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Hike Messenger gains 500-member groups, Kik updated for first time in three years

Hike Messenger, a cross-platform messenger, has received a sizable update bringing a new interface, new chat themes, 500 member group chats and more, while Kik has received its first update in nearly three years. Starting with Hike, you are sure to notice things are different as soon as you launch the app. More than 17,000 lines of code have been changed, making it easier to navigate the app. A full list of changes in the Hike update include:

  • BRAND NEW INTERFACE: In addition to literally re-writing hike from scratch (17,378 lines of code), we have changed our design language. The moment you update hike, you'll notice the brand new user interface. We've made it much easier and simpler to navigate your way around hike
  • SHARE DOCUMENTS & FILES: Why email when you can send practically anything and everything on hike! Send unlimited amounts of all kinds of non media files and documents of any format like PDF, ZIP, Word (.DOC), PowerPoint (.PPT), Excel (.XLS), MP3's, Audio's and much more!
  • 10 BRAND NEW CHAT THEMES: We've packed in 10 new awesome chat themes that you'll love!
  • BIGGER ATTACHMENTS: Now you can share large files and videos of 100 MB at a time!
  • 500 MEMBER GROUP CHATS: Create groups with up to 500 member so you can easily stay in touch with those who matter most!
  • MULTIPLE ADMINS: You can now have multiple admins in your group chat
  • BETTER GROUP ADMINS SETTING: Admins can now restrict the right to add members in the group to themselves
  • MUTE INDIVIDUAL CHATS
  • BUG FIXES

As for Kik, it received an update after nearly three years of being dormant. The update brings changes to the registration system process in an effort to reduce the amount of spam on the platform. You can grab both of these updates from the Windows Store now.

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Via: Loveable Lumia

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.

