The rise of technology has been steady for the past years, and so has the continuous improvement it has brought to the community. Performing tasks that were complicated before can now be done with a few clicks and taps on our gadgets. Perhaps the most common activity that has been simplified by tech is communication.
What are the technologies that have direly improved the way we talk with the people that matter to us? We give you a list of some of the most popular communication apps out there and the new ones that seek to join the trend.
Screenshot from the Facebook Messenger website
Neglecting this app in any list of popular messaging apps would be the technology equivalent of blasphemy, particularly in the Philippine landscape. A product of Facebook, Messenger is what first comes to mind when Filipinos think of messaging apps. It was once an integration of the Facebook app acting as its messaging feature in 2008 but then shifted into being standalone in 2011. Its features continue to grow over the years, now offering services like group chat, voice and video calls, games and messaging to businesses, among others. It also offers a Lite version that consumes less data and phone storage.
Image source: WhatsApp
This messaging app currently holds the most number of active users worldwide, amounting to 1.2 billion as of December 2016 across 107 countries like all of South America. WhatsApp was founded by former Yahoo! employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum in 2009, gradually gaining users by the year before it was acquired by Facebook in 2014. It now boasts of features like end-to-end encryption, document sharing and a desktop version.
Screenshot from the WeChat website
Dubbed as China’s “App for Everything“, WeChat is packed with numerous features used by the country for almost any activity, such as transferring money, booking tickets and even hailing cars. Its messaging feature also enables users to conduct voice and video calls, send stickers in messages, and share life updates publicly. It was released by the company Tencent in 2011.
Screenshot from the Telegram website
Telegram prides itself for being non-profit, charging its users with no fees at all for the usage of its services. Founded by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov in 2013, the app allows users to send files up to 1.5 GB, delete messages on both ends within 48 hours, install their own sticker sets and the like. Telegram also offers its client-side code as an open-source software and provides APIs to independent developers.
Screenshot from the Slack website
Founded by Stewart Butterfield in 2013, Slack is a messaging app centered in team collaboration and services, which makes it one of the favored communication platforms for businesses. It offers features such as message channels to organize conversation topics within the team, archiving of all information, and usage of third-party plugins to improve workflow.
Screenshot from the Discord website
Discord is a messaging platform designed for online gamers. It was released in 2015 as a response to gamers finding it difficult to communicate with one another during games while using software that compromise security and use up too much resources. It was developed by Hammer and Chisel, and boasts of features such as all-encompassing free communication, low latency, push notifications and a lot more.
2. Mood Messenger
Screenshot from the Mood Messenger website
Developed by Calea and released in 2015, Mood Messenger is a promising messaging app that contains features such as personalization of message threads, hiding message threads from the conversation list, and animated contents.
3. Google Allo
Screenshot from the Google All website
Launched in 2016, Google Allo is one of the company’s bunch of messaging services, which uses a noticeable amount of machine learning in its features. For one, it can suggest replies the user can use for read messages, suggest emojis and stickers to add to messages depending on their mood, and have the Google Assistant integrated within the app.
Screenshot from the Islands website
Islands aims to create waves in group messaging — it enables users to communicate with people within a five-mile radius. Officially released this year by entrepreneur Greg Isenberg, the app is targeted at college students and is currently available in seven universities in the US, offering features such as group messaging, photo sharing and anonymous chat.
Screenshot from the Gomigu website
Last but definitely not the least, Gomigu is the up-and-coming messaging platform proudly made by developers here in the Philippines. Launched just this year, Gomigu currently comes with features such as private messaging, group messaging, file sharing and more. It aims to solve the inefficiencies it found in some of the known messaging apps today through the exciting services it will offer in the future. It is available on Android Play Store and Apple App Store.
No doubt in here — technology will not cease to rise in the coming years as more and more innovations rise up to the challenge. With this, it is with hope that we look forward to more ways to communicate with one another and to more lives that will be changed. We can’t wait!