Facebook Messenger vs WhatsApp


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Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication. Available now for Android and iPhone. Secure Facebook Messenger alternatives are Signal and Telegram. If you are looking for Facebook Messenger alternatives for business pay attention to GoToMeeting, Skype for Business.
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WhatsApp
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. Secure WhatsApp alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
Comparing Facebook Messenger vs WhatsApp is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that WhatsApp has better video than Facebook Messenger



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like WhatsApp has more user-friendly interface than Facebook Messenger because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that WhatsApp is more popular than Facebook Messenger

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Facebook Messenger adds plugin for business websites (in 2017)
- WhatsApp launches business-accounts (in 2017)
- WhatsApp enabled two-factor authentication for everyone (in 2017)
- Facebook Messenger gets group video calling (in 2016)
- WhatsApp launches video calls (in 2016)
- Facebook Messenger adds end-to-end encryption (in 2016)
- WhatsApp launched desktop version for Mac and Windows (in 2016)
- Facebook Messenger adds group calls (in 2016)
- Facebook Messenger now allows to build chatbots (in 2016)
- WhatsApp now supports full end-to-end encryption (in 2016)

Looks like WhatsApp was recently more active than Facebook Messenger (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp meet head to head:

2015 - WhatsApp web client adds iOS support to defeate Facebook Messenger


WhatsApp has added iOS to the platforms supported by its web app. This means that iPhone users can now sync their accounts and chats to WhatsApp Web. When WhatsApp Web launched in January, it supported Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry but did not include iOS “due to Apple platform limitations,” said the messaging service, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for $19 billion. WhatsApp claimed it hit 800 million monthly active users in April, but it lags behind competitors like WeChat and KakaoTalk in core Asian markets such as China and South Korea. Another rival is Line, which is currently the top messaging service in Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand.

2015 - Facebook Messenger gets free video calls to keep up with WhatsApp


Facebook Messenger has launched free VOIP video calling over cellular and wifi connections on iOS and Android in the U.S., Canada, UK, and 15 other countries. Facebook’s goal is to connect people face to face no matter where they are or what mobile connection they have. With Messenger, someone on a new iPhone with strong LTE in San Francisco could video chat with someone on a low-end Android with a few bars of 3G in Nigeria. Facebook first introduced desktop video calling in partnership with Skype in 2011, but eventually built its own video call infrastructure. Bringing it to mobile could Messenger a serious competitor to iOS-only FaceTime, clunky Skype, and less-ubiquitous Google Hangouts.