Mobile Messaging Feature-by-Feature: WhatsApp vs. Line vs. Viber vs. Telegram, and more

By Jos ยท 22 replies
Feb 25, 2014
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  1. What about WeChat, KakaoTalk and ChatON?
  2. atherosXD

    atherosXD TS Rookie

    BBM and Facebook Messenger will be coming to windows phone too this year. April maybe?
  3. Telegram seems to be perfect for me but there are some little things that does concern me.
  4. Such as? Would be nice if you can elaborate.
  5. Telegram is the best! its the next gen whatsapp killer that does more straight out of the box... like sending 1080p video's up to 1gb and send any file type you want.
  6. fuzi7

    fuzi7 TS Rookie

    Exactly. WeChat has more users than any of the ones reported. It is also more feature rich.
  7. Hangouts should be much better than it is. If it was implemented the same way Apple do iMessage I wouldn't bother with WhatsApp. Sadly in it's current form it's just easier to use WhatsApp. Personally, I blame Google+ as they use this for authentication rather than the users phone number.
  8. Demios

    Demios TS Rookie

    On the Hangouts front. It does allow voice calls and location sharing, pretty easily too. As for stickers those sound like alternative emoji I cannot argue that since I've never looked into it. Additionally I get that we are talking mobile apps and not other features it sounds odd to list other variants and not note that it supports broadcasts and screen sharing via the webclient or chrome app.
  9. What about Skype?
  10. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 158   +32

    In the USA I would say most people use Facebook APP , Facebook Messenger, or good old SMS. Sure there are plenty of others buy almost everyone is on Facebook and everyone has SMS so that's very hard to match. Kids seem to use snapchat the most. Personally I think its stupid and annoying to use but I'm sure that's why they like
  11. Great article. I have Telegram installed and I didn't know it had a read receipt.
  12. I'd use hangouts if it was removed from Google+. Of course, Google wants to force its failed social network on everything which is why I have been leaving their products as they are increasingly impossible to use by themselves. The other day Gmail wanted me to create a Drive account just to view a PDF...
  13. Hangouts is very decent and has a Hangouts for SMS feature which delivers messages free via SMS if you have no WiFi/cellular data connectivity. Also the article doesn't seem to cover group video calling which is free on Hangouts.
  14. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    In Telegram, the first check mark means delivered and the second means read. This differs from WhatsApp's use of the double check marks: first means sent, second means delivered, and they don't have a read receipt.
  15. Sorry, got some problem with sending comment.

    I'm worried about 3rd party unofficial clients and possibility of leaking data trough these, the possible lifetime of whole service - what if someday they'll decide to turn it off? People will find another alternatives or return to other services but still, I'd like to use messenger that will be here for a longer while... Also, since it's russian product - how much secure it is from any FSB data requests?
  16. I started using Line (to the bequest of my Japanese friends) about a month ago. The reason most of my friends used Line is because (as they say), it's not as heavy... and it's consistently compared to how bloated Skype has become in terms of resource requirements.

    Which brings me to my question... How much system resources do all these Apps take? I can tell you right now that I'm running at 110K for Skype on my desktop, while Line is sitting at a comfortable 14.5K (also on my desktop). I'm curious what the stats are on iOS and Android devices (in terms of how much processing power they consume).
  17. willwhitworth

    willwhitworth TS Rookie

    This chart is all kinds of wrong. It doesn't seem like the author did enough research before creating it. For example, you cannot share videos through Hangouts and it does allow location sharing. Facebook Messenger does have a read receipt. Please fix your chart.
  18. Thanks god im still not lazy and can type the phone number or write an sms to my friends / family with a mobile phone with a normal keyboard
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  19. If you install a second client for Telegram (for instance on your desktop) that client will download your entire past conversation history. So they are definitely storing that. If they say they only keep your phone book, they are lying.
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  20. Tango should have been on the list.
  21. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,869   +1,288

    What, no ICQ? :)
  22. Your mobile site is a complete nightmare. There is no way to read the entire chart. You should be ashamed.
  23. What about blackbird messaging?:cool:
  24. dkbroadband

    dkbroadband TS Rookie Posts: 25

    I would say that the most popular in the US is still the SMS system followed by Facebook messanger. However when it comes to Global messaging free of cost, it seems that Viber would be the best choice, although you can't block users...

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