IMessage alternative for Samsung s4

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Dlcinnc, May 11, 2013.

  1. Dlcinnc macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
    I am going to make the switch from an iPhone 4 to a Samsung galaxy S4 on e Verizon gets them in stock. My husband and two kids all have iPhones and the one thing I think I will miss is iMessage particularly the ability to see when they have read a message and being able to follow messages on my MacBook Air and iPad. Is there a comparable app on android that would accomplish this? Especially the "read" feature on messages.

    Finally, is there anything else app related that I should consider when all my other tech gadgets are Apple?

  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    WhatsApp. Download it on all the other iphones and onto your android phone and you'll be able to still message each other in a similar manner to iMessage including sending photos etc...
  3. gaiao macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2012
    You can also download viber. It doest everything whatsapp does plus allows you to make phone calls...
    and its free.
  4. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    Line or Facebook chat. Line also has a desktop application for Mac and pc
  5. jeffe macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2008
    Google is rumored to announce something next week but why not just use the Google Talk app that is pre-installed on the phone?

    There is a google talk client that runs on top of the google chrome browser, you can google talk in your gmail account and you can google talk on your phone.


    Before getting your phone I'd recommend adding your contacts to your google account and setting up your computer to upload your music to the google play music cloud.

    Then when you get your device, your music and contacts will be available immediately.
  6. Dlcinnc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
    Thanks! These are great suggestions. Now to sit back and wait until the Galaxy S4 is released by Verizon. Keeping my fingers crossed it happens before May 30th.
  7. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Try ChatOn. It's pretty good and cross platform. Samsung really needs to market it like they do for Galaxy devices.
  8. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    WhatsApp, LINE, WeChat, ChatOn.

    All of above are multiplatform.
  9. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    WhatsApp is the most widely adapted and since it uses your phone number and contacts it's closest to the functionality of iMessage.

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