There are many free messenger apps for Android. It is, therefore, all the more important to use the right messenger. With our top 3 messenger apps, you should be able to choose the best messenger for you easily and uncomplicated. The cross-platform functionality was particularly important to us in this listing.
WhatsApp is probably one of the most successful apps for Android and iOS. Due to the simple structure and the focus on the essentials, WhatsApp was able to leave many competitors behind and made it into the top rankings of all app stores. In contrast to normal SMS, there are no fees for sent messages. All connections are sent over the mobile data network and so you can be reached almost anywhere and always. You are not only limited to text, but you can also send pictures and videos to other WhatsApp users. The other party only has to have WhatsApp installed on their smartphone and can receive messages immediately. Registration is not necessary and WhatsApp identifies suitable contacts from your own address book based on the phone number stored there.
This also shows the advantage of WhatsApp. There is a suitable app for almost every mobile OS and iOS, Android, Blackberry and Nokia are covered. But that alone would certainly not be enough to justify the enormous number of downloads. The range of functions also speaks for WhatsApp. So you can start group chats in addition to individual conversations. You can check whether the person you requested has received the message as well as the read status of the individual messages.
WhatsApp is structured like a typical messenger and the history of the conversations can be easily traced. WhatsApp also has a status system with which you can communicate your own status so that potential “disrupters” can be notified in advance of your own inaccessibility.
Facebook Messenger is particularly suitable for users with many Facebook friends. With this, you can communicate at any time via the app and conveniently arrange appointments and meetings. Not only is it limited to Android, but there is also an iOS and a Blackberry app.
The main features of Facebook Messenger include:
- Immediately send messages to other friends who have installed Messenger
- Chat with friends who are on Facebook
- Receive free push notifications for incoming messages
- Send messages with places and photos
- Reach friends via Messenger or Facebook via SMS
- Create group conversations to schedule meetings on the go
- Add more friends to the group conversations at any time
- Set notification and location settings for each conversation individually
The classic messenger service is probably Skype. Most of them will be familiar with this service from PC and Mac and will be used there as a telephone replacement and chat client. Calls between Skype users are free of charge, other connections can be made worldwide at favorable conditions.
The Skype app enables you to make free voice and video calls to any other Skype user – regardless of the underlying platform – and a chat function is also integrated.
Key features of Skype include:
- Free * Skype instant messages, video and voice calls via 3G / UMTS or WiFi.
- Inexpensive calls and SMS to cell phones or landline phones from your Android
- Send pictures, videos and files to all contacts
- Videotelephony using front and back cameras
Due to Android restrictions, only the rear camera can be used on devices with Android 2.2. For devices with Android 2.3 or higher, both the front and the rear camera can be used.