The smartphone changed a lot of things about the gadget market. It has created an entire industry dedicated to churning out better and better apps for the latest smartphones. One of the most easily identifiable ways, the smartphone has revolutionized the mobile industry is the way we message. Gone are the days when we would type in a text message and send it. Nowadays we do the same thing in an entirely different way. Instead of letting our messages take a toll on our calling balance we let it utilize the internet. Instead of selecting recipients from our phone book, we select them from a plethora of chatting portals like Facebook and Google Talk.
There are a lot of apps in the market that are designed to take messaging to a whole new level.
Available for: iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone and Symbian
Whatsapp is one of the most popular messenger apps available if not the most popular. Apart from sending simple text messages to anybody who has a Whatsapp-installed smartphone, you do a variety of other things. You can send multimedia items like pictures, audio files, video files and all of them for no extra cost apart from the normal data tariff.
Available for: Blackberry OS
The titular messenger app from the stables of RIM for their Blackberry devices, Blackberry Messenger was one of the main reasons for the popularity of Blackberry devices and still is. In fact, Blackberry was one of the first phones to feature an app just for messaging. People no longer had to pay extra money for sending messages. The only charge this app took was the data charges for the internet usage. Nowadays, you can share your images, videos and even the view from your camera with it. You can also hold audio as well as video calls through this nifty app.
Windows Live Messenger
Available for: Windows Phone, iOS, Symbian and Blackberry OS
MSN Messenger was an application for desktops and one of the first instant messaging portals of the computing world. It was later renamed to Windows Live Messenger and has now branched out in to the mobile phone market. This messenger app has plenty of features in it like the ability to share files, folder, video and audio chatting, integration with MSN and Facebook etc. and yes, it can also sent text messages.
Available for: Android, iOS, Blackberry OS and Symbian
Google Talk is the messenger app from the computing giant, Google. Originally designed as an instant messenger for computers, it has evolved to become a good app for smartphones. It can handle text messages as well as voice calls and video chatting. The major plus point of this messenger is that it automatically syncs its contact list with your Google I.D. which means that all your contacts are in harmony throughout all the Google services that you use like Gmail and Google+.
Available for: iOS and Android
Viber is relatively new to the messaging scene compared to the other ones on this list. It has however a few good things working in its favor. You can send the usual text message or IM and you can also make audio calls which tend to be smooth and without any hiccups. It also has the option of sending e-mails. Usually, Android mobiles in India use this App to get in touch with friends and family that stays overseas, to save on calling costs.
There are a multitude of messenger apps out there to make messaging a better experience. Using messenger apps are also cheaper as you can send hundreds of messages without letting your messaging habit affect you phone balance. Of course, there is a catch and that is, your intended recipient must have the same messenger apps installed in the phone.