For many people, the text messaging applications that come with their phone may be all they need to pass and communicate with the batch in their address book through text and images. The standard call feature can be all you need to talk, and Skype or FaceTime can satisfy your video call needs. But for millions, and perhaps billions, these applications are not enough, either due to lack of features, weak integration, unpleasant style or anything else that a user might find unsatisfactory.

5. Snapchat

It's likely that most of you have already done it, or at least heard it already. Snapchat & nbsp; is available for smartphones with iOS and Android, but has a limited specific version for Android tablets, BlackBerry and Kindle devices, and Windows Phone are not available, although Snapchat is interested in knowing who wants support for what. This application is known for popularizing the ephemeral message , allowing users to send photos, videos and now even text messages that will disappear after a short period of time. Another feature allows users to create a set of images they share with everyone for a longer period of time.

4. KakaoTalk

This Korean chat application takes messaging to the next level compared to the 1.2 billion Snapchat messages per day. KakaoTalk & nbsp; directed 5.2 billion messages per day in 2013, according to KPCB, and has been growing. From 2012 to 2013, their traffic grew by 24 percent. On its Google Play page, it claims to have more than 130 million users.

3. Line

Once again, this is a communication application that offers all the typical accessories of this application. He has his video calls, received voice calls, and has text messages, with more than 10,000 stickers to complete the experience with completely funny characters that show all the emotions imaginable. The application also links games connected to games, often with popular characters, so that users can enjoy more with their contacts. With the "Shake It" feature and QR codes , it's also easy to add friends who are not yet in your contacts. Like some others, it also has a news feed to easily update everyone at once.

2. WeChat

It only makes sense that one of the largest mobile communication applications in the world comes from the largest mobile market in the world: China. WeChat from TenCent had 355 million active monthly users in 2013 according to KPCB. In its first quarter 2014 earnings reports, TenCent reported that WeChat and Weixin - the Chinese version of the application - had 396 million active monthly users, representing an 87% increase year-over-year, demonstrating the growing popularity of the application.

1. WhatsApp

In addition to being the most popular application on this list, it can also be the most notorious. On the one hand, its acquisition by Facebook for $ 16 billion attracted much attention. In addition, WhatsApp has done something that the others did not: they stopped being free. Although it's free during the first year, it goes up to 99 cents per year after that. The application is available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia (S40 and Symbian) smartphones and Windows Phone. Interestingly, WhatsApp suffers the same deficiency as Kik, the lack of voice calls, although it has voice messages. It has gained great popularity as a chat application that functionally replaces SMS, while it can send group messages, images and videos, as well asalso GPS coordinates.