Starting today, we begin a series of articles whose main task is to create an updated top of the best applications for iOS and Android in various categories. The App Store and Play Market are the two largest app stores in the world. They have their own tops, each application has its own page with screenshots, short user reviews and half-fair ratings. In the App Store, applications are thoroughly (sometimes unnecessarily thorough) moderated, in the Play Market everyone is free to upload their creations, but this does not help the ordinary user to make a choice. I am not talking about mastodons of mobile movement, which are fluent in all new trends and trends. I mean ordinary users who, at times, for the first time see this or that platform. Each week, one of our esteemed authors will provide a new category, and with the release of new applications, these topics will be updated so that you will always be up to date with the latest information. So, today we will start with iOS and with such a lively topic as communication.
After all, we all communicate. Every day and a lot. It’s no secret to anyone that the number of sent SMS is already much less than the number of electronic messages. And when it comes to virtual communication, SMS and correspondence, then there are eternal bickering, which messenger is better. And it is impossible to give a definite answer to this question. Roughly, as an answer to the question “Which platform is better?” - to each his own and there is no universal answer. But we tried to make the TOP-best. Immediately make a reservation - all applications are free, but may include in-app purchases. The rating was based on the opinions of community members.
Social network number 1 among the Russian-speaking population. And that says a lot. This is a full-fledged social network and its client has all the functions that a simple user may need to communicate on the network and exchange opinions.
Messaging is quick and easy. In addition to the standard text, photos, and emoticons, we can add an audio recording, a document, and a geo-location indicating some data. There are hundreds of various emoticons in the set, so everyone can bring a certain amount of emotion to their messages. At the time of writing, there were some interruptions in the availability of the application in the App Store. It regularly disappeared from the catalog and then reappeared. Let's hope this is a temporary process. After all, the audience at vk.com is simply huge and despite the actual sale of the social network, it continues to develop.
The only negative of this application is that it has been removed from the App Store. Temporarily or permanently - is still unknown. But I'm sure many managed to install it one of the first additional applications from the App Store.
Cross-platform Hangouts - Google’s attempt to enter the messenger market. And a very successful attempt, I want to note. Considering what fate usually awaits similar projects from Google. Until recently, as you know, we even broadcast Trashcast using this platform. Now we use this service to record streams and conduct online broadcasting. Free access and the ability to broadcast live on YouTube - what else is needed for such purposes? Among other things, Hangouts supports all the usual functions for instant messengers - group chat, sending photos / videos and emoticons.
But at the same time, I can’t say that this service is very popular. It is likely that this is due to the common concerns of users and the company's reputation as a lover of closing their services in the most unexpected moments. On the other hand, the service is still young, and having such functionality as video calls + an exclusive ability to stream to YouTube, you can expect success. We recommend that you take this opportunity, especially since all users of Android devices Hangouts is by default. Among other things, there is also a desktop client.
The project of Pavel Durov, the creator of VKontakte, fixated on the word " privacy ". End-to-end encryption, lack of saving messages on the server, self-destruction timer for text messages and a graphic key. All this and not only awaits you in this paranoid messenger. If privacy is really important for you and you are worried about the idea that the PRISM project is following you, then this messenger may become your favorite. Registration in the application is quite simple and framed according to tradition. The application supports all the same emoticons / photos / videos / documents, etc., but makes the main emphasis on security. The developers even staged a competition for successful hacking of correspondence. So far, no one has succeeded in doing this.
In principle, you can use this messenger like any other - send and receive messages, do not worry about the absence of a person online, because the application gives you an unlimited amount of space in the cloud storage to store your correspondence. You can create group chats for 100 people and take part in some discussions. Or you can use the main feature of this application - Secure Chat. Thus, an encrypted connection is formed. Each of you has a graphic key, checking that you can be sure that the chat is available only to the two of you and no one can wedge into the discussion along the entire length of the traffic path. In addition, Push notifications will not contain the addressee, so even if your phone is on the table and someone sends you a message, no one can even read the author’s name. And if you set a self-destruction timer for correspondence, then SMS will be destroyed a few seconds after reading. We hope you will not use this application for arms trading or extremist activities.
A popular messenger who knowingly acquired the middle name "Skype killer". With a simple authorization mechanism and support for audio calls, this lightweight messenger has gained popularity with more than 250 million people. But first things first.
The program interface is Russified and very easy to learn. Registration takes place by sending a special confirmation code to your mobile phone number. In principle, even an iPod in this way can become a very relevant device for calls and correspondence. In addition to the text, you can send a voice recording, a sticker, an emoticon, a photo / video, a geolocation or a picture to the interlocutor. At the same time, the sending speed, with a good connection, is practically instantaneous. In addition to regular messages, the application supports VoIP calls between subscribers of the application. When you register in the application, it pulls up all your contacts and analyzes by mobile numbers who already have this application installed. Thus, you do not have to ask a person every time if he has Viber. And when one of your friends registers with Viber, you receive a push notification.
