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Review: Kik Messenger For WP7

It has been a long time coming but the first cross platform messaging application is part of the first 25,000 applications in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.  For those who are unfamiliar with Kik Messenger it is an application that allows for real time communication, giving the user the feel of a Blackberry Messenger application of sorts. In short: It’s pretty awesome. Hop on past the break for the full review…

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Kik Messenger Demoed On WP7

Popular cross-platform chat app, Kik, is coming to Windows Phone 7!

Being heavy Kik users on Android and iOS ourselves, we’re excited to see our WP7 friends get a legitimate chat service that doesn’t suck. On that note, Kik said to be much faster than IM+ and similar multi-account chat apps on WP7 — just as it is on Android and iOS.

The app is now available in the Marketplace for $0.00. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

Demo video after the break…
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Love Kik Messenger? Sign Up For Their New Beta Program!

Love Kik Messenger — the (in our eyes) best looking and easiest to use multi-platform chat program? You’re in luck. Kik is giving their biggest fans a chance to be part of the team — beta team that is. The Canadian based company has officially launched a new beta tester program allowing normal people like you to help test upcoming versions of Kik. All you need to do is point your browser right over here.

To date, Kik Messenger has accrued over 3 million users and scored a new round of VC funding totalling $8 million despite being blacklisted by RIM over their insecurities of Kik being better than BlackBerry Messenger and the BlackBerry platform as a whole.
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RIM Attempts to Kill the Competition, Files Lawsuit Against Kik Interactive. #rim #kik

The whole RIM vs. Kik slap fight just got a lot more serious today, with RIM pulling out the big guns (read: lawyers). The two are officially going to court after…wait for it…patent infringement. Before we delve any deeper, we’ll start with this — There’s a basic cycle that companies born into a free market society go through, which more or less follows the path highlighted below:

  • Birth — Market yourself as a new exciting startup that is better than “the big guys”. (read: more consumer friendly)
  • Compete with and start to gain market share against big competitors.
  • Surpass the old, outdated competitors and become “the leader” yourself.
  • Fail to innovate, grow complacent in your ways, and begin turning into the old “competitor” that you replaced so long ago.
  • Have your company and service trumped by a new exciting startup.
  • Sue said startup for patent infringement, copyright theft, and anything else you can find to keep yourself in business.
  • Repeat

With that out of the way, hop inside to continue on…
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RIM Severs All Ties, Revokes Developer Keys for Kik Messenger. #kik #rim

Remember that whole RIM vs. Kik Messenger quarrel from last week? At the time, RIM wasn’t very talkative about the matter, instead giving very vague statements saying simply that “Kik was doing some questionable things”. Well the cat has now come out of the bag — kind of. RIM has come forward with an official statement. Unfortunately, it is just as vague as their previous stamtent —

RIM became aware of a number of issues and customer concerns regarding the Kik app and service. Following discussions with Kik, the app was removed from BlackBerry App World on November 12. Upon further investigation, RIM concluded that Kik had breached contractual obligations. Based on the broad scope and seriousness of the issues and concerns, RIM terminated its agreements with Kik and withdrew RIM’s support for Kik’s service.

Seeing as how no other app or developer has really garnered this kind of action before, whatever Kik was doing with their app must have been pretty bad for RIM to sever all ties. Then again, with as many security concerns that crop up day after day, taking extreme measures to protect users and users’ data is certainly a valid concern.

Any Kik users have anything they want to say?
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[Update] RIM Yanks BBM-like Kik Messaging From App World. #kik #blackberry

Do you use Kik messaging? If so, you’re one of 2.25 million people and growing. Mind you, Kik has only been available for about three weeks. So seeing that many people adopt it is pretty astounding.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, we should probably inform the uninformed. Kik is a cross-platform messaging app that allows Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry users to quickly chat back and forth by all sharing the same app. Besides being a cross-platform service, Kik itself is a fast, simple app — two great things for a chat app. Unfortunately, BlackBerry users are now shut out — RIM removed Kik from App World today…
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