Hi Lifehacker, Is there a messaging app which connects all other messaging apps? I know many people using WhatsApp, Viber, Hangouts or just plain SMS. Is there an app in which I can connect them all? Thanks, Messaging Overload
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Unfortunately, you're not going to find a unified messaging app that covers all bases. The developers of these services tend to keep their APIs private, which makes it difficult to integrate with other applications.
One app that gets part of the job done is IM+ Pro. This is a universal messaging app that is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. It supports a pretty extensive range of instant messaging services, including Facebook, Twitter, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ and Jabber. Whatsapp and Viber are not supported however. It also costs a pretty hefty $4.99 on each platform.
Another option worth considering is imo. It boasts an intuitive design, an easy-to-use sign in process, voice IMs, video chat and support for the most popular protocols including AIM/ICQ, Jabber, Facebook, Google Talk, MSN, MySpace, Skype, and Yahoo. You can download the Android or iOS version of imo by clicking here or here, respectively. imo is currently free.
If you're a Windows Phone user, the People Hub is definitely worth delving into. This is an aggregation tool built directly into the phone's OS. It gathers messages from different social networks and combines them into a single communicative thread. (e.g. — If you SMS someone in your address book and they reply via Facebook, the conversation will appear in one place.)
For Android, try incorporating SMS and Google Chat into the Hangouts app. Again, this isn't ideal but at least you'll be cutting down on the amount of apps you need to keep open.
We also like the look of Snowball. This is a new Android app that is currently in Beta. It comes with support for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, SMS, Hangouts, Twitter, Line, WeChat, and Slack. Support for Telegram, Viber and Skype is promised in the future. This definitely looks like one to watch.
Does anyone have a better suggestion for all-in-one messaging? Let MO know in the comments section below.
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