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We already know there are a huge number of messaging and calling apps to choose from but there’s going to be one more added to the mix, and it’s coming from Google as a direct competitor to WhatsApp.

It’s true that Google already has Hangouts but where Hangout focuses on calling, the new app will apprently focus on messaging, and will be focuses on and tested in India, though Google has not confirmed or denied the report.

Different messaging apps are popular in different parts of the world. WhatsApp holds the crown overall, but WeChat isn’t far behind. In emerging markets such as India and China, these apps, along with LINE and KakaoTalk, hold a very strong position, while also being widely used in parts of Europe. In the U.S., aside from WhatsApp, Kik and Snapchat are mong the more formidable competitors.

Google is going to have to struggle a bit to get its own app in on the action in emerging markets

Needless to say, Google is going to have to struggle a bit to get its own app in on the action in these markets. Unlike Facebook, which bought WhatsApp in order to stay relevant in the emerging mobile world, Google looks like it’s going it alone with a brand new app rather than an acquisition. Viber was also acquired earlier this year by Japan’s Rakuten.

Google has offered messaging apps before, such as Google Talk, but they weren’t nearly as large as WhatsApp as far as user base goes. In the long run, it will be interesting to see just how well Google can compete.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at