103 Comments
  • ....kik?......is..is that....is that you?
  • LOL
  • Right?!
  • doublem_stk76 girls, kik me ;P
  • No joke... But really, that's it? They are still on Silverlight. Better than nothing I guess. Just sucks that iOS and Android users of the app have an insane amount more of features....
  • Exactly. Screw them. Stick with Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger who update their apps regularly. Including WeChat.
  • I read the article bro. Why are you posting while assuming other people didn't read the article?
  • I even contacted KIK on twitter and they said they have no plans to update it on WP :(
  • **** them and their resources
  • I heard a long time ago that they wouldn't update the app, unless Microsoft would allow developers to use webkit.
  • Surely people aren't still using kik, I mean really??
  • Eh kik, for real?
  • Good that they are updating their apps. Hike is always active. Anyways, who uses it?!
  • What’s new in v 3.5.2 ??? Firstly a big thank you to all our Windows hikers who keep contacting us and sharing awesome feedback! It’s only because of your feedback we came to know about a major bug prison escape. Here are some bugs that won’t be bothering you anymore!
    ◦Bug Notification Tray (Status: Deceased) – this bug kept the notifications on the notification tray window even after opening hike.
    ◦Bug Profile Picture (Status: Captured) – this prevented you to upload your gorgeous new profile picture!
    ◦Bug Group Crasher (Status: Deceased) – this stubborn bug prevented you from adding new members to your existing or new group.
    ◦Bug Clock (Status: Captured) – this bug showed everything in 12 hour format instead of 24 hour format as per your system.
    ◦Bug Forward Crasher (Status: Deceased) – this nasty bug prevented you to forward anything! Literally if you tried to forward a sticker, message, video, photo, PDF, MP3’s it simply crashed hike! In addition to this we managed to add some features which we are sure you will enjoy !
    ★ Brand New Chat themes: Valentine’s Day would be incomplete without this beautiful new Love theme !
    ★ Share multiple MP3’s : You can now share upto 15 MP3’s at one go.
    ★ 1000 Member Group Chat: Yes you read that right! You can now have upto 1000 (One Thousand) friends in a single group
  • Please continue to provide us more powerful features better than ios and Android
    Thank you
  • Ok. Why have you posted the whole changelog here? O.o
  • Lol
  • Lol
  • Because hike's changelog is always funny.
  • Kik...updated?   I actually don't believe it, even though I see it.
  • Lol. Does anyone remember the bs of a reason Kik gave to not write for WP anymore?
  • Nope , what was it ?
  • According to them, It had something to do with the platform (webkit or something) they had to use to develope for Windows phone which it didnt support or something along those lines.
  • Enlighten me. I'm very interested to hear that reason :)
  • Hike is having not showing online issue after last seen off in setting
  • Hi, can you please expain.
  • If I do ( privacy-last seen-everyone) then it shows others online while chating ok but when I do (privacy-Last seen-off) and then if I chat with somebody it doesn't show him/her online.. It shows on hike..
  • Check this out( privacy-last seen-nobody).. Then chat with friend then you will not see him or her online..you will see on hike even if he is online.. Check this then you will understand what I am trying to say. Its very important
  • Actually you will have to set privacy settings to everyone in order to see everyone's last seen option.
  • Not last seen dude I wanna see online.. Like in WhatsApp..
  • Thats a bug in whatsapp. i think they should not show as online if we kept privacy to none.. Hike did the right thing...
  • Hike messenger need much more additions than that. Especially Timeline feature(Android like photo uploads) -_-
  • Did I read that **** right? Kik?.... Updated? WOW.
  • Who cares?
  • People care. Dogs and cats, probably don't, however.
  • Hike is having not showing online issue after last seen off in setting..pls tell them Daniel.
  • Ya Daniel! Please tell them :D :D
  • I asked my dog, Dan. She cares
  • Burned!
  • Cats don't care about anything.
  • They only care about their appetite and watching anime..
  • I agree about appetite, but mine prefers watching the Back to the Future trilogy
  • Kik? wow... they fixed people who couldn't register and use the app. what an bunch of idiots are on that Kik company. and it wasn't updated since 2012, that means it was almost 4 years, really dumb thing.
  • Hope one day Instagram also picks up an update
  • Soon...
  • 'Soon'
  • soon..
  • Soon(tm)
  • Wtf is kik?
  • It's a text service that allows you to text people without having their numbers shown
  • Couldn't Sign up in Kik. Hope that's fixed now
  • they updated their app ?Now? windows 10 mobile is dead ...everybody knows even microsoft and they update their apps WTF?  
  • Microsoft is more concerned over their apps over android and ios.
  • No. You are wrong.
  • How's he wrong??? Why don't we have the same one hand use word flow keyboard Microsoft released for iOS??? This should have simpply been a update for our phones since we already have a one hand use keyboard on WP; I wish Ballmer was still at microsoft...even though he missed the first mobile train, he was trying to make up for it, but Satya has come along and put a halt to everything but make apps for other platforms.
  • Companies and shareholders like to see profits and gains. MS is currently only failing in phones, so how do you fix the phone situation? Make the ecosystem around it better and more convenient so when the big picture finally sees fruition, people will find it convenient to buy their phones as well.
