If you’ve ever wondered why Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp both exist, you’re not alone. Facebook has been pushing chat into Messenger for a while now, and now they want to spread their tendrils as far as possible. Luckily for them, both apps have different strengths. Let’s discuss each one in turn. Which one is better? And which will become the dominant platform? Read on to find out.
Facebook owns 79% of the IM market, and its Messenger application, launched in 2011, shares many of the same features as WhatsApp. Both allow users to send text messages, voice calls, photos, and videos. Facebook also owns both applications. Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and it’s currently the most popular messaging app in the world. Messenger allows users to exchange media, like pictures and videos, without requiring an account. Both are used by millions of people worldwide.
Both Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have huge user bases in India. WhatsApp has more than 200 million active monthly users in India, making it the fourth most popular messaging app in the country. With increasing urbanization and increasing internet usage, the country has a rapidly growing mobile app population. In fact, 96% of smartphone users in India use mobile apps to communicate with friends. WhatsApp is the preferred app for nearly every smartphone user. Its users in India are estimated to be 250 million, but the number is likely to rise.
What is the main difference between Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp? Facebook Messenger does not encrypt messages by default, so anyone who knows what they’re doing can read them. Despite this, Facebook continues to use Messenger, and it’s worth checking out the Secret Conversations feature. These chats can be encrypted or self-destructing. This is the best way to ensure that your privacy is protected, but both platforms have their flaws.