't it? In time, you will learn to accept that BlackBerry just isn't going to go away....that they are here to stay.

By the way, it's "you will understand it SOONER (not SONNER) or LATER (not LATTER). It's becoming more of a struggle each day to take you seriously when your spelling is this bad.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:00 2

7. szaboagoston (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


I use facebook messenger. Why is it not on the list?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:09 1

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3270; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Facebook messenger? Nevermind, I use whatsapp :)

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:21 2

10. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Facebook messenger for me

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:25 1

11. dsDoan (Posts: 217; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


The polls results surprise me. What does WhatsApp offer that Hangouts doesn't?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:46

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3270; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


User base and cross platform availability.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:57

16. dsDoan (Posts: 217; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Nearly all of Google's apps are multiplatform, including Hangouts, and considering the number of people with Google accounts, Hangouts has a massive user base.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:02 1

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


AGREE. But how many % in your contact/address-book that you have your friends gmail instead of phone number? and if your friend give their email, did they give you their gmail, or other email account, such as company email account, or other personal email address with their own domain?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:31

21. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Better emoticons, I guess...

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:57 1

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


Hangout doesn't offer the simplicity of registration like What'sApp. I guess people love the way that What's App can find the phone number in address book, and don't have to ask "what's your gmail address".

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 15:39 1

37. Karo_Runzlord (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Simplicity in registration and finding users

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:27

12. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2023; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


WhatsApp, Viber and Skype for me. :D

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:41

13. Tritinum (Posts: 111; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Whatsapp, Snapchat, Kik and now a bit of hike.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:52

15. michaelmicro (unregistered)


WhatsApp and iMessage, although I wouldn't really call iMessage a 'chat app' as it's integrated with SMS.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:03

17. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Juggle between WhatsApp and BBM.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:13

18. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2661; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Most of the people uses WhatsApp.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:58 1

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


That's why WA valued a lot by FB.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:15

19. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1311; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Snapchat and Kik.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:29

20. anasnazeer (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


Whatsapp and fb messenger. For family members.
Kik and hangouts for friends.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:53 1

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I use Skype.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:31

29. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I use hangout the most but also skype

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:43

30. Zack_2014 (Posts: 45; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Hike Messenger is the best of all. But I have to stick to Whatsapp just because all my friends are on it.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:11

31. fzacek (Posts: 1672; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Google Hangouts and Snapchat are my two primary ones...

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:29

32. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Why is iMessage included if it is exclusive for iPhones, Macs, and iPads only?
Just a curious question, because the majority of this website are not Apple users.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:32

35. AlikMalix (Posts: 468; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I think iMessage is included because its much more then just SMS. But you're right - after a recent poll apple users are very seldom here - so iMessage wouldn't get correct result as it is exclusive to iOS and Mac users.

I only use iMessage. If someone wants to reach me by text - they SMS me and if u have iOS its a bonus.

I really hope that apple makes an android iMessage or some client (fat chance though). I do not enjoy texting to outside iOS.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 04:42

52. michaelmicro (unregistered)


Apple use their software services as a hook to get people to buy their hardware devices, which makes them lots of money. If they gave away their software services on all platforms, there'd be less incentive for people to buy Apple devices and Apple wouldn't make any money as a result.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 06:37

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


When apple leading, they can do that. Just like what BB did with BBM. BBM was one of the driving reason for people to buy BB.

But, when others solution come, and challenge it, they should react. This is the same on why BBM usage is so low. Because a couple of year back, all other platform don't have it, so if you use iOS or Android or Symbian or WP, you can only use What's App, and this make WA as de facto messaging standard. BB drag it's foot for too long, and when BB finally open BBM, it's already too late. No one care about it anymore, and most of the BB user already have WA too.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 13:24

33. kkmkk (Posts: 88; Member since: 06 May 2013)


im using Whats-app and viper
i chose viper because i can make video calls with it

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 19:34

59. AlikMalix (Posts: 468; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Can you switch from an ongoing voice call to a video call, and back to voice? Others must have the app installed as I understand, but must it be always running in background to receive a call? And can you switch between front and rear camera?

My android friends want something common to video call and we're trying to find a best alternative to FaceTime...

Thanks

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 23:14

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


Hangout.

Hangout can switch the camera front/back. Can turn on/off video call (video call -> voice call -> video call -> voice call).

and hangout ALREADY ALWAYS RUNNING if you have android. Hangout also available for iOS.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 22:30

61. AlikMalix (Posts: 468; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


But doesn't it require submission to Google+? or am I wrong? not trying to troll...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 23:48

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


It requires G+. But you can use 'fake ID' with G+, or create a second Google/Gmail account with false/fake ID to use if you don't want to use your personal information.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:59

36. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I still use Google Talk (gTalk)... Ill keep my cross platform and cross protocol messaging thank you very much... I used to use and absolutly LOVE IMO, but they stopped allowing multiple account login's, and sorry, I keep my gaming and personal/professional accounts seperate... they do NOT mix! that rolls into the next issue where they made you HAVE to have a REAL name behind each account, again stopping my seperation of gaming and personal accounts...

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 19:28

41. jdrch (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


I use Facebook Messenger a lot, but it isn't one of the poll options.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 22:48

43. a_tumiwa (Posts: 266; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


this poll is better in multichoice format.
btw, Yahoo Messenger, FB messenger, and ChatOn should be put to the list, rather than put those infamous messenger

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