Telegram is a competent alternative to WhatsApp, with more than 200 million active users on the app. This is a cloud-based app that works on different platforms. The app is quite similar to WhatsApp in many areas. The app features end-to-end encryption for voice calls and messages, ensuring that no-one can breach your privacy. However, encryption for voice calls is set to default, while for chat, it needs to be manually turned on to prevent storage. The app supports multimedia file sharing and uses a double-tick system to show that the receiver has received the text or voice messages. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram also offers a feature that allows users to opt for automatic delete messages after a certain time.
- User-friendly experience
- Open-source software
- Cloud-based enabling users to acquire data anytime
- Non-user friendly user interface
- Encryption needs to be manually turned on for messages.
- Encryption is criticized by users for the company-created encryption system.
Ranking on Google Play Store: 4.5
The wire is a messaging app protected by European data retention laws. This app is also secure with end-to-end encryption. The app offers free accounts to regular users. However, for business accounts with additional features and support, users are required to pay according to the plans.
With Wire, users can connect with a clear voice and video communications. Compared to WhatsApp, Wire offers some extra features, including one-to-one group screen sharing, audio filtering, and the ability to log-in from one account from eight synced devices. Wire allows its users to download the app on all the major platforms.
More this, users can format text with bold and italics and can also create lists within chats. Multimedia sharing is also available for Wire users. Users can also optimize file sizes for easy sharing and set timers to delete messages for additional privacy.
- Rich conversations
- Secure chats
- Ability to use 8 devices simultaneously
- Timed messages
- Paid in-app features
Ranking On Google Play Store: 4.4
- Free app
- Faster and reliable
- Feature-rich app
- End-to-end encryption
- Sound quality
- Miss notifications sometimes
Ranking On Google Play Store: 4.5
The short description of this app on Google play says, “Unblocked Video Call and Voice Call.” This clearly hints that the app was created to provide an alternative to WhatsApp in countries where WhatsApp voice and video calls are blocked. BOTim offers free voice and video calls over mobile data or Wi-Fi connection to all your friends and family members. Users can share media, voice messages, and more with other users. Also, chats and calls are encrypted.
- Encrypted chats and calls
- Photos, videos, voice messages sharing
- Group chat feature
- Built-in emoji collection
- Interruption in voice during video calls
- The app needs some bug fixes for a smooth user experience.
Ranking On Google Play Store: 4.4/5