The app called “Blend” combines functionality with flash and simplicity. The app allows you to set up one or more groups of friends, family or anyone else. Blend users can take part in video chats, send pictures or chat privately with individuals in their group or groups. The app is free for iOS and Android.
“Tango” works on smartphones and tablets, specializing in video calling for group messaging. You can also send and receive texts, photos and audio through Tango for free. Tango even allows you to make free voice and video calls from about anywhere in the world. Tango is free for iOS and Android with paid premium services available.
And, of course, there’s “GroupMe,” considered by many to be the top group messaging app. GroupMe allows you to set up multiple texting groups, say, family, friends or co-workers. In addition to text messaging, you can share photos, videos, or your location. If you don’t want to be bothered by anyone, GroupMe has a setting to block messages from coming through. GroupMe is available for iOS, Android, and Windows with paid premium options also available.