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Messenger apps – bringing people together
Messenger apps are the most widely used mobile apps, used every day by billions of people all around the world. Globally, Whatsapp is the most-used messenger app, while Facebook Messenger is the top in the USA.
We can trace their roots back to the 1990s, when instant messaging platforms became popular thanks to the rise of the internet. In the early 2000s, these allowed for sharing of photos and making video calls. Modern messenger apps boast features such as increased security, messages that disappear after a set period of time, and integrated games and payments.
Messenger apps require a high level of security, with mainstream apps operating with end-to-end encryption (E2EE) so that messages are secure and can only be read by the sender and receiver. When planning development of a messenger app, it’s important to take into account the infrastructure needed, which needs to scale to support a potentially large user base.
The history of Facebook Messenger
Features common to messenger apps
It’s important to note that messenger apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Signal have all been developed over many years and there have been several iterations of them in that time. To create a brand-new app, you’re looking at around 3-6 months of development time after the initial market research has been done. The app development will cost around R800 000 to R1 million.
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