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Telegram Messenger LLP
Looks like the leading alternative at this point. Has optional end-to-end encryption and vows to stay free forever.
Emoticons! Stickers! That's the heart and soul of LINE really. Very popular in Asian markets, this is a high-quality app, and quite kawaii too if we may say so ourselves.
Claims 100 million users. It's basically a very close clone of WhatsApp - nothing incredibly innovative about this one, but it's been around for a while and seems to work.
Viber Media S.à r.l.
This one has voice call support, too -- so you can text and call (VoIP). Also has "Viber Out" similar to SkypeOut for calling regular phones.
A fierce competitor for LINE. Has lots of... you guessed it, stickers and emoticons. Also has a "voice filter" feature for masking your voice, which is just a tad on the creepy side.
When the first selling point for an app is that it's Holo, we likei it from the start. And Hike does look right at home on a modern Android device. Has SSL encryption, which is fine, but not that impressive.
Think WhatsApp, but with video and voice calls added to the mix. Also has mini-games you can play with your friends.
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