As we all agree, the launch of Whatsapp application was the most epic thing in the world of cell phones. It boomed the Smartphone usage overnight.
Whatsapp is one of those basic applications that made smartphones soo much more indispensable. Now, it’s more like they survive for each other.
The instant transfer application rocked the world all over. We all rushed to download Whatsapp on our Smartphone. We didn’t have to wait long to find our entire contact list on it. It was launched as a free app and later converted to paid. It grew to be one of the 20 most popular apps by 2011. The rush was so much so, that it soon even had even Facebook chasing after it. Facebook finally acquired Whatsapp in the early 2014 for $19 billion.
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The Whatsapp App
Whatsapp is an instant messenger that forms the next generation avatar of SMS, much like what Skype is to international phone calls. It allows users to exchange messages, images, sounds files, videos, etc. across platforms to all Android, Apple iOS, BlackBerry OS, etc. devices via. internet. It even lets the users record conversations or attach Google Map locations and send to an individual one or a group of recipients.
Brian Acton and Jan Koum founded Whatsapp in 2009. Both the founders were ex-Yahoo! employees. Whatsapp formed the record of processing more than 27 billion messages in 2013 and over 500 million users in 2014 transferring millions of messages, images, videos, etc. everyday. Since then on, the numbers are growing everyday second. Facebook bought Whatsapp for $ 19 million in February 2014.
The Snapchat App
If you feel that’s it! it are can’t get any better than Whatsapp this, you are absolutely wrong and should simply dump your Smartphones iProducts. Do a little more app store study, as there is a lot more happening out there. The application markets are now flooded with varied kinds of messengers developed everyday. They offer you some bits and pieces of added advantages that you must check-out.
Proving sufficient competition to Whatsapp, the Snapchat application was developed by a couple of Stanford University students, Robert Murphy and Evan Spiegel in September 2011.
Snapchat is a photo messaging application, using which the users can click pictures, record videos, scribble on the pictures and send to the expected recipients. It’s also a free app, that has made it even more attractive. Once downloaded, like Whatsapp, Snapchat detects it’s users from our your contact list.
The data transferred via. this application will be viewable by the recipient for a maximum duration of 10 seconds, which can be fixed by the sender. Once the recipient views the image, video or message, it automatically gets deleted after the duration is over. Followed by the recipient’s device, the data is removed from the Snapchat server too. However, if not viewed, then the message is stored in the server for a maximum of 30 days.
Note: However, the drawback is, when the recipient takes a screenshot of the message and retains the same.
Now that you know all about both the hot messenger applications, it’s for you to judge the one that fits your requirements better. However, I am still quiet partial to Whatsapp.
But, maybe Snapchat is useful for all the confidential stuffs that you may want to exchange with your pals. Once you see it and Poof! it’s no more!