Suddenly, the world is at a point where remote working dictates the best communication features, ranging from security to ease of use and high levels of privacy. But as the big tech oligopolies failed to protect citizens and corporations in many of these critical areas, one Israeli startup moved in to launch an innovative challenger to the status quo.
Even though face-to-face communication has always been essential to mankind, mobile apps through digital technology now also allow communication without the need for direct interaction. The last few weeks of imposed lockdowns where people have been forced to work from home and keep social distances even from their loved ones have been challenging, but mobile apps have saved the day.
Voice, video, and text messaging apps are increasingly in demand and have a large market share out of the 6 million mobile apps available. Let’s evaluate 12 of the most popular apps that people prefer to use.
1. Snatch App
SnatchBot is already a world leader of AI and intelligent chatbots offering customer support, data collection and scalable sales solutions to many companies. Their recent exciting launch and introduction of their new innovative product Snatch App showed how their team is determined to continue providing products that meet the demands of their discerning users and offer them secure messaging, whether this may be for personal or business use.
Besides offering a secure way to send and receive end-to-end encrypted messages, the app allows users to send voice messages, photos, documents, videos, and emojis. Snatch App also includes calls and video calls and all these services are provided for free. If the application is used for business, chatbot technology can also be incorporated, helping to provide an all-round service.
Snatch App is set to stand out among its major competitors especially Viber, Skype, and What’sApp because it doesn’t use its users’ data to send them intrusive ads or personalized marketing.
The points that make the app unique are its forward and backward secrecy, shredding, disappearing messages, message revocation, money transfers between users and payments. It also offers a chatbot directory and can act as a channel for its chatbots with AI embedded and predictive capabilities. The messaging app allows customer exchanges to be switched to human agents so that businesses offering services and goods can instantly respond to resolve customers’ issues, respond to their queries and offer solutions for their needs.
Other competing apps on the market don’t offer the ability for money transfers between users, a feature that is appealing to B2B users, consultants and freelancers who don’t always receive the quality of service they expect from other online payment methods.
Message encryption is ensured through a combination of 256-bit-symmetric AES encryption and conversations are secured with a 2048-bit RSA encryption.
Like SnatchBot, Snatch App is a global service and supports 53 languages. It is available for use on all devices, including Windows Desktop and Android.
Try it for yourself:
Snatch App Web: https://web.Snatch App.me
IOS version: https://apps.apple.com/app/snatch-app/id1225178149
Android Version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Snatch App
Another popular video and messaging app with a worldwide appeal, Viber also offers free messages and calls between its users on any device. Their service is continuously upgraded with new features. Some of their latest include sync options, chats, call transfers, stickers, and chats with holders of public accounts.
What’sApp is a messaging app that is also free and offers end-to-end encryption for protection for its users against security issues. iOS users who have updated their app can have their messages read to them by Siri. What’sApp promises that users cannot lose valuable personal information if they backup their old messages, something which many users have found is not always possible.
4. We Chat
China has a popular messenger solution of its own called WeChat. In certain regions, its users can make cheap audio calls to landlines and mobile phones. Global video calls are free and the app can support groups of up to 500 users on a call. The ability for its users to make payments through WeChat is a popular feature, with users often finding they need not use any other payment methods.
Compatible with all common systems, Line allows free video calls among its app users and these are easy to place. Users just need to tap on the Camera icon on the home screen. Outside the platform, audio conversations are not free.
Kakaotalk is very popular in South Korea and its neighboring countries. In the region, users can also buy emoticons and other products for the app from brand shops scattered everywhere. Even though the messaging app offers many of the essential elements of its competitors, communications are monitored by the authorities in South Korea.
Users of Telegram exceed 100 million people globally and the app offers services that can be used on all devices. All conversations are saved on T-cloud and the app is easy to use, fast and secure. One drawback is that posts cannot be categorized by the platform and users need to use hashtags.
8. Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger has over 2 billion users worldwide and offers free audio and video conversations and chats. Even though its biggest advantage is that it is way ahead of all its competitors as far as numbers go, it often has issues with the video quality.
The first messaging app, Skype has been on the market for 15 years now with over 300 million users. Not always stable with video calls, Skype is still very popular with people who use it for long-distance video conversations and is a popular tool for online teaching.
Compatible with Facebook, Oovoo offers free conversations, video calls, and voice messages. The app allows 12 users to join a group all at a time, and even though it sometimes does have stability problems it mostly manages to maintain a high-quality standard.
EyeSay offers a simple messaging process requiring very basic procedures and users can record and upload content free of charge. Even though it doesn’t differ much from its competitors, EyeSay users can also send messages to friends that have Facebook and Twitter.
A very popular messaging app, especially among younger uses, Snapchat offers its users the ability to send a message that will auto-erase shortly after it is displayed. Over the years they have added features that include adaptive chats and day stories.
This space will keep evolving. The latest features in chat apps mean that users may rethink it’s reliance on apps like Whatsapp, Skype and Facebook messenger as they seek more privacy and awesome features.