The quality of communication is up to par. It seems that the interlocutor is standing behind him. This is the same AudioHD that our operators cannot achieve. At the same time, the fact that this service is free is still important. Undoubtedly, an application needs to support its financial existence. That is why you will find a menu such as Sticker Shop, where for a couple of dollars you can choose a unique sticker for sending to friends.
The application is absolutely cross-platform. Even Bada owners will be able to taste the pleasant Viber functionality. There are also desktop clients for various platforms that have a simple and informative interface, which will allow you to enjoy communicating with your friends without thinking about platform limitations. The disadvantages include, perhaps, only the lack of server-side storage of the message history (but you can send it to your e-mail), lack of adaptation for iOS 7 and interruptions in communication during VoIP calls. But who will take this seriously as cons?
Undoubtedly, WhatsApp is one of the recognized leaders in free messaging worldwide. The same simple registration as in Viber, chat support and constant work in the background with the help of Push technology put this messenger in the top of the best messengers. The only problem is the lack of VoIP telephony. The application is also cross-platform and can automatically pull up contacts from Facebook or from the phone book.
Until recently, WhatsApp was completely free, which allowed users to grow exponentially. But then the developers began to have problems with financing and they announced the transition to the subscription format - a dollar a year. It seems to be not so expensive for a single user, but this caused serious dissonance. Therefore, it was decided to introduce a subscription only for new users, but this idea remained overboard. The application has a huge audience and it is growing every day. Recommended for installation. For those who have the question “Where are the smiles?”: Settings (of your iOS device) - Basic - Keyboard - Keyboards - New keyboards ... - look for “Emoji” and add it. Voila.
A small branch from Facebook that allows you to more or less adequately communicate with the world through the world's most popular social network. Why not the client himself? The answer will be simple and probably very subjective - because the native client was created with one goal - to make communication with the world as complicated as possible through the most popular social network on planet Earth.
Yes, Facebook was once the most popular and convenient way to interact and communicate with friends. But over time, the interface became more complex, the network grew into functions and advertising like a monster, facebook account was introduced and associated with each kettle and vacuum cleaner, and now the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg has a very difficult and not always clear interface. But let's not talk about that. Our task is a messenger. And here, oddly enough, everything is very minimalistic, simple and clear. Emoticons, stickers, photos and a bunch of in-app-purchase at every step. Facebook lovers will love it and is highly recommended for installation. This will save your nerves from the arbitrariness of Push-notifications of the native client. And for others ... in the end, we have VK.com and it is unlikely that Facebook will ever be able to overcome the bar of VKontakte popularity in the CIS countries.
In general, the paranoid moods, which began to walk among the minds more often after the sensational statements of Snowden, influenced the industry in a very understandable and predictable way. All companies at once began to talk about the security of personal information, applications began to appear blocking / protecting / hiding all kinds of access. People began to set them rampant. And this, perhaps, was the reason that Telegram became one of the world leaders in terms of messaging. But now we are talking about another application, which to some extent copies, and to some extent, supplements the functionality of the brainchild of Pavel Durov.
Another crypto-secret analogue of Telegram is the Confide chat application. The motto of the developers: “Our words disappear as soon as they are heard. But what you said online remains here forever. It seems to us that this is not true. ” And in this application, the developers really showed an interesting solution to protect your correspondence not only from intercepts along the byte path, but also to protect against unauthorized screenshots. The essence of protection is that each message is closed from reading until you swipe across the screen. The read message is instantly deleted. All this was safely spied on by Telegram and diluted with a fresh idea with a swipe.
And finally, absorbed by the soulless Microsoft, this video messaging service confidently loses its supporters every year. Of course, the service is cross-platform, and at one time it gained incredible popularity, but if it were not for the ability to make calls to any phone numbers using the skype account, this service would not be in sight. The magnitude of Microsoft’s agony can be determined by recalling a New Year’s campaign when premium accounts were presented to everyone for several years. But let's all the same about the messenger itself.
In the mobile iOS client, when communicating with your friends, you can send them emoticons and ... that's it. Yes, oddly enough, no other functionality is implemented in the application. Undoubtedly, the desktop client wins in this regard due to its function of sending an attached file, but why this “innovation” is not implemented in the mobile version is not known. So why did this application get into our top? Firstly, it is still one of the most popular ways to talk with a person “face to face”, because there was simply no cross-platform service for video calls until recently. And FaceTime is absolutely useless when making calls to Android devices. Thus, Skype has a huge number of users, and if you recall all the brakes of this messenger, then we can say that I was not mistaken with the turnover. It is also worth mentioning that in the 2014 application update, Push notifications became available when the application is offline.
In our opinion, Skype is the worst possible IM client implementation, problems with delivering messages to an offline contact, duplicating the indication of already read messages on other devices, a lot of brakes - all this makes us think about refusing Skype. Skype earned the last place in our top only because a large number of people continue to use it.
On this, the current TOP-best messengers for iOS in mid-2014 comes to an end. But the problem is “Which messenger should I use?” not allowed. After all, each of you has many friends who use what they are used to - WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook, Line, WeChat and other niche solutions. And to transfer everyone to a single system that will be as cross-platform and as saturated as possible is a task that is extremely difficult to implement. But it is entirely possible that soon we will see such a monopolist.