Ever since the internet and smartphones started being part of our lives, new forms of communication have arose: e-mails, video conferences, texts… But maybe the most important one is the lattest. Chat rooms were very popular in the 90s, but what’s really kicking in today is mobile texting. Apps like WhatsApp have become outrageously popular due to its free internet-based texting system. However, Facebook has recently launched its Messenger, and the question is: what exactly is the difference between these two? Well, here is what these two apps are about:
It’s a messaging application for smartphones that allows users to send text, pictures, videos or audio messages. It sends data through the internet, so that users don’t have to spend texts, and it offers the possibility of creating larger chat groups (up to 12 participants). This app is available for iOS, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. It’s a free app and ads free.
Facebook Messenger is a new application launched by Facebook that can be installed in your mobile device or your desktop computer. Using this app you can get notified when you have a new message or comment in your Facebook profile. While it’s not conceived as a chat tool per se, it also allows you to chat with whoever is online of your Facebook friends and send them attachments, so it is pretty much like the embedded messenging app in Facebook, only on the go. The only thing that can possibly make this better than any other messenging app is the fact that it integrates Skype video calls.
Other messenger apps
So although these two may be the most obvious messenging mobile apps, there are many other options that are worth considering. Canada-based Kik, for instance, has gained 40 million users since it was first launched in 2010, and MessageMe is another Silicon Valley company that claims to have reached 1 million downloads in its first week.
But the Asian market is, without a doubt, where messaging apps are more popular. Tencent’s WeChat (with 400 million users, far more than Twitter, for instance), LINE (with 120 million users) and KakaoTalk (with 80 million users) are some of the Asian companies to watch in the future, as they are promising to expand to other markets with the same success that they are having in Asia.