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Note that Facebook has confirmed plans to link Whats App with its other messaging products like Facebook Messenger, with those interoperability features starting to pop up this year.
You can learn about most of the apps features from our How to Use Whats App guide, but don't forget about this tutorial for How to Update Whats App to keep it up to date with new features and safeguards against attacks.
A Secure Chat mode provides end-to-end encryption so that only you and your intended recipient can read it. You can share videos, documents and participate in group chats of up to 200 users.
MORE: What Is Telegram and How to Use It Open Whisper Systems' Signal (Android, i OS) is another fantastic messaging solution for security-conscious mobile users.
A mobile messaging app for the post-Snowden age, Telegram (Android, i OS) is aimed squarely at the security conscious user.
Telegram features fast, encrypted chat messaging, with client-server encryption for standard chats.
Users can engage in group or 1-on-1 chats (along with read receipts), and edit, retract, or delete messages, or set them to self-destruct.
Recent additions include a group chat feature where only admins can send messages.It may be time to say goodbye to the consumer version of Black Berry Messenger, but Black Berry's messaging platform is not quite dead yet.A secured version of the messaging app, BBM Enterprise (Android, i OS), is also available, with less social frills and a higher focus on security and collaboration features.At its annual developer conference in April, Facebook said it's working on an update to Messenger called Lightspeed that will make the app faster while also taking up less storage space on your mobile device.Other features coming to the app will let you watch videos with other people from within Messenger.