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Enjoy Free Real-Time Chat with Kik Messenger for Android

March 21, 2011

Kik Messenger is a good communication tool that brings its real-time cross-platform instant messenger application to BlackBerry, iOS, and Android.

Much like any other app, whether its right for you will depend on what your circle of friends and contacts use. With Kik Messenger setting up an account is simple. 

All you have to do is install the app, quickly create an account, and then the app searches your contacts to determine if you already know others using Kik Messenger. Growing in popularity, Kik Messenger claims to have more than three million users across iOS and Android.

Kik has a flexibility that gives users the ability to chat with individuals, or quickly start a group conversation. The service also has the ability to send pictures, add emoticons, or use your Android's voice recognition.

Android’s voice recognition is a cool feature that adds another dimension to staying in touch. Google's Voice Search application, which is pre-installed on many Android devices, provides powerful features like "search by voice" and voice shortcuts like "Navigate to." Basically, this feature allows you to dictate your message instead of typing it. Just tap the microphone button on the keyboard of your Android phone (running 2.1 or higher), and you can speak in just about any context which you would normally type.

Kik Messenger is an effective app that offers top notch functionality all for free –no app fee, no ads, nothing. Any Smartphone user would agree that free is always good. For the future, the company seems focused on listening to feedback, growing the user base, and adding features – especially after its announcement of an $8 million round of private, Series A investment funding. The investors taking part include RRE, Union Square ventures, and Spark Capital.

Charles West is a Web Editor for unified communications. Prior to joining TMC Charles worked with many gadget oriented sites that included running his own blog (TheTrendaholic.com) and Smartphone column for examiner.com. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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