It doesn’t take much for scrutiny to fall onto Android. One of the problems with rocketing to the top is that we always have little features from other groups being seen as a negative. Most of the time it’s a joke. However, for some, features like RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger is a serious thing to lose. There have been a few responses to BBM in Android, but none quite as efficient and functional as the latest update of KIK messenger for Android.
Kik has been around for a little while, but this last update really makes a huge difference. Once an account is setup, the features at your disposal turn your phone into a Smartphone to Smartphone instant messaging powerhouse. Some of the new features include:
- The app is now available worldwide. This is one of the reasons why we had to remove the SMS messaging, we could not offer that feature worldwide, and in order to make the fastest, most reliable app it had to go.
- Usernames have replaced Kik Codes. They were too long and hard to remember anyway.
- Much more user control – over threads, contact list, appearance. Your contact list will be wiped BUT over the next week – as people you had previously chatted with upgrade to the new version, you will receive a message letting you know (“Your friend _____ has now upgraded…). So people will acquire the same contact list as before.
- “…is typing” messages.
- Crazy fast, reliable receipts and overall better user experience.
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For anyone who felt that services like BBM were keeping them from exploring alternatives, KIK delivers in a big way, and it’s cross platform, so anyone can use it. KIK is available in the market now, so go grab it and show your BlackBerry friends they aren’t special!