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8 Popular Apps like Kik Messenger

8 Popular Apps like Kik Messenger

Kik messenger has a great fan following since a long time. This messaging app is easily accessible and is available for many different operating systems. But, there are many different apps like kik which we would like you to know. Here are some of the alternatives you could try.
Raksha Kulkarni
The Numbers!
There are more than 200 million users of the Kik messenger. An average of 250,000 users join it daily. It is so famous that it is spread in almost 230 countries. The most amusing thing is that all of this is controlled by only 50 - 200 employees of the Kik Interactive company.

Kik Messenger was released by Kik Interactive on October 19, 2010. The company was first founded in 2008, by a group of students from the University of Waterloo. The main aim was to create something new to be used on smartphones. Their aim got a lot of response as the messenger had got one million users in the first 15 days. The numbers have been going up since then and Twitter is regarded as a great help for the popularity.
This instant messaging app is available for mobile devices and it is being said that it will soon be available for PCs. This app is free of charge and is compatible with different operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, and Symbian. For registration, all you need is a username. It is dependent on the internet or Wi-Fi to send and receive messages. Other features include sharing photos, mobile webpages, sketches, etc.
Alternatives to Kik

WhatsApp

Overview: This is an instant messaging app which is being used by more than 800 million users. It also uses the internet for sending and receiving messages. It is available in Android, Symbian, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows phone. You can send private messages or in groups. There is no extra fee for international communication.
Features: You can share images, videos, location, and audio messages. You also have free calling. There is no specific username or PIN, but just the number of your friend is enough. You can see who has read the messages and you can choose if the other person can see that or your photos and statuses.
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From iTunes
Facebook Messenger

Overview: Almost everyone uses Facebook which is of great help to keep in touch with everyone. This app helps you send messages on the website as well as from the application. This app is available for Android, iOS, and Blackberry. Apart from your Facebook friends, you can also contact friends from your contacts.
Features: You can share videos or photos. You have free audio and video calls too. This app also has some interactive stickers. You are always logged in so it's hard to miss even a single message. You can turn on your location to let people know if you're nearby.
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From iTunes
LINE

Overview: LINE is an instant messaging application which is available for smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It is available in Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows phone and computers, and Mac. There are options where you can send messages to an individual or to a group (up to 200 people).
Features: Apart from the usual photo/video sharing, it also has free voice and video calls. It gives a timeline/homepage to each user which allows the user to post, like, or comment. Another feature is that you can record a stop motion video and add music. It has great stickers (also has Disney characters) or emoticons, some of which have to be bought.
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From iTunes
Viber

Overview: Viber is another app which gives similar features. It is available for Mac, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows, and iOS. It has to be installed on a phone for further usage on a desktop.
Features: It allows normal sharing of videos, photos, and other messages. Voice and video calls are also available. The most important feature is the "Viber Out", which helps you call other mobile or landline numbers, which are not using the app.
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From iTunes
BBM

Overview: BlackBerry Messenger is an instant messenger which is based on a PIN. It was first available only for BlackBerry phones but is now also available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users.
Features: It allows sending pictures, videos, voice notes, locations, and files up to 16 MB. There is also a huge collection of emoticons for you to choose from. There are options for voice calls but some phones have video calls too. You also have control on how long your contacts can have access to messages or pictures.
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From iTunes
WeChat

Overview: This app may be like the others, but has many unique features too. This app is available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Symbian, and you can also download it on Mac and Windows. But, first you need to install it on a phone.
Features: If you don't want to download an app on the computer, this is a great app. You can just go to the website, sync your account online, and use it. You can send photos, videos, locations, or voice messages. There are options of filters and captions for photos. It has become a great platform for promotions so you may also be lucky to get some coupons or packages.
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Google Hangouts

Overview: This app has become the default application in Android, nowadays. This app has replaced three Google apps, viz, Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, and the previous Hangouts. It is available for Android, iOS, and Linux.
Features: The chat histories and photos shared are saved online, the photos can be seen in a private album on Google+. There is a mark like the user's avatar to mark how far he has read the conversation. There are many different emoji, animated GIFs, and stickers for you to share. There is another option to turn a group into a video call. Also, Google has designed some surprise elements which will pop out after writing certain words. E.g.: When you type 'happy new year', a fox and goose will be dancing on your screen with some fireworks.
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From iTunes
IM+

Overview: Unfortunately, this is not a free app but is actually worth every single penny. You have to pay some amount to get it. It is available for Android, iOS, Symbian, Java, and Windows Phone.
Features: This app has this unique feature that you get everything at one place. You can connect everything from MSN, Yahoo!, Skype, Facebook, to Google Talk and Twitter. You can send photos, videos, and voice messages. The Off-the-Record encryption means that no third party can read your messages.
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From iTunes
So, these were some famous and commonly used apps. Actually, there are hundreds of them. Imo, Telegram, Skype, Groupme, ChatOn, etc., are some examples. If you like using Kik, you will like any of these apps too.