Sunday, June 26, 2011

Top cross-platform messaging apps

Posted by Ray Nicolini


If you’re craving to have a list of the best messaging app for most of the mobile platforms that there are, here’s your chance. Here we will list down the top cross-platform messaging apps that could be used on your smartphone. The apps that we’re going to feature here are working on iOS, Android, Blackberry OSand some would work on a Symbian-powered phone. But first let’s see what are the criteria for judging which apps should go in our list

Cross-platform
This might be the most important criteria. Versatility of the app would be the first thing a smartphone owner should think about when choosing a messaging app. And when you get these kinds of apps, you should make sure that it would work on some of the main platforms that you’d like it to work with, or at least on the platforms that your friends are using. So, if you’re a BB user and your friends own an iPhone, you’d probably get an app that works both on an iPhone and Blackberry.
Group Chat
This feature have been an important one to these apps, and it’s because they think that one-by-one chatting is just so yesterday. This would not just make your texting fun, but this will also make everything that you do, so much easier.
Things you can share
Some apps could let you not just text, but share files to the people your texting with. And when you get these kinds of apps, it would be a lot better if it can let you share photos, videos and music files.
So, are you ready to see them all?
PingChat
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This instant messaging app has been called “The BBM for iPhones”, though it’s not really exclusive for iPhone users, they still called their app like that anyway. This app has been popular among iPhone users around the globe and is becoming  more and more famous on Android and even on Blackberries, other platforms that this app supports.
One good thing about this app is that you can also send videos, pictures, voice notes and locations with the use of your data plan or even via Wifi. The ability to work over Wifi is one thing that makes PingChat amazing.
Features:
- Works over Wifi
- Push Notifications
- Group Chat
- Media Support
- Works on iOSAndroid and Blackberry OS
Download link for:
iPhone
Android
Blackberry
Kik Messenger
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An awesome app indeed. Kik is one good cross-platform messenger out there and supports iPhone and Android-powered devices. Though not the best, this one is worth a shot. Kik is one of the messengers that can work over Wifi, this is great for those people who don’t have an unlimited data plan and still wants to text with their friends badly.
With over 3 million active users, this app could give you more friends that you’ve expected. And this app can also send photos and support group chat. Another amazing feature of this app is real-time texting, you send messages and receive ‘em real-time!
Features:
- Works on Android and iOS- Group Chat
- 3 million users
- Photo sending
- Works over Wifi
- iPod 
support
Download link for:
iPhone
Android
LiveProfile
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LiveProfile is quite a looker, that’s without a doubt. It’s blazing fast and is forever free. And another good thing about this is that it works on major platforms, iOS, Android and Blackberry OS. And if you want to have an app that is battery-friendly, this one is definitely for you.
It also has integration with your social networking sites, that’s why updating your status and tweeting is so much easier and faster. Photo and video sharing is also supported that’s why this app is really something that you should not forget to install on your next visit to the App World, App Store or App Market.
Features:
- Stunning UI
Fast and energy-saving
- Media Sharing
- Push Notifications
- Works on iOSAndroid and Blackberry OS
Download link for:
iPhone
Android
Blackberry
WhatsApp Messenger
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Is this yet another best for last article? We think it is. This amazing app is getting more and more popular each day and is quite on top of the list of most installed app on some of the operating systems that it supports.
A great thing about this app is that it doesn’t just support, iPhones, Androids and Blackberries, but it supports Nokia’s Symbian-powered smartphones. It’s just the thing that everyone would want to have, it works on Wifi and data plan, it’s a good-looking app, cost-free, fast and reliable, supports almost all media files, group chat and other great stuff. This app can also let you chat with people right on your phonebook, offline messages and push notifications are also there to ensure you that you don’t miss a beat. Simply the best.
Features:
- Works over Wifi- Awesome UI
Offline messages and Push Notifications
- Media sharing supports
- Works on iOSAndroidBlackberry OS and Symbian
- Group Chat
There you go. Feel free to comment below if you think that there are other apps that should be on the list.
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