Kik Messenger Rings in New Year With 3 Millionth User

10-15,000 new users a day join Kik's mobile instant messaging community

WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Kik Messenger, the lightning fast, cross-platform mobile instant messaging service, has Kik'd off 2011 with its three millionth user, Kik Interactive Inc. announced today.

Re-launched on Oct. 21, 2010, the Kik community continues to grow by 10-15,000 users a day. The growth rate, driven by Android and iPhone users, has held steady even though new BlackBerry downloads ended in late November.

"We are excited that so many people all over the world have embraced Kik and are more confident than ever of our future as the mobile community of choice for smartphone users," said Ted Livingston, President and CEO, Kik Interactive, Inc. "We look forward to making the Kik user experience even better with new features and service enhancements."

Over and above user growth, the number of messages sent by active Kik users continues to increase, from less than 10 messages a day in late November to almost 20 now, on average.

New Features - Kik-ing Right Up

Kik will introduce new features including picture messaging (very soon!) and group chat (soon-ish).

Service on iPhones will also be improved with a new version that makes it much faster to retrieve messages when users first open the app. As before, once the app is open, message delivery is real-time.

To the growing number of Windows Phone 7 users, Kik is coming soon! We are now putting the final touches on development, so it won't be long before you can join the Kik community.

Recently we released an update that adds profile pictures and a feature that lets users easily find new Kik friends. The new address book feature not only lets users check for new Kik friends, but also provides much more control over users' contact lists. The "Find more people on Kik" button scans user contacts and lets them choose whether or not to add newly identified Kik friends to their contact list.

We also recently improved Kik's overall stability and reliability.

Further out, we will unveil an incredibly powerful and unique technology that wirelessly connects users' smartphones to any PC or TV. Hang tight for details. And, as promised, Kik's much-anticipated mobile streaming music service is coming up soon.

Get Kik-ing Now
Kik Messenger can be downloaded for free on your mobile device at www.kik.com/m. User set-up is fast and simple.

Kik works with all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch's, and all Android devices - anywhere in the world. All you need is a mobile data plan. Each Kik message uses only a tiny amount of data - less than 1Kb per message.

Kik Messenger provides lightning-fast delivery and receipts that tell users when messages are sent, delivered and read, and when friends are typing a reply. Every message appears in real-time, making Kik feel almost like a real conversation.

About Kik
Kik (www.kik.com) is all about sharing and connecting. Kik Messenger is the foundation for the unfolding Kik community, which will also include music, pictures and video. Originally called Unsynced, Kik was started in January 2009 by a team of students at the University of Waterloo. The company's founders are veterans of mobile and software technologies, and mobile computing software strategy. Kik is based in Waterloo, Ont.

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