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Which chat app are you using?

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

2621 votes

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posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:18 7

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 1127; 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: 1441; 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: 812; 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 (unregistered)


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: 223; 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: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Hike.

100 sms per month free.!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:19 5

2. ilayron8 (Posts: 22; 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: 716; 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: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Where the heck is TextPlus?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:37

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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: 14187; 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: 14187; 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: 5498; 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: 14187; 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: 14187; 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: 14187; 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: 14187; 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: 43; 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: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Facebook messenger? Nevermind, I use whatsapp :)

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:21 2

10. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Facebook messenger for me

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:25 1

11. dsDoan (Posts: 231; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


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

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