Kik Messenger is an instant messaging application for mobile devices. The app is available on most iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbian operating systems for free. Kik Messenger is similar to BlackBerry’s Messenger, and iPhone’s iMessage. Kik uses a smartphone’s data plan or Wi-Fi to transmit and receive messages, a feature that appeals to individuals looking to avoid text messaging rates set by phone service providers. Kik offers fast text messaging service and also allows users to share photos, sketches, voice messages, and other content. Kik Messenger uses a username instead of a phone number, allowing for more privacy than other forms of text messaging. Kik is well received amongst users and has an average rating of 4.4 (out of 5) on the Google Play application store.
Founded in 2009, Kik Interactive is the work of a group of students from the University of Waterloo who wished to create new technologies to be used on mobile smartphones, which they believe are the future of computing and communication. Kik Messenger is the first app developed by Kik. A beta version of Kik Messenger came out in April 2010.Kik Messenger was released on October 19, 2010 by Kik Interactive. It took only 15 days for Kik Messenger to reach one million user registrations, with Twitter being credited as a catalyst for the new application’s popularity.
On November 24, 2010, Research In Motion removed Kik Messenger from BlackBerry App World and limited the functionality of the software for its users.
On March 7, 2011, Kik announced $8 million in Series A funding by three venture capital firms – RRE Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures. It also announced thatFred Wilson of USV and Adam Ludwin of RRE Ventures would join the company’s board of directors. Early 2012 saw a great increase in the number of Kik users, with 450,000 people downloading the app in a single day. Another landmark was reached in April 2012 with Kik users reaching the 10 million mark. Kik Messenger became the top-downloaded free social app in iTunes in the United States in July 2012. As of November 29, 2012, there were a total of 30 million unique users registered.
In version 6.0 of the application, cards were added to extend the functionality with HTML5 applications. Currently available cards include YouTube, Sketch, Reddit pictures, and Image Search.
- Free messaging across different operating systems
- Individual or group chat
- Picture mail
- Allows users to see if a message is sent, delivered, or read
- No messaging fees
- Offline messages
- Push notifications
- Customizable notification options
- Sketch Content Message
- Youtube Content Messages
- Image Search Content Messages
- External API
- Group conversations with friends