WhatsApp sold to Facebook? Where to now?

Topic - Android

Many years ago I used to use ICQ to chat with friends online. This was the time way before Android was on the scene. While writing this article I was actually suprised to see that ICQ is still around and even has an Android app, so maybe I will give it a try again…one day.

But the main reason for this post is that when it was announced in the media that Facebook purchased WhatsApp for the insane price of $19 billion AND stocks, I thought it might be time to start looking at other options…

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The reason why I felt this way was that for a while now I have not been using Facebook. Privacy is a concern on it (yes I know you can put the settings real high – but this may not be enough), employment agencies use it to profile candidates (even though the ethics and outcomes of this practice is questionable), it is becoming plastered with adverts and if you not careful about what you say on it you can either be sued or fired from your job. So frankly I have not bothered about it any more.

Now with Facebook buying Whatsapp, what is stopping Mr Zuckerberg from upping the price, loading it full of adverts, spying on the chats and frankly destroying an app that is working just fine – well actually nothing…

So the search started. I stumbled across and application called Telegram – https://telegram.org/.

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It looks VERY similar to WhatsApp, also uses your cellphone to setup, however it also boasts the following features:

  • Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct.
  • Telegram lets you access your messages from multiple devices.
  • Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.
  • Telegram keeps your messages safe from hacker attacks.  (seems there is a reward if someone can hack it)
  • Telegram has no limits on the size of your media and chats

The fact that it can be accessed from multiple devices is a plus for me. Often I see something while browsing on my Note 8.0 Tablet that I would like to share with someone, and then I can’t WhatsApp it as it is not my primary phone (so it is not “linked” to my profile).  The only downside current is that it does not support PTT (Push To Talk)

After installing it on my HTC Desire I installed and set it up on the Note 8.0. Immediately I got a message saying that another device was trying to access my Telegram and if it not from my doing I need to terminate all the sessions. Impressive.

Seems also that the word is starting to spread as 2 of my other colleagues are already using it. 🙂

Check it out for yourself:  GooglePlayStoreLogo-GRY

MadMike posted at 2014-3-2 Category: Android

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