Back from the dead: Kik Messenger returns to BlackBerry with a vengeance

In 2010, free instant messaging app Kik Messenger launched on RIM's BlackBerry platform. Gathering a million users in just 2 weeks, it was instant success—and instantly seen as a direct competitor to BBM, a vital organ to RIM's mobile platform.

Soon after, RIM ceased push support of Kik, launched a lawsuit against CEO Ted Livingston, and later pulled the app completely from App World. Kik then appeared on the iOS, Android, and WP7, but it was only a ghost to RIM users.

And now it's back.

Waterloo-born Kik Interactive has relaunched Kik Messenger for the BlackBerry OS through a clever workaround—instead of using the BlackBerry SDK and getting an app approved through App World, Ted and his team simply designed a universal Java app that just happened to work on RIM's latest roster of mobile devices.

The CEO says that the app is faster than ever and doesn't put a dent in battery life thanks to a unique way of push notifying. Kik has also tweaked how it adds friends, as that was a major privacy concern early on.

The next step? World domination, it seems. Now that Kik isn't using anyone's SDK, it created its own, so that other third-party developers might integrate the technology inside of their own app. And the fact that Kik can be used on some feature phones, or "dumb" phones, renders the possibilities endless.

Download the back-from-the-dead BlackBerry version of Kik right here.

Company:
BlackBerry
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

Company:
Kik
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik was founded in 2009, when a small but incredibly passionate group of University of Waterloo students decided to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the smartphone. Fast forward to today, and Kik has become the best way to connect with friends, no matter where you meet them. And unlike other messengers, Kik uses usernames - not phone numbers - as the basis... more


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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and martial arts. more




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