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    In the meanwhile, develop for the successful platforms and milk the data from there .... Worse comes to worse and windows phone does go down the drain, they can continue their business normally, through the other platforms rather than have to make up for missed years and start from scratch.
    -----------------
    In the past year, MS's image among consumers and the general public has changed for the better ... It's becoming trendy and that's thanks to Satya's leadership. Ballmer, did some great things but for MS's future, it was about to hit an iceberg and needed to change direction immediately.
    ------------------
    As for the iPhone wordflow and other apps, i agree, we should have them but the teams working on them arent the same ones who are focused on Windows Mobile.
  • V do have One Hand use Word Flow!!
  • Why hang out to discuss a dead OS? Seems silly.
  • Same reason people still talk about blackberry and Nokia!
  • They usually do it out of admiration and nostalgia. They don't come round just to repeat the false "dead" mantra.
  • Well BlackBerry is not dead yet... soon... but not yet
  • Finally less slut bots ...
  • About time.
  • GOD IS COMING!!!!!
  • Lol
  • I believe hike change log is last update ones ..This is just a bug fixing update.
  • Actually the update was live around a while.
  • yes, this change log is of previous major update which was rolled out on 21 Dec 2015. Today they've added more new features like 1000 member groups, 15 mp3 shares at once etc. and have squashed some nasty bugs as well. BTW Hike has provided the change log of today's update :)
  • Adobe reader also updated, after 2013 for first time with brand new interface
  • WHAT?? YOU GAVE ME A HEART ATTACK. *dies* :P
  • Yes its true. Check it out
  • No way! I have to see this . According to the store, they are correct. Whoa
  • It is true, it is a lot faster, but still dispite beeing good, feels like a old version that they had in the drawer for a long time, is it still very WP8.1. Nevertheless it is an Update, yayyyyyyy :)
  • Still it has missing feature . The one being not able to share a document via Bluetooth. I was eagerly waiting for this to happen. Hope to see this feature soon
  • You can use the File Explorer (in W10M)... or Files (in WP8.1).
  • I hope for video support for KiK. My friend always sends me videos but I can't send them.
  • Kik?? Whats that? XD
  • WOW, can't believe it!
  • member size has been increased to 1000. the changelog is older one. Current version is: 2016.129.758.147 also, the package size has decreased by 1Mb.
  • For the first time in ever they update Kik, and its only a bug fix... Awesome...
  • lol
  • They took 3 years to find that bug. Hehe.
  • and instagram is there like,"yeah *******, i am chilling here. i won't drop my 'beta' status".
  • It's funny considering Kik came preloaded with my Lumia 730..
  • That's keek, this ones different.i had that keek preinstalled too, it's a video sharing service
  • That kik update is just, wow... ._.
  • All the app developers should develop their apps and check them first for 512 mb.. If apps running good on 512 mb ram then obviously it will work fab on greater ram 1gb,2gb etc.. Like uc in Lumia 520 pathetic app ..crashes all the Time after 1-2 min of using.
  • It's now 1000 group members chat
  • Kik???? Quick someone check if hell froze over!!! Next thing you'll say snapchat is coming lol
  • Meh... Was expecting a big update for kik... Disappointed
  • Kik sure kicks me!?.... Ahem.... (echoes alerts)
    Attention everyone! Kik messenger is being updated after 3 whole ******* years and we have here......... Ummmm.. What is it again.?....... (sir its some ****** minor update that nobody cares! You bald ****) Ohhh... Yeah! And after three whole ******* years we could finally squash some bugs and some reg. Shortening as we feel embarrassed in front of Hike and WhatsApp.
  • Can you actually register and log in now? Since that's the reason it was useless.
  • What’s new in Hike messenger v 3.5.2 ???
    Firstly a big thank you to all our Windows hikers who keep contacting us and sharing awesome feedback! It’s only because of your feedback we came to know about a major bug prison escape. Here are some bugs that won’t be bothering you anymore!
    ◦Bug Notification Tray (Status: Deceased) – this bug kept the notifications on the notification tray window even after opening hike.
    ◦Bug Profile Picture (Status: Captured) – this prevented you to upload your gorgeous new profile picture!
    ◦Bug Group Crasher (Status: Deceased) – this stubborn bug prevented you from adding new members to your existing or new group.
    ◦Bug Clock (Status: Captured) – this bug showed everything in 12 hour format instead of 24 hour format as per your system.
    ◦Bug Forward Crasher (Status: Deceased) – this nasty bug prevented you to forward anything! Literally if you tried to forward a sticker, message, video, photo, PDF, MP3’s it simply crashed hike!
    In addition to this we managed to add some features which we are sure you will enjoy !
    ★ Brand New Chat themes: Valentine’s Day would be incomplete without this beautiful new Love theme !
    ★ Share multiple MP3’s : You can now share upto 15 MP3’s at one go.
    ★ 1000 Member Group Chat: Yes you read that right! You can now have upto 1000 (One Thousand) friends in a single group
  • Loco music player updated too
  • My fav music app
  • They have a windows 10 version in the works too cant wait.
  • Kik. Don't believe me, just watch.
  • Good news!
  • Kik how pitiful. Still has long ways to catch its counterparts Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • No change in kik after update
  • Please someone update twitter :(
  • Can someone double check for me if Kik is in the mobile store? I am unable to search for it and on the desktop I am unable to press the install button for it to get on my phone. Does not show in my apps section either on my phone. 
  • So Kik does not have any new features and it does not over heat your phone less?