WhatsApp deviated from their no-advt policy just at the start of this month. That triggered everyone to start searching for alternatives to WhatsApp’s addiction!
Here is what I could find (and wanted to try) since then:
1/ Amity : They claim themselves to be the Interactive Messaging app, and they hail from Australia. Seems very exciting!
Here is an introductory video too:
2/Allo : This is the recently launched chatbot from Google! I think this will win the race hands-down! Their AI is very slick and you maybe even (if I say so) more human than Siri! (what am I saying?)
Although there are other non-Zuckerberg players like: Telegram,Viber,Hike,WeChat,Skype But now the segmentation has started to take its evil form in! With WhatsApp you never needed to think if the other person might or might not have the software!Kudoz to them for launching the app for Symbian S60 platform!! But ever since FB took over, just as with the deviation from no-advt policy, who knows what level of invasion might creep in! :-/ Hence my motivation to stay away from any Zuck platform!
Coming to my current phone: Jolla: Sadly only whatsapp (dislike now) and telegram seem to work via ported android apps on Sailfish OS. I wanted to try out amity app and allo on Jolla but there’s a bit of an exercise involved over there to get things working!
Further, here @RL, we had thought of creating a messaging app ourselves couple of years ago! We thought of calling it ‘Z.(shout out to deamypixel@RL) It was build around the premise of adding a ‘Z to every greeting.
say: good morning, ‘Z says: good morningz
say hi, ‘Z says: hiz!
say bye, ‘Z says: byez!
Maybe when the right opportunity comes we will give a shot at churning this one out! Any collaborators?
Until then the search for the the whatsapp alternative is still on!