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Whatsapp and Sasai: What’s The Difference?

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Whatsapp and Sasai: What’s The Difference?

On the surface, Cassava’s messaging App Sasai seems similar to its Western counterparts like WhatsApp and Viber.

The evolution of mobile technology has significantly revolutionized the way we connect and interact with other people across the world.

Like WhatsApp, Sasai allows you to send text messages to people over an internet connection, share photos, videos and other files and all the other wonderful things that smartphone messaging Apps let you do.

Everyone has their own personal preference. But there’s having your own personal preference, then there’s just being smart.

In a nutshell:

Sasai is like Africa’s equivalent of WhatsApp, Telegram, or Wechat. (Wechat is an App used to chat with friends and family. But, in reality, it is so much more, making it China’s number one app.)

Sasai and WhatsApp both positioned themselves initially as instant messaging Apps. While WhatsApp is still an instant messaging App, Sasai is more like an ‘ecosystem’ that helps people navigate their everyday lives.

These two apps have developed in such different settings and environments that it’s hard to find many similarities between them anymore.

However, the main feature you will use it for is probably to chat with friends. You add friends by scanning their QR codes or inputting their Sasai ID.

Or, alternatively, you let others scan you from your QR code.

In this article, we focus on comparing WhatsApp and Sasai.

Sasai and WhatsApp Overview

Both Sasai and WhatsApp offer real-time mobile chatting platforms for millions of users without any SMS charges. The two messaging apps are similar in many ways, but also significantly different. Most of this we have talked about above.

While WhatsApp limits its focus on providing a platform for communication and file sharing, SaSai offers a collection of many things in one package. It provides an all-in-one platform for communication, social media, mobile wallet and bill payments.

We have prepared a table below to summarize the differences between Sasai and WhatsApp.

Feature Sasai WhatsApp
Free App Yes Yes
Ad free (No ads) Yes Yes
Available  Globally Globally
Launched on To be officially launched soon 24-Feb-09
Parent Company Cassava Fintech International Facebook
Platforms Android, iOS Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Symbian and macOS / Windows desktop app works with mobile app.
Login SIM and Account SIM
Language No in-built language support. You need to change the phone’s language setting. No in-built language support. You need to change the phone’s language setting.
App notifications Yes Yes
Customization Yes Yes
Chat Video, audio and message chat Video, audio and message chat
Require friend approval Yes, you can turn off this in privacy settings No
Group chat Yes, limited to 250 members Yes, limited to 256 members
Chat backup No Yes
Manage app storage data Yes Yes 
Two-step verification Yes Yes
View read receipt Yes Yes
Recall message Yes Yes
Block contacts Yes Yes
Location sharing Yes Yes
QR scanner Yes No
Mini programs Ride sharing, Payments and vendor integration. No
Payment platform Yes, supports money transfer, WhatsApp Pay available for limited Indian users

WhatsApp is still the most popular messaging app, providing users with a modest and efficient chatting platform.

However, though most people prefer WhatsApp for its chatting function, Sasai offers full range eco-systems with several features that would make life more interesting for anyone, and it should be well worth a good try for you.

Pardon has been a technology enthusiast his entire life and has spent the better part of last decades in information technology and security, and he writes with an aim to remove some of the "mysticism" from the cyber world. He’s the Editor at Techunzipped. Away from the keyboard, you're likely to find him playing with the latest gadgets or the latest Game.

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