Kik hits 50 million users, but do Windows Phone owners care?
Kik has announced the company (and popular messaging service) has crossed the 50 million user marker. Congratulations to them indeed. The only issue is their lack of support for Windows Phone. Those of us who have used the service on Windows Phone in the past have enjoyed a strong experience, but the company has no immediate plans for a Windows Phone 8 version.
For that very reason, we're being left out. Consumers on iOS, Android and BlackBerry are bringing out the bottles of champagne, while Windows Phone owners are left on the side. It's a real shame as we know many who actively utilise the service (we did until WhatsApp stepped up its game), and many were rightfully looking forward to seeing what Kik could bring with its new developer platform (building on its Kik Cards product).
This developer platform would introduce web apps, including games that could be sent, received and opened in conversations. This would help Kik differentiate itself from competing messaging services, as well as monetise the product. So what's contributing to the quick growth of the service, which launched in 2010? Kik CEO Ted Livingston said the following in an interview with Financial Post:
It's noted that the latter (the meeting of random strangers) is what's really pushing the service forward. Think Chatroulette, but without the visual nudity and on the mobile. There's also the fact that mobile numbers aren't used, in favour of usernames which is believed to have also helped build a strong following. The numbers are fairly staggering with an estimated 200,000 new users registering for Kik each day, entirely through word of mouth. It's just a shame they're not focusing on Windows Phone.
But with alternatives like WhatsApp and more, who needs 'em? You can download Kik from the Windows Phone Store.
Source: Financial Post
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To give you an example of how very useful WhatsApp is for me, I work at a mine. We don't have normal cell phone coverage but we have WiFi accessibility...
With Whatsapp and Kik etc I can continue to send and receive texts similar to sms but are accessible via WiFi. Plus another feature is these use your data allowance rather than cost sms mms or international charges by using data.
Where's Napster for Mah music...?
As everyone I know are using WhatsApp (100+ contacts vs 10 on Skype), I am still using Whatsapp.
Incidentally, I never have battery problem with Whatsapp (on HTC 8X), so I don't know why some people here have that problem.
They may not have issued any updates, but Kik works great on my Titan II and I continue to use it so yes, it's great they've hit 50 million. This whole article sounds like a whine to me along with an advertisement for WhatsApp (which I find Kik to be better than) simply because there isn't an update yet for WP8.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Let them know that you'd love to have KiK on your WP8 device and remind them that they credited WP users for helping them grow on all platforms.