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Kik Messenger Now Available on NOKIA Store + Initial Review

| December 1, 2011 | 27 Replies




About two or three weeks ago the developers of the cross-platform messaging application Kik promised us a impending ‘beta-testers’ version of Kik for symbian, to my surprise the link I got in my email was for the final official version being distributed over the NOKIA store. Wonderful fast job by all the Kik Devolopers! thank you. (Live-Profile I have nothing to say to you.)

Grab it here:

http://store.ovi.com/content/225051

 

Kik Messenger is the totally free, crazy-fast cross-platform messenger app that connects you to your friends in real-time. Use Kik to chat, share pictures, plan outings with groups, and stay connected to the people who matter most.

You ’re going to fall in love with Kik Messenger. Here’s why:

* Hands-down the fastest smartphone messenger
* Instant message notifications – Sent, Delivered, Read
* Beautiful look and feel

*note: I will add some screenshots as soon as I get the app up and running.

Update:

Ok I got the application installed and registered, unfortunately none of my contacts have their numbers on their kik account so I’ll have to add them via their User-names one by one. Thankfully the kind people at kik were kind enough to give us a mock account to talk to (similar to cleverbot I guess) so I gave the app a little spin.

So a quick run through: for those of you who aren’t familiar to kik it’s a instant messaging application for multiple platforms that uses WiFi/Mobile Data, the main advantage of all these applications (Whatsapp, Kik, Liveprofile) is push support for instantaneous message retrieval as well as being Extremly light on the data plan. Currently Kik supports iPhone, Android, Symbian, BB & WP 7.5

Here are a couple of screenshots and first thoughts about Kik running on my N8:

I have no idea why But I REALLY liked the anna squirkle icone for kik, I think it’s the dark grey in it but it just made it look really nice and professional (as promised).

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Plain old start-up screen. (Auto-startup on reboot CAN BE disabled from the options menu, something that isn’t present in Whatsapp at the moment)

A nice and simple startup registration screen, where you set your real name/email as well as the username you choose to be identified by through other users (one of the advantages of Kik is the ability to add users with only a username no need for a phone number)

Of course you can still find contacts using their phone number, provided they supplied it upon registration (optional).

A default added contact is the “Kik Team” which I guess is there to check if the service is running properly, or just to pass time if like me you have no friends (Forever Alone).

Of course you can add smileys as well as attachments to your messages. (There is also a group messaging feature but I haven’t tried it out yet- no friends and all)

Over all as promised the app is extremely nice looking (obviously made by someone who understands how Symbian should run).
BUT (there always is) there are two problems:
1- No splitscreen input! this is almost a deal-breaker for me, I hate seeing the ugly white panel covering up my input spot FIX IT PLEASE!
2- Apparently Kik isn’t very nice with batteries (pulling 200Ma per sec when backgrounded!!!) which is considered a big problem.
More details about the Battery situation here:
But all in all Thank you kik developers team, looking forward to some updates.
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Category: Applications, Battery Life, MNB, Nokia, Nseries, Reviews, Symbian, Symbian^3

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