ICQ vs WhatsApp


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ICQ
ICQ is an instant messaging computer program. ICQ features include sending text messages, offline support, multi-user chats, free daily-limited SMS sending, resumable file transfers, greeting cards, multiplayer games and a searchable user directory. ICQ alternatives for business are: Slack, Hipachat, Microsoft Teams
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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 ICQ 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 ICQ



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like WhatsApp has more user-friendly interface than ICQ 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 ICQ

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

- WhatsApp launches business-accounts (in 2017)
- WhatsApp enabled two-factor authentication for everyone (in 2017)
- WhatsApp launches video calls (in 2016)
- WhatsApp launched desktop version for Mac and Windows (in 2016)
- WhatsApp now supports full end-to-end encryption (in 2016)
- WhatsApp will go free and add features for business (in 2016)
- WhatsApp web client adds iOS support (in 2015)
- WhatsApp launches web browser version (in 2015)

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

2016 - WhatsApp launches video calls. ICQ is in panic



Facebook-owned chat service WhatsApp is launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an overlaid interstitial asking if you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with. To kick off the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this screen. With video calling, WhatsApp is belatedly catching up with a number of rivals, including Facebook’s own Messenger app, for example, as well as Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, LINE and Google’s recently launched Duo, to name a few.