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
"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
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.
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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