Messaging apps have started giving telecom companies headaches as more people with smartphones and tablets use these free apps to text someone.
These days, it’s easier to spot someone using a free messaging app than someone who has to pay to send text messages. Messaging apps are simpler to use because it’s free, as long as you and the person you want to chat with have an Internet connection. Fortunately, there are several choices for messaging apps, and no matter what you use it for, you will always find an app that suits you. WhatsApp and Google Hangouts are two of the most consistent free messaging apps. Both let you chat with your friends regardless of what device they’re using, but offer different features. If you can’t decide which of the two to download, let’s take a look of the similarities and comparison between the two.
As of the moment, WhatsApp only allows free messaging and voice messaging features. However, with Facebook’s recent acquisition of the app, it was announced that WhatsApp will soon be offering free voice calls by the middle part of the year. So far, even though WhatsApp is not offering competitive features like most messaging apps, it still manages to perform well and be one of the top apps. It’s easy to use and download; it does not require any log-in information except your mobile number. The app will automatically list the people on your contact list who have the app installed in their device. It also allows you to share photos and videos to your friends, and you can change your status depending on your availability to talk. The only downside is that it’s not entirely free. It is free to download, but after a year of free use, a $0.99 amount is required per year to continue the subscription.
Google Hangouts is Google’s new cross-platform messaging app that replaced Google Talk, but with additional features that the former lacked. Also free to download (and stays free all throughout), the app has a clean and simple design that’s easy to navigate. Video calling is available and the quality is good; not the best, but it’s better than some apps with only a few lags. You can also easily toggle between text and video while you’re on a video call. Another feature is the notification snooze where you can set the notification off for a period of time. This is great when you’re in a meeting and you don’t want to be bothered by your phone’s incessant notifications. A disadvantage of Google Hangout is that it requires you to have a Google + account before you can use the app. The contact list is also not automatically updated and you have to start a new Hangout or invite a new contact to see them.
Google Hangout is a great choice if you have a Google + account or if you have used Google Talk on Android, but if you want an app with easy set-up and that doesn’t require you to make a social media account, WhatsApp is your better option. It may have a fee after one year of subscription, but the $0.99 amount is worth it, especially now that it’s set to include free voice calls as their new feature.