Watch out BBM! Here comes Kik!

by Rob Lewis | Technology


On Thursday, Waterloo-based Kik Interactive unveiled the next generation of Kik Messenger, a free, cross-platform mobile instant messaging service that makes texting conversations more real-time than ever before.

Recently out of beta, Kik Messenger (along with sent and received receipts) is four times faster than traditional SMS which means every message appears in real-time.

Only BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) provides similar receipts, but Kik Messenger stands apart because it works on ALL smartphones.

Ted Livingston is the President and CEO of Kik:

Kik Messenger offers the closest thing to a real-time, face-to-face conversation. And you can connect with all your friends, no matter what smartphone they use or where they live.  With the latest improvements and global reach, we expect more and more people to get Kik-ing.

To use Kik all you need is a mobile data plan.  And similar to BBM, Kik uses very little data.

Kik works with all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch’s, most BlackBerry devices, and all Android devices.

Now we can all be friends!

Kik Interactive, Inc.
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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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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