WeChat the new messenger app has features that outdoes most of the well-known messenger apps across all systems. We have a look at (probably) 10 of its best features and how it could possibly kill Whatsapp’s future…
Group Messaging on Whatsapp is restricted to just 30 members. On WeChat however, you have the option of adding up to 40 members.
Unlike Whatsapp, WeChat supports Video Call function over WiFi or 3G networks. You can now see each other while talking!
Hold to Talk
Say goodbye to the regular hassle of typing and getting words wrong on your phone keypad. Using WeChat, you can just press the “Hold to Talk” button, record your message and it is sent. Don’t confuse it with Voice Search. Your message actually goes as a voice recording and not as text after voice search.
We all love emoticons! They’re the perfect way to express your mood. While Whatsapp Emoticons are much loved, WeChat goes a step further. You can take any image of your choice, convert, save and send it as an emoticon! We think that’s totally awesome!
Social Network Integration
WeChat, unlike Whatsapp is not just another instant-messaging app. The app supports social network integration and you can link WeChat to your Facebook profiles too.
One reason we love Whatsapp is because it allows us to share images and video files so easily! But WeChat takes it 2 steps further. Using their special feature called ‘Moments’ you can share pictures not just with friends, but with the world! It’s pretty much like using the Public feature on your Facebook profile.
WeChat is not restricted to your network of friends but also helps you in expansding the network. Using the Look Around feature, you can look at the active WeChat users in a particular area and connect with them.
This is one feature we absolutely, simply love! The Drift Bottle feature. You can throw bottles into the sea with voice or test message (once the drift bottle feature is activated) and someone from anywhere in the world will pick it! You can pick others bottles too! How amazing is that!
Another fun feature is the Shake Feature. Users can just activate the feature and proceed to shake their phone. As they do that, if there’s anyone else anywhere in the world shaking their phones at that instant, their names will pop up on your list! Connect and start chatting!
This we think is the coolest feature ever! In office and can’t keep juggling between your PC and your phone? Don’t bother. Get WeChat on your PC! Simply log into the profile through your PC and continue your conversations. While a back-up is the conversation is created on your phone, all records are deleted from your system.
It’s Free! Forever? Maybe…
While Whatsapp charges users a nominal usage fee after a year of usage (it does get often extended to beyond a year), WeChat promises to stay free… but for how long?