WHATSAPP VS SNAPCHAT:WHICH IS THE ULTIMATE

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During the early days passing information used to be by mouth which was later improved by using the radio then later the telephone.But with the birth of the internet things became easy and it led to the development of messaging app. These apps allow users to not only chat with one another but share documents, videos, photos, GIFs, audio files and location.

There are different types of messaging app but our center of attention will be between “WHATSAPP and SNAPCHAT”.

BASIC DEFINITIONS:

WHATSAPP: WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging application that allows iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia smartphone users to exchange text, image, video and audio messages for free.

SNAPCHAT: Snapchat is both a messaging platform and a social network. It can’t be used from the regular and exists only as a mobile app you can download to your iPhone or Android smartphone.

HISTORY BACK-GROUND

Facebook recently purchased WhatsApp. They also tried to purchase Snapchat, but was unsuccessful to Yahoo. They paid $19 billion dollars for the famous app, but was it money well spent? Since Facebook is now the proud owner of WhatsApp, what will become of Snapchat? Which one is better, and which one has the better user experience?

Many people think that they are the same thing and may overlook one or the other. However, while they’re messaging apps, they are diverse.If you take a look at Snapchat it is dominated by teens and young adults. WhatsApp has a broad array of users. WhatsApp is owned and operated by Facebook, Snapchat is owned by Yahoo. WhatsApp has been around since 2009,while Snapchat came to life around 2011 and was built by a group of Stanford Students who needed an app to work in their busy lives. Snapchat is free, while WhatsApp is free for a year, and then it costs $.99 per year after that.

FUNCTIONALITY/COMPARISON

WhatsApp uses the cellular phone and doesn’t require any username and password. It syncs the contacts so that users don’t need to manual add them. WIFI is a must or this application won’t work. It can only be used on cell phones but no tablet or computer.

One thing that WhatsApp wins on is the fact that they have no advertisements, no game requests and no gimmicks. That alone is worth a dollar per year. Snapchat isn’t limited to just cellphones, it can be used on iOS and Android devices alike. They also use promotional from advertisers to help support the app’s cost.

In the area of contact sharing WhatsApp has made it easier for users. Users can share contacts with others easily. Currently, this feature is not available on Snapchat.

Snapchat still has some unique features like Signing in with your Facebook account this is faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time filling in a registration page.

You can create and share fun pictures with your own doodles on snapchat and a media library that contains all uploaded files, making search easier and helping you organize the content.

You can send a text message which will self destruct after a short time, so you can say whatever you like, without it being saved on the person’s phone.

WHO HAS THE LARGER NETWORK

With 30 million active users. Snapchat has a very busy interface with 700 million videos, pictures and texts being sent out each day. Speed is also important. Snapchat sends “snaps” from user to user in anywhere from 1-10 seconds. WhatsApp has 600 million users, and to many transactions a day to even count.

This is due to their expansion and partnership with Chinese messaging “WeChat.” One must keep in mind that because Snapchat only has 30 million users, they can give the speed that some want. The more people on a server, the slower it will be. WhatsApp is not slow by any means, but they are not delivering messaging as quickly as their competitor.

SECURITY

Messages are supposed to be deleted automatically with Snapchat. Recently, the server was hacked and more than 100,000 messages, videos and pictures were stolen. There was a big issue over this and it made many people doubt their security levels. WhatsApp doesn’t use the cloud like so many other messaging applications. However, what they have done is added the services of TextSecure to their app.

This adds an additional security measure to make sure things are safe. Since their inception in 2009, they had a small issue in 2011, but customers prove to be happy and feel confident in security measures.

OTHER AREAS

Whatsapp has a higher rating on Apple’s App Store  and Google play store over Snaphat (rating from all versions), showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.

The question is “why is do people prefer whatsapp over snapchat”?

The answer to the question is very simple, The user interface is very simple, fast and easy to use. You can start using it as soon as the app has been downloaded,it does not require setting anything up or registering. You can communicate with anyone in your contacts list that also uses WhatsApp. Includes useful features like seeing when a contact is currently available or typing.

When comparing Snapchat and WhatsApp, it is clear to see who the winner is. Snapchat has many great offerings but WhatsApp is available to reach to the masses and provide an all-around better product. They have been around a great deal longer, and now that they are owned by Facebook.

SPECIFICATIONS

SNAPCHAT

  • Platforms:Android / iOS
  • Publisher:Snapchat Inc
  • File Size:17M
  • Required Android:Version4.0 and up
  • End-to-end encryption:No
  • Media:images / video
  • Messaging systems:Data
  • VoIP:No
  • Videoconferencing:Yes
  • Audio recording:No
  • Groups:No
  • Locationsharing:No
  • In-App Purchases:None
  • Video recording:Yes
  • Server stored messages:Temporary

WHATSAPP

  • Platforms:Android, iOS, Web, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone
  • Publisher:WhatsApp Inc.
  • File Size:100 MB
  • Required Android Version:2.3.3 or above
  • End-to-end encryption:Yes
  • Media:images, video, audio, documents
  • Messaging systems:Data
  • Videoconferencing:No
  • VoIP:Yes
  • Audio recording:Yes
  • Groups:≤ 256
  • Locationsharing:Yes
  • In-App Purchases:No
  • Video recording:Yes
  • Server stored messages:Transitory
  • Cloud Sync:No
  • Multidevice:Message Mirroring
  • Message Deletion:Auto-erase

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