In addition, Line lets users follow their favorite brands, celebrities, and companies with official channels so that you can get the latest buzz about them.
A newly added Keep features makes it easy to store particular images, messages and videos so that you can reshare them with friends.
Snapchat (Android, i OS) may have soared in popularity as a simple self-destructing photo and video sharing and messaging app, but it's also added so much more to its feature set, making it fantastically popular among younger users.
And that's not even mentioning the options for voice, video and file-sharing to other users. Remarkably easy setup, automatic syncing with your phone's contacts and a feature-rich, ad-free experience all combine to make Whats App (Android, i OS) a wildly popular mobile messaging app.
Users can send text, photos, voice and short video messages to their Whats App contacts, and the app has continuously added new features to its toolkit, such as emoji, and most recently, fully encrypted messaging between Whats App users.
An all-in-one mobile messaging app, Google Hangouts (Android, i OS) absorbed the features of the previous Google Messenger, Google Talk and the original Hangouts video calling application.
Hangouts links together users with a Google or Android account, allowing them to send individual or group chat messages, share photos, emoji and animated gifs, and make video calls (both individual and group) to other users, with cross-compatibility between mobile and desktop versions.
In addition, Viber's also introduced encrypted messaging features to the app, with a color-coded icon indicating chat security and encryption.
You will need a SIM card and phone functionality to set up Viber.Smartphone users can also send SMS and MMS messages through the Hangouts app, though that's being deemphasized in favor of Google's stock SMS Messenger app.Not content to rest on its laurels, Google just released another messaging app that adds AI assistant functions to your everyday chat and SMS app.Facebook's own foray into the mobile messaging field is Facebook Messenger (Android, i OS), a dedicated messaging app that builds on Facebook's existing chat network and adds more mobile messaging features.Users sign in via Facebook and can send other users the usual chat messages, as well as voice messages and voice calls to other Messenger users.The traditional SMS text message is quickly becoming passe, particularly in light of the explosion of popular, easy-to-use messaging apps.