Messaging On Android Is A Mess

iPhone users have it easy. iMessage comes preinstalled, and it achieves more than even the best messaging apps on Android. iMessage is end-to-end encrypted, it supports SMS and it’s packed with features that range from gimmicky (Animoji) to can’t-live-without-it useful (Memoji).

The experience of one iPhone user messaging another is seamless, secure, and convenient. The same can’t be said for Android users.

In the video above, I tested a number of popular messaging apps on Android to try and replicate the iMessage experience. I found many that came close, but not a single one achieves the perfect trifecta of seamless, secure, and convenient.

Because there’s no one standard messaging app on Android, users are forced to use multiple messaging apps and remember which of their contacts use which. If privacy-conscious users want to stop using unencrypted SMS, they have to convince their friends and family to make the switch to more secure apps (and actually commit to using them).

Watch the full video to learn why these are the best messaging apps every Android user needs, despite each of them having pros and cons:

I’d love to hear your experiences with messaging on Android. Let me know in the comments below what messaging apps you use, and why. Have you had success convincing your friends and family to switch to your app of choice?

TL;DR Let’s all just use Signal, cool? Cool.


Comments

    Messenger. At work with some people on android and some on iOS but all have a facebook account, it just made it much easier to use messenger as we can msg or call direct people as well create groups for certain areas. I value messenger more than facebook.

      Most people I know are deleting Facebook, making it a non-option for instant messaging. I've returned to plain old SMS in lieu of any other decent, cross-platform, highly-utilised alternative. I shouldn't have to ask people to join a social media platform to chat with me.

      Personally I found FB messenger obnoxious, with random ads popping up on my iOS and Android devices. plus the amount of data it mines....It doesn't deserve a place on any "top android messaging apps" list. You'd be better off spruiking WeChat.

    Watch the full video to learn why these are the best messaging apps every Android user needs, despite each of them having pros and cons:

    I watched the video... it tells me nothing.

    It seems to me that you are trying to make a problem when there isn't one there. It seems like you are suggesting that iPhone users don't use Messenger.

    You know, once upon a time, we had Hangouts. It could handle messages through the hangouts system itself, or SMS. It could've easily been the Right Thing, but it just never got there, and I'll never know why.

    I'm still hanging on to Hangouts. It should have been THE messaging platform. Make it encrypted, could handle sms, hangout messages, video. And I can use it on my desktop.

    Like 99% of people I just use the stock app and it does everything I need, which is sending and receiving messages about what's for dinner? What do you want? Don't know? What do you want? Dunno? Takeaway? Yeah ok? What should we order? Dunno, what do you want? DAMMIT WOMAN WHAT DO YOU WANT? DON"T SHOUT AT ME! etc etc

    Because there’s no one standard messaging app on Android, users are forced to use multiple messaging apps and remember which of their contacts use which. Forced? Only if you're the kind of person who apparently spends far too much of their day sending messages to people.

    I think you'll find iOS users are "forced" into using messaging apps other than iMessage just as much. Especially if they want to talk to the other 60% of people they know...

    Words if written in English automatically change to the right spelling if you misspelled it. However, if I am writing in my dialect, it also automatically change which makes your sentences NOT understandable anymore

    The problem with Apple Messenger is that it's locked to crApple devices.

    My friends are on a complete mixed bag of devices.

    My Aussie friends are a mix of Samsung Galaxy plus iPhone.

    UK friends are mostly a mix of Android devices.

    US friends are on various iPhone, Samsung and LG devices.

    Hong Kong friends nearly all on Samsung.

    iMessage is the least used between us.

    International, I use WhatsApp (and popular with work connections)... Here in Oz, I use FB Messenger mostly.

    Rare that my friends use iMessage

    iMessage also isn't guaranteed end-to- end encryption because if your iphone decides it can't get a data stream (roaming etc) it gets sent as a message anyway. The down side of Signal is that all messages are "secret" messages and can't be backed up so if you reset your phone you lose your entire messaging history. You don't even mention Telegram which is by far the best messaging app and multi platform (desktop, web, Android and iOS).

    The bias in this article is so obvious that I cannot take it seriously.

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