Ever since the explosion of smartphone and subsequent social media sites, there has been a huge variety in choices in the Instant Messaging category. You have apps like Viber, WeChat, Trango, WhatsApp, GTalk, and of course, Facebook.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware of the big story of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for $19 billion. Facebook, with its feet already firm in the social networking scenario, just got a massive boost in user data, thanks to the millions of active users using WhatsApp. In a statement after the acquisition, Facebook clearly stated that it would not try and change any of WhatsApp’s looks and features, and would let it be like it is. Both Facebook and WhatsApp will continue to exist as different and unique portals. According to some stats, Facebook along with its WhatsApp acquisition now controls about 79% of the instant messaging market out there.
Facebook and WhatsApp (Messengers) have a lot in common; and are available on both iOS and Android platforms. With Facebook Messenger, you don’t necessarily need to be using Facebook (the social networking site so to say), and can only be used for solely messaging purposes.