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What is the Samsung alternative to iMessage?

What is the Samsung alternative to iMessage?

| On 04, Dec 2014

This week we’re looking at Samsung alternatives to two of Apple’s most popular messaging/communication apps. In this article we’ll be asking what is the Samsung alternative to iMessage?

iMessage is a hugely popular app, giving iPhone users the ability to instant message for free (and without using up your text allowance) wherever there is good 3/4G or a Wi-Fi connection available. It’s true that the app has some great features, including the ability to group message, see when your message has been viewed (and when someone is typing back), and quickly send videos and pictures. There’s also the option to use the app across apple devices. Yet iMessage is far from perfect. Some users find it unreliable (with messages disappearing, only to reappear in flood). Apple have even found themselves with a lawsuit on their hands over their refusal to diversify across android devices, with users claiming that it ‘traps’ them in Apple products. So what is the Samsung alternative to iMessage?

There really is no need to be trapped in the world of Apple because you can’t face losing iMessage, and dedicated Android users needn’t miss out on the benefits of instant messaging. There are loads of great alternatives to iMessage for Samsung, including dedicated apps like WhatsApp and Viber, offerings from technological giants Google and Facebook, and Samsung’s very own software: ChatOn.

What is the Samsung Alternative to iMessage?

As a piece of Samsung software, ChatOn is a sensible place to start as an alternative to iMessage for Samsung devices. We’ve written about how much we like ChatON before. It has all the main features of iMessage, but is arguably a more creative alternative. With the ability to connect all your devices to the app, group message, and send pictures and video, you don’t lose anything moving from iMessage to ChatON (not even those cheeky emoticons − Samsung have their own versions, called ‘stamps’). In fact, what you gain is the ability to send animations and voice messages, as well as sharing your current location (much like Facebook’s ‘nearby friends’ feature). While the app could do without its controversial ‘buddy interaction’ lists feature, seemingly designed to cause social tension rather than connectivity by ranking your contacts in terms of the amount of interaction you have with them, overall it’s a great option as an alternative to iMessage.

What are the most popular alternatives to iMessage?

The obvious catch with all instant messaging app options is that, to communicate with someone, you both have to have the app installed. This is where platforms such as WhatsApp and Viber can be attractive. WhatsApp is the most widely used of all the instant messaging apps, with more than 450 million users and counting per month, and was bought by Facebook for $19bn in February this year. While there’s nothing flashy about WhatsApp, its popularity (and the fact that it can be used across the board on Android and iPhone devices) means your friends are more likely to already have it installed. Unfortunately, unlike most instant messaging apps, WhatsApp is no longer free, charging a small subscription fee of $1 per year (though they often do special offers − they’re currently offering a free trial for a year). If you can’t bear to pay the $1 a year, Viber also a popular (and good) alternative. Fans of the app have long been using it to make free calls, and it maintains its spot as one of the top alternatives to iMessage with its incredibly quick set up: by automatically importing your contacts, you can get messaging in less than a minute from downloading.

Google and Facebook offer their own alternatives to iMessage

As you might guess, technological giants Google and Facebook are not keen on missing out on the instant messaging marketing, and have their own alternatives to iMessage. While Facebook now owns WhatsApp, their Messenger app is still a simple, clean option. Google Hangouts are great for video chats (especially as a group) and − much like Skype – you also have the option to instant message.

Picking the right Samsung iMessage alternative for you

There is no one standout Samsung alternative to iMessage, but a lot of great options, which is part of the problem when choosing which instant messaging app to pick. If you want an app that makes the most of your Samsung phone’s unique features, then ChatOn is probably the one for you, given that it makes use of devices such as the Galaxy Note’s S Pen. Fans of Google’s other apps such as Google Drive and Google Calendar may well be drawn to Hangouts, just as Facebook fans will probably feel most at home with Facebook Messenger. Ultimately, the most useful app for you will be the one which the greatest number of you contacts have − which could well be Whatsapp.

Whichever you choose, you’ll get more out of it if more of your contacts are on it, so encourage them to download whichever app you go for. Whatever you do, if you’ve been using iMessage on any of your devices, don’t forget to let your contacts know you’re moving to a different app and ensure you turn it off, as they won’t be notified that you’ve left, and you might even experience problems receiving texts from other Apple phones.

  • Smile it is almost Friday!

    You are kidding right? iMessage is almost like some kind of “prank” played on its customers. It is only popular because it defaults to on, and most people are unaware that they are using it.

    iMessage is a blunder at best. Why copy it?

    Apple and Samsug will never compete with WhatsApp!

    • greyravenwolfe

      Are you insane? I’ve had both androids and iphone’s and they both have great uses, and they both have terrible uses. The one place where Apple hands down beats android is in the default messaging system built into the phone. Sure, Android has a ton of free apps and crap you can download and do cool stuff with, but iMessage is hands down better than anything that I have EVER used that came standard with an Android phone.

