Waterloo born Kik App pulled from BlackBerry App World

VentureBeat reported this morning that the Kik instant messaging application has been pulled from Blackberry App World.

Apparently Research in Motion told Kik Interactive on Friday afternoon that no new downloads could be made of the app, citing concerns that it “could not elaborate on at the time.” As a result Kik was closed for new registrants on Blackberry devices all weekend. The application continues to be available in Apple’s App Store and the Android app market for iPhone and Android device users.

It appears that Kik Interactive is completely in the dark for now. Ted Livingston, founder of Kik, said RIM hasn’t responded to his requests for timelines for when the issue will be cleared up.

VentureBeat wonders is this is just another case of an upstart being steamrolled by the big guys? Thoughts?

Photo: VentureBeat

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 Interactive, Inc.
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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