For a lot of people, the stock text messaging apps that come with their phone might be all they need to get by and communicate with the lot in their address book via text and pictures. The standard call feature might be all they need for talking, and Skype or FaceTime may satisfy their video-call needs. But for millions, and perhaps billions, these applications are not enough, either because of lack of features, weak integration, disagreeable style, or anything else a user can find unsatisfactory.
There are plenty of options out there for people who want to get past the limitations or shortcomings of the stock communication apps. Some simply replicate the features but with a slightly different style or better function. Others wrap different communication methods into one system, making it easy to switch from texting to calling to video chat. Still others attempt to offer a novel form of communication. Here, we’ll take a look at the world’s most popular over-the-top communication apps meant to cover for dull stock apps.