The Instant Messaging (IM) market is ever changing, with new advances in technology and new consumer demands prompting the fast-paced release of new products. Any informed consumer needs to do their best to make sure that their IM choice matches their needs, which means doing their homework to keep up with the latest trends.
Keeping pace with all of the changes in the IM field can be a challenge, which is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most exciting recent app releases. All of the apps below are either new to the market, or with new versions recently released. Some are from well known companies with an established record, like Google, some are from brand new startups, and some are from companies that may have slipped under your radar.
All of these IM apps offer slightly different products geared towards consumers with different needs, so there’s a good chance that you’ll find something just right for your personal or business messaging. We hope that this information will help you make an informed choice as to your next IM app!
We’ll start the list with the latest IM app offering from Google. With an initial launch in September 2016, and further launches of the web version in 2017, Google Allo was initially advertised by Google as an app with a wide range of security features. Allo also takes full advantage of Google’s outstanding tech for features such as ‘Smart Reply’ which suggests responses based on machine learning. Given that many of us already rely on Google for email and other services, this app could be a nice way to integrate your messaging into the Google suite.
We continue the list with an IM app that may have slipped under your radar. Brosix IM has been on the market since 2006, mainly focused on enterprise IM solutions. In recent months, however, they have advanced their mobile app portfolio with the releases of Brosix 4.0 for iOS and Android. The focus of Brosix IM is on secure team messaging and collaboration, with end to end encryption and privately administered networks, making their app a good choice for businesses and organizations.
The next entry to the list is an open source IM client that allows users to bring other communication channels into the app using the recently developed Matrix Protocol. With Riot.im, users can bridge their other communication networks to the app, allowing them to more seamlessly communicate through numerous accounts from one place. Since its launch in 2016 Riot.im has been gaining popularity among open source software fans, so if you’re looking for an innovative and open IM app, this could be a good bet.
Up next is an IM app that was launched in its current form in 2015, although it was a merger of two older apps. Since the beginning, Signal has had a strong focus on security. Signal uses some of the strongest encryption protocols available to provide automatic end-to-end encryption, and comes with other innovative security features such as messages that automatically delete after a specified amount of time. All of these features make it an increasingly popular IM option for those looking for highly secured communication.
The next IM app on our list is a new offering from an experienced operator in the IM field, one of Skype’s co-founders, Janus Friis. Since its launch in 2014, Wire has been consistently adding features to its iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, macOS and web browser apps, including group calling, file sharing and video calling. Since 2016 Wire has also had end to end encryption, making it another decent option for the more security minded consumers. All of these new features add up to what Wire calls a highly secure collaborative platform, making it a good choice if you’re looking for more than just basic messaging features.
New advances in technology will certainly continue to bring even more innovative additions to the IM market such as Omegle. Whether you’re looking for an IM app with the highest security standards, looking to try out a new app from a recently discovered company, or looking for a good app to boost your team collaboration, there’s an option for you.
This list is a long way from being comprehensive, so if you don’t see anything you like, keep researching! We hope that for most of you though you’ve discovered your next IM app, or at least one that you’ll give a try. And when you do, please share your impressions with us in the comments!