Kik Messenger

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Kik Messenger
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Developer(s) Kik Interactive
Initial release October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)
Stable release 7.2.1 / May 23, 2014
Development status Active
Operating system iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Swahili
Type Instant Messaging Client, Web Browser
License Proprietary freeware
Website kik.com

Kik Messenger is an instant messaging application for mobile devices. The app is available on most iOS, Android, and Windows Phone operating systems free of charge.[1] Kik Messenger is modeled after BlackBerry's Messenger.[2] Kik uses a smartphone's data plan or Wi-Fi to transmit and receive messages.[3] Kik also allows users to share photos, sketches, mobile webpages, and other content. Kik Messenger requires users to register a username.

History

Founded in 2009, Kik Interactive is the work of a group of students from the University of Waterloo who wished to create new technologies to be used on mobile smartphones.[4] Kik Messenger is the first app developed by Kik.

Kik Interactive released Kik Messenger on October 19, 2010.[5][6] Within 15 days, Kik Messenger reached one million user registrations, with Twitter being credited as a catalyst for the new application's popularity.[7]

On November 24, 2010, Research In Motion removed Kik Messenger from BlackBerry App World and limited the functionality of the software for its users.[8] It also sued the company for copyright infringement.[9] In October 2013, Blackberry and Kik settled the lawsuit, with the terms undisclosed.[10]

As of May 2014, there are 120 million users registered.[11]

Controversy

Automated spam bots have been used to distribute explicit images and text over Kik Messenger.[12][13]

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