Modelled after the BlackBerry Messenger, the kik messenger has been one of the most popular applications of recent times.
Started by a group of students in the university of Waterloo, who formed a company called Kik Interactive, kik messenger is the first application that they developed.
Over a period of time kik became very famous and was one of the most used apps in the US teens.
The line ‘what’s your kik’ became quite famous. This app came out in the October of 2010 and reached 1 million users in just 15 days!
This app was highly promoted on Twitter and many users downloaded it. There were over 120 million users in the May of 2014, and the figure is expected to be much larger by now.
Kik uses the smartphones data plan/WiFi to send and receive messages. Kik also allows users to share photos, sketches, mobile webpages, and other content. Kik Messenger requires users to register a username.
This app was however under quite some controversy and was subjected to a lawsuit by BlackBerry, however the case was dropped and a settlement was ultimately made.
With its latest update, the Kik messenger for the iPhone users is now compatible for the iOS 8.0, making it compatible to be used in the iPhone 8.1.2 as well.
This update has also brought along with it a large number of themed smileys. The official update for the iOS 8 compatible version of Kik messenger comes with the following description:
What’s New In This Version:
• Have more fun with themed smileys!
• Updated for iOS8 compatibility
• Bug fixes and stability improvements
This update was bound to happen and was pretty predictable. The android version has also got a change in its UI.
In other news from Kik, they have managed to raise $40 million and have acquired Relay, a messaging service which utilizes GIFs.
With this acquisition we suspect that major changes are coming to the app as GIFs are pretty popular when it comes to sending messages and expressing emotions. “We’re nailing content, but we really haven’t touched chat in four years,” Mr. Livingston said. “This is bringing multimedia into the core experience.”
Relay has been two years old and will be shutting down its services from the 15th of December. Kik has done this as another youth centric move. 40% of their users come from the age bracket of 13-28 years and they are the biggest audience.
They are also the people who are attracted to GIFs. With moves such as these the app has managed to create a wave of sensation, keep following us at TheREM for more news on Kik Messenger.