In Jan 2020 I shared a post about Most popular global mobile messenger apps (Part 1), after its success I am sharing its part 2.
|Most popular global mobile messenger apps|
Telegram is a non-profit cloud-based instant messaging service. Telegram client apps are available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows NT, macOS and Linux. Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type. Telegram was founded by the Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov Its client-side code is open-source software but the source code for recent versions is not always immediately published, whereas its server-side code is closed-source and proprietary. The service also provides APIs to independent developers.
Skype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones. Skype additionally provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit both text and video messages, and may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. Skype allows video conference calls. Skype implements a freemium business model. Much of the service is free, but Skype Credit or a subscription is required to call a landline or a mobile phone number. At the end of 2010, there were over 660 million worldwide users, with over 300 million estimated active each month as of August 2015.
Hike Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones that use the internet for communication. In addition to text messaging, users can send each other graphical stickers,emoticons, images, videos, audios, files, voice messages, contacts and user location. Hike was launched on 12 December 2012 and On 16 August 2016 Hike raised $175 million in a new round of funding led by Tencent & Foxconn. After raising this round Hike Messenger reached the valuation of $1.4 Billion.Hike's founder is Kavin Bharti Mittal.
4). Line Messenger
Line is a freeware app for instant communications on electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and personal computers. Line users exchange texts, images, video and audio, and conduct free VoIP conversations and video conferences. The service is operated by Line Corporation, a Japanese subsidiary of the South Korean internet search giant Naver Corporation. Line launched in Japan in 2011, reaching 100 million users within eighteen months and 200 million users only six months later.
Anonymity is both the blessing and bane of Kik (Android, iOS), a mobile messaging app that easily allows you to create a username and profile with minimal info. Kik users can then network with each other by searching for usernames, or through QR-like Kik Codes. From there, users can send messages, photos, GIFs and games, either one-on-one or in groups. The app has come under fire for its combination of popularity with younger users and its extreme anonymity, given occasions where online predators have used the platform to find victims. Kik has responded with more user controls that include the ability to block messages from those outside your network.
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