Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are the world-known flagships when it comes to messaging applications with 1.2 and 1.3 billion users correspondingly. What is more, in 2014 Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. Impressive sum, isn’t it?
Moving further, messaging apps have really high user engagement and the figures are growing regularly. According to Birdsbeep, user penetration percentage has grown from 51.7% in 2014 to 64.5% in 2017, and it is predicted to overgo 68% by the end of 2019.
Application’s Main Features
Messaging applications have started a new era of texting
Messengers are one of the most used and personal kinds of mobile apps, and they must meet some standards:
- Easy and familiar UX
- Simple and minimalistic UI
- Mobile number verification
- Social network and cloud services integration
We would also recommend adding customized stickers to your messaging app. Unlike regular Emoji available in all apps, they would make a nice touch contributing to increasing user engagement.
Another extra step is story feature. After Instagram adopted it from Snapchat all kinds of applications seem to do the same, and it would be a nice addition to offer your users one more familiar feature.
How to Create a Messaging App
Messaging apps have rather clear concept so it’s possible to define the necessary features for most of them, while it’s up to you to add anything you think would improve your product.
Here is what we at Thunderrise find to be essential for a great messaging app:
- Phone number authorisation
- Personal profile
- Contacts list implementation
- Group chats
- Push notifications
- Adio and video calling option
A note from Thunderrise:
Developing these features takes about 1000 hours, and a team of iOS developer, Android developer, web developer, and a designer will be able to finish off in about four months.
Of course the final price can not be stated at this point as it would depend on the desired features and your developer’s hourly rate.
If you want to get an estimation and develop your own messaging app, make sure to contact us.
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