Poll: Which chat app do you use most?

Poll: Which chat app do you use most?
In the past 9 years, phones have slowly transformed from devices for vocal communication to devices for text communication. On paper, this may look like a devolution, a step back, but in reality, a plethora of apps and services have made texting just that much more convenient. Most of the time, the sender knows when their message has been received and / or read, and the recipient can read and reply at their own convenience. Not to mention, it's all free as it's done over the Internet, which we are already paying for anyway. And sharing media, such as photos, videos, sound files, et cetera is much easier. Calls aren't extinct, no. But they are more of an “urgent” or “serious” channel of communication.

Two years ago, we asked you the question — which chat app are you using? Well, the landscape has changed a bit in the past months, and we feel like it's appropriate to see if anything is different. Yes, we do realize that, nowadays, it's hard to stick to just one of these. But there's certainly one app, which you consider your primary, “go-to” one when you are about to start a conversation with somebody. Let's see which one it is!

Which chat app do you use most?

Facebook Messenger
12.14%
Viber
4%
WhatsApp
50.67%
Skype
1.54%
Telegram
4.66%
iMessage
6.1%
Google Allo
3.02%
Google Hangouts
6.25%
BlackBerry Messenger
0.82%
Line
1.43%
Snapchat
1.59%
I use a few equally often
2.2%
Other... (comment below)
5.58%

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54 Comments

1. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

whatsapp i think will come out on top cross platform constant updates good overall features and very popular

21. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No doubt about What'spp... You simply can't argue with ONE BILLION BLOKES... What'sApp isn't only available for The BIG TWO, but also Windows Phone, Tizen, Ubntu and heck even on old Nokia Series 40 Smartphones...! My one of the two gripes (both are MAJOR ones) is that there's no desktop client... And that's where Messenger 'butts-in'... My second gripe is that now What'sApp is handing over users personal data to... #FaceCrook So, FaceCrook can 'precisely' target Ads towards your account with 'pinpoint' "accuracy and precision"... There's no walking out of it... No option to turn it off... You just have to... Ahem... 'Gulp' it up... Oh well... I don't use FaceCrook so it doesn't bother me... Much... G'Day!

23. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

There is a desktop Client for Whatsapp.

34. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Whatsapp is the obvious winner....

45. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I use whatsapp. What i want is stickers like in BBM or LINE, or even iMessage.

46. Leo_MC

Posts: 6904; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So why don't you just use line or iMessage?!

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Whatsapp... Slickest, simplest yes most feature rich one. And by feature, I don't mean stickers...those are for kids!

5. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Yes because your avatar is so mature.

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What has my avatar got to do with this post? That's childish!

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6590; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It's the best he could do...give him some slack lol.

22. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "And by feature, I don't mean stickers...those are for kids!" You forget to mention "Geeks"... And "ladies"... Come-on, Girls love it, mate...! Okay, that's a little 'sexist', innit? My deepest and sincerest apologies to @Sissy246... G'Day!

43. sissy246

Posts: 7029; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL Alls good

39. CptPwn

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

No, WA is not smoother than Telegram, Telegram wins that one hands down, I run it on an old single core android and it's much faster, also can send any format sound file. Also have separate notifications for each user and you can use an alias and don't have to give out your number. Only thing WA has over it is calling.

47. Leo_MC

Posts: 6904; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yeah, "feature rich" like the lack of emoji, video calling, animated gifs (until this month), just to give a few missing features.

3. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

I use Google Messenger. Why is it not on the list?

6. libra89

Posts: 2264; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's probably because it's the default on some phones.

15. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm not sure if it really is. Samsung has their own messenger (which is a different app than Google Messenger), but does HTC or LG?

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6590; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It's baked into Google Hangouts. Guess PA doesn't consider Messenger to be relevant enough to stand on its own in the list.

36. middlehead

Posts: 448; Member since: May 12, 2014

Because it's an SMS app, not chat.

4. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Whtatsapp and hangouts, non battery hungry. Ou I don't have Facebook.

7. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

I find it easier to use Messenger with almost everybody available almost all the time.

8. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

I use Wire. It offers end to end encryption for audio as well as for video chats.

25. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Wire, eh? Never heard of it... And it sound kinda 'FREAKY'... Why so freaky? What's so freaky about "WIRE", you ask? Well, allow me to 'fill you in'... When we speak about What'sApp we say: "I'll What'sApp you"... And... If we speak about 'Wire" we'll have to say: "I'll 'wire' you"...??? Woah...! Please, don't wire me, okay? G'Day!

31. Beijendorf unregistered

You must be new to English. Wire, verb to send someone a message by telegram wire something (to somebody) He wired the news to us. wire somebody (something) He wired us the news.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6590; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Google Messenger (Hangouts) came pre-installed on my phone. Does what I need and it does it very well.

40. Junito

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I only encounter difficulties with videos, sending them, that is.

10. libra89

Posts: 2264; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I use Line out of these but I also use GroupMe a lot too if it counts. Skype use is occasional.

18. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Line is definitely one of the best ones but not very well known in North America. They lead things in Asia, particularly Japan and Korea.

41. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Line is great, it's big in Taiwan as well

12. sissy246

Posts: 7029; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

None If I want to talk to someone I use regular text or call them.

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