Hike messaging app in January this year claimed to have achieved the 100 million users in India. The app is available on Android, iOS, BB OS and Windows phones. It trumps over WhatsApp because of its Offline chat facility, better sticker collection, hidden chat feature, and free messaging to non-Hike members.
Not everyone must have heard about the KakaoTalk instant messaging app. Like Hike, this is also available on Android, iOS, BB OS and Windows phones and includes more features than WhatsApp. KakaoTalk not only has audio calling feature but also feature video chats as well.
In addition, the instant messaging app also has animated emoticons as well. Unlike WhatsApp it doesn’t need your mobile number but works on KaTalk ID.
Although both Messenger and WhatsApp now fall under the same Facebook family, Messenger over the years has made several strides in the instant messaging market. The app features a sea of stickers, has a couple of simple yet addictive games, and some small customisation options as well. It is available on all the major platforms.
Line is another app that you can use as a WhatsApp alternative. It also includes some features that are missing on WhatsApp. Some of the features WhatsApp users are yet to experience are timeline like Facebook to deliver news, coupons, video snapping, and support for file sharing of up to 1GB size. WhatsApp limits file sizes to 16MB.
Telegram too comes with a number of features that are missing in WhatsApp. The instant messaging app includes option to self-destruct a message in seconds and can also let users share file sizes of up to 1.5GB.
Telegram additionally has super groups that can feature up to 1,000 users along with Telegram Bots, gif support and more. It is free and available on all major app stores.
BBM too has some features that we would want in WhatsApp. The BlackBerry's instant messenger gives more power to group admins, lets users change chat statuses, supports video chatting and has self-destructing message timer. The app is available on phones running Android, iOS and BlackBerry OSes.