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Skype vs. WeChat vs. Skype Qik – You’ve Got Many Options to Choose From
For quite some time now, instant messaging and VoiP have taken over the world of communications. People nowadays want to be able to call and message their friends free of charge.
However, the world evolves and there are more and more options to message your friends. All of the mentioned applications are used for instant messaging and VoiP, with Qik offering something different – video messages. Which one of the three offers the best service? Let’s examine.
Price, Expansion and Availability
All three applications are free of charge for download. Once you download, their services are also free. With more than 300 million downloads and 5 million active daily users, Skype is one of the most popular instant messaging applications. It is a cross platform application and is available for the iOS, BlackBerry Android, Windows Phone and desktop users.
Skype Qik works only on the Android, Windows Phone and iOS devices at the moment. The downside of the Skype Qik is that it is a separate application, and in order to communicate with someone, he/she also must have Skype Qik. It would be better if the Qik was integrated into Skype, or the contacts could be synced, but that is not the case.
WeChat is the Chinese answer to Skype and other instant messaging applications. China being the largest market in the world, WeChat has more than 440 million users, 70 million of which come from outside China. The massiveness of WeChat is attributed to the availability of the application.
It is available for Mac, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, devices with Symbian Keyboard, Symbian Touch, Nokia S40, BlackBerry. Practically, there is no handset out there that doesn’t support WeChat.
In order to understand the features of all three applications, we are going to mention them one by one.
Let’s start with Skype, which is the single most popular instant messaging app out there. With Skype you can chat, audio and video call friends, family or colleagues from anywhere in the world, free of charge. All you need is an internet connection, be it Wi-Fi or 3G/4G. With Skype, you can also connect with several friends at once, creating a group chat.
WeChat is also an instant messaging application. Besides the standard features such as send messages, chat, video and audio calls, the app comes with some nifty features. One of those is the Shaking feature. When you shake the phone, you can connect to any other person anywhere in the world, provided he shakes the phone at the same time.
This way, users meet new people, and with more than 400 million users, it is a guarantee that two people “shake” at the same time. You can use the feature to socialize, or find businesses that are similar to yours. Users can also create a personal photo stream with their best moments, compete in various games and find friends using radar.
WeChat supports 20 different languages and users can translate their message from within the application. Groups of up to 100 people can connect to a single chat window.
Skype Qik is the newest application that tries to capture the instant messaging market. The difference is that the application doesn’t offer video, audio calls or instant messages. On the contrary, messages in Skype Qik are sent as quick video files, or vimes of up to 42 seconds. After two weeks, the video disappears from the chat.
Skype Qik also offers group chat, where you can share your video with several people at the same time. The downside of the application is that it requires your mobile phone number to connect. You do not sign up with your Skype ID, making the application useless until more people jump on to the bandwagon. At the moment, there is no clear number how many users Skype Qik has.
Ideally, we can say you can benefit from having all three applications. However, choosing one of them is up to the preferences. While Skype is the popular choice, WeChat opens up potentially new contacts and people from anywhere in the world. And Skype Qik is a cool, potentially addictive application for young people.