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Contents

 

Introduction

 

In this article we summarize the consideration of 15 messengers for the operating system Android, which was devoted to a series of relevant articles.
 

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After a brief review of each application for text messaging as well as voice and video calls, our editorial staff will select a few favorites. In particular, we will announce the winners in the following categories:
 

  • The best app for text messaging;
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  • The best application for voice and video calls;
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  • The best universal app;
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  • The best popular application for text messages;
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  • The best popular application for voice and video calls;
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  • The best popular universal app;
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  • Unusual applications that deserve attention.

Do not forget that a certain role to play, and my opinion, and I, like any man, I could be wrong. This will be taken into consideration is the functionality of a standalone application, rather than its position in the world tops, though it provided for his nomination. Thus it will be possible to express an objective opinion about the messengers for Android.
 

Let’s start with the summary findings of each test. And beforehand programs into categories according to their functionality, to avoid confusion.
 

Applications for text messages, voice and video

 

In this section the universal solutions – programs that allow both to communicate by sending SMS and internal messages and make voice and video calls. The latter operates not only in service, but also outside of it, it is possible to make calls to mobiles and landlines.
 

Looking ahead, we note that the main advantage of such an application – is favorable rates, good quality and modest consumption of system resources.
 

Skype

 

Introduction
 

The program Skype special needs no introduction. Its capabilities are known to all, not so long ago, it has become part of software Microsoft. In this light, the more interesting to see what has changed and what is not, and to assess the advantages and disadvantages in comparison with the less well-known competitors.
 

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Score in Google Play (free / paid version)
4.1

 
Application Compatibility with other versions of OS Android
Depends on the device *

 
Size
Depends on the device *

 
Application Version
Depends on the device *

 
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* In this case, install the version 5.5.0.11658 of 126 MB.

Interface
Good minimalism

 
The ability to self-configure
Minimum of PC-version

 
The maximum load on the system (CPU / RAM)
0-0.7% / 78 -90 MB

 
Functionality
The required minimum

 
Availability Emoji, emoticons, gif-animation
Animated emoticons

 
Transfer files and multimedia
Yes | files, videos, photos

 
SMS-messages
No support

 
The social component (integration with social networks, group chats)
Group chat

 
Cross-platform
Excellent

 
Stability
Average (system load)

Evaluation
 

Skype, as a messenger, suitable only for short and “dry” business correspondence. All those who are used to communicate in “grand style” will not find anything interesting here. Upset and consumption of system resources, which began to grow exponentially, without any serious reason.
 

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Still, Skype was created more for the business environment than for regular users. By the way, there are corporate decisions. This chat is most advantageous for internal communication (both voice and video). As for calls to landline and mobile phones in Russia, it is more profitable to call abroad than in native land. The latter wins the stationary communication, which is near the corporate environment than the average user.
 

For the rest everything is fine: the consumption of resources has increased slightly, the quality of communication, both internal and external – is excellent, but with the MBs charging will have to tie and go to the full NL, as well the program consumes. Not the most ideal solution for mobile devices.
 

Quality intercom
Excellent

 
The quality of the internal video
Excellent

 
The quality of calls to landline and mobile phones
Excellent / Excellent

 
Consumption of traffic (video / voice call general)
14 MB in 20 seconds

 
The load on system
0% / 110 MB

 
Minimum rates in Russia (landline / mobile + fixed)
1.7 / 7.4 cents

 
The stability of the connection (open, hovering and so on)
When you call on a landline phone was observed mute companion

Viber

Introduction
 

If the line Skype – it’s video calls, the Viber – Voice calls. Moreover, the functionality of the program is constantly growing – there were even games, which means the application of well-known marks in the analogues Mail.ru Agent. It remains only a full social network to create.
 

So, Viber- «dialer” overgrown stickers, emoticons and the ability to share photos. Therefore, it is possible to ask how a normal Internet messenger or a client for social networks.
 

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Score in Google Play (free / paid version)
4.3

 
Application Compatibility with other versions of OS Android
2.3 or higher

 
Size
37 MB

 
Application Version
5.4.1.365

 
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from 30.00 rubles. 1 689.02 rubles. per unit

* In the case of Android 4.4.2 version 1.5.2.1 installed capacity of 16.15 MB.

Interface
Excellent (dvuhokonny)

 
The ability to self-configure
Good

 
The maximum load on the system (CPU / RAM)
0-0.2% / 60 -96 MB

 
Functionality
Excellent

 
Availability Emoji, emoticons, gif-animation
Stickers, doodles, animation

 
Transfer files and multimedia
Just multimedia

 
SMS-messages
No

 
The social component (integration with social networks, group chats)
Yes (Facebook)

 
Cross-platform
Yes / fine

 
Stability
Good

Evaluation
 

Viber can be called a full-fledged messenger, as it has everything for correspondence between users. Some doodles, games and decorations are worth. It is worth noting a group chat, the background for each user and the ability to invite a companion as you like.
 

It is obvious to us is happening slowly but surely transform “dialer” in the social network. Some people like it, some do not, but that is what it is.
 

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And here is the perfect solution for calls to mobiles and landlines messenger can not be named, because the quality of communication” not very “, prices bite, and bezlimita and did not.
 

At the same time in the service is OK, except for the load on the system. Available videoconference, but it will destroy the battery very quickly. But with all the traffic it is normal – less than half have Skype, what pleases me: in this situation may be allowed to communicate personally with smartphone smartphone.
 

Quality intercom
Good

 
The quality of the internal video
Good

 
The quality of calls to landline and mobile phones
Good / Average

 
Consumption of traffic (video / voice call general)
5 MB per 20 seconds

 
The load on system
2.1% / 107 MB

 
Minimum rates in Russia (landline / mobile + fixed)
4.9 / 9.5 cents

 
The stability of the connection (open, hovering and so on)
Interference during the call to the mobile / sound problems with the video call

Hangouts

Introduction
 

Hangouts everyone knows. This messenger is impossible not to know, because it comes along with Android. At the same time, we offer not only text messages but also SMS, and MMS, and voice and video calls.
 

So why do we still install Skype, if such an application is always a wonderful backyard? Is a purely intuitive level? Maybe it is not necessary to invent a bicycle and it’s time to stop for Hangouts?
 

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Score in Google Play (free / paid version)
3.9

 
Application Compatibility with other versions of OS Android
Depends on the device *

 
Size
Depends on the device *

 
Application Version
Depends on the device *

 
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* In this case, install the version 4.0.100406486 total volume of 44.15 MB.

Interface
Good (Android)

 
The ability to self-configure
At least

 
The maximum load on the system (CPU / RAM)
0-1% / 26 -90 MB

 
Functionality
The complete set of

 
Availability Emoji, emoticons, gif-animation
The complete set of

 
Transfer files and multimedia
The complete set of

 
SMS-messages
Yes

 
The social component (integration with social networks, group chats)
Gruppchaty

 
Cross-platform
Full

 
Stability
Excellent

Evaluation
 

Hangouts worthy of being among the pre-installed applications Android. It has everything to communicate, and even a little more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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