      That being said, iMessage does have some issues. The one I run into most is that sometimes it just flat refuses to talk to others that are using the program. My brother has an iPhone and my phone will not send a message to him if his iMessage and mine are both turned on. He got tired of that and turned iMessage off, and hasn’t had any issues since. The one advantage I’ve always loved is the ability to know when someone has or hasn’t read a message. This helps out a LOT when you send a teenager a message and they try to say “oh sorry, I just saw that message like a minute ago” and you can say “bullshit, you read it four hours ago and knew you had to be home. You’re grounded.” :D

      • Smile it is almost Friday!

        Before I start, let me say, I am a Linux Professional. I have been working with UNIX/Linux for over 20 years. I am a software developer. I write software that runs on ATM machines. I was born in California, and now I live in Singapore. Technology is “in my blood”.

        A phone is just a tool. I never give it much thought. I just make calls, check my bank account, etc. The features do not interest me. My wife is more aware of the features of her phone than I am.

        Enough about that…

        Apple is a cult. You are ether :”in” or “out”. I guess I am just plain “out”.

        On my iPad, I never bothered to click the green icon. I never even gave it a second thought. I bought my iPhone 5 about a year later. I am colorblind. I cannot tell green from blue unless I know to look for the difference. I never knew I was using iMessage. About six months later I read about the iMessage problems and turned it off. All that time I thought my message failures were the fault of my carrier. If iMessage completely blindsided a technology professional, like myself, what chance does “john consumer” have?

        If you like iMessage, well you are welcome to it. If you like Apple, you are welcome to it.

        I bought a macbook air (8GB/256GB) last February. OS-X is absolutely terrible. Updates get stuck. The WiFi is terrible, and gets messed up if Bluetooth i is used at the same time. A lot of useless features are enabled by default. I wasted a $1200 on a computer I seldom use.

        • greyravenwolfe

          Hey Smile,

          First I want to say when I said “are you insane” that I didn’t mean it to be as an insult or anything so forgive me if it came across like that.

          That being said, I’m cool with all your Linux stuff, and that’s great and all. I like Linux. I also like Unix. I happen to also like both Microsoft and Apple. And up until about a year before Steve Jobs died I would say I liked Apple products (as far as desktops were concerned) more than I liked anything put out by Microsoft.

          I, like yourself, happen to be a tech guy, but on a different spectrum. I left the computer based side of things and went into VOIP (and I have hated myself for it ever since.)

          The only thing I don’t agree with you on in entire premise is the “in” or “out” bit of Apple products. Don’t get me wrong, if we were to do a pie chart I’m sure 90% of people that love Apple products probably don’t have the slightest idea of how to use half the shit in them and they got it solely for aesthetic looks and popularity. I won’t even begin to argue that because I see it daily.

          Like you, I too am colorblind, but I am traditional green / brown colorblind, and it actually comes and goes with me. Sometimes I see it all just fine, and other days I couldn’t tell you what I am looking at, so I feel ya on that side of things. iMessage is by no means perfect. However, as a default in a device I really like it. I like that it encompasses wifi when it can and thus sends messages where it doesn’t charge for carrier text rates (even though most carriers have unlimited texting as a standard). The reason I like it is because there are times when I am in an area where I don’t get cell signal but I can still get wifi from the satellite system (my aunt uses satellite internet) and so I can still send texts as long as I’m tethered to her wifi.

          I won’t say that Android doesn’t have anything better than that, because that would be a lie. But STOCK wise, they have nothing that compares to it. When iMessage is working, it is a beauty to behold. But when it messes up (and it does, at times) it is an absolute train wreck. Apple as a whole, here of late, have been an absolute train wreck.

          When my macbook quit on me a few months ago (and I had it less than 2 1/2 years) I said that was it. I will never buy another macbook. Never. I loved it, and since I do music and art and such, it really worked for me because I used it for what it was designed for. But the motherboard quit on me and that just irks me because it was right after the warranty died and of course Apple won’t do shit about it.

          So I get what you are saying. I just know from using Android and iPhone’s that I prefer iMessage when it is working. I like being able to see when a message is read, etc, without having to download an external program and then talk all my friends into downloading it as well. That, and I hate how my Android would always have tons of shit running in the background even after I turned it off. Drains batteries like crazy!

          • Smile it is almost Friday!

            No worries.

            I did not know I was colorblind until the iMessage fiasco happened. I can pass a colorblindness test. I can see color perfectly on real objects, my Dell monitor, my macbook, the viewer on my Cannon EOS, TV, etc. I never had a problem with seeing color on a CRT. But for reasons unclear to me, I get colors confused 2D objects drawn on some small LCD devices. Blue and green look alike. Brown and red look alike. One in 12 men have that issue if they have Bavarian ancestry.

            Every-time I mention that iMessage makes me crazy, I get called a Luddite. That is why I pointed out that I work in technology.

            Those of us who work in technology all day do not care to deal with phone problems!

            I use my iPad as a book. As are rule I use it for nothing but reading.

            I use my iPhone (6+ now) for email, calls, WhatsApp, Viber, and banking.

            I totally follow you that 90% of Apple people are into them for the vanity. My wife loves vanity. For me vanity is stamps in my passport. Sure I have a Rolex, and Oakleys, but that is about it.

            I am so not into vanity that I even consider children to be expensive vanity. I rather spend money on travel. Not many men feel that way, so my wife is lucky!