Kik Messenger users, who now total more than two hundred million, can head to the Play Store and update their beloved messaging application. The latest version of the app removes the sidebar and replaces it with an in-app browser. Everything is now funneled into Kik Messenger rather than having to redirect users elsewhere. Kik Messenger also has a new look for users with Android 5.0 Lollipop devices. Within conversation, too, there are changes. Users have twenty-two chat bubble colors to choose from.
Hit the break for the changelog, gallery, and download links.
If you use Kik Messenger, we have some good news for you.
Due to a recent partnership between location tracking service Glympse and Kik, you’ll now be able to share your location with the person you’re chatting with. You can also request a location from a friend through the app, using Glympse’s software.
Samsung’s instant messaging client, ChatON, has been updated with several new features. If you’re not familiar with ChatON, it’s similar to other messaging clients like Kik and GroupMe that are also quite popular on Android.
ChatON’s most notable new feature would have to be the addition of Olympic Buddy that will keep you updated in this year’s 2012 London Olympics. You will be kept up to date with daily schedules, medal tables and breaking news. If you’d like another option to keep up with this years Olympics, you can also check our coverage on the official Olympics app.
Here’s the official changelog of ChatON version 1.9.5 after the break:
There are tons of remote apps on the market, but Clik takes this idea to a new level. Brought to you by the developers of Kik Messenger, Clik will sync any screen with a browser (a smart TV or a computer, for example) with your phone, and allows you to run Youtube videos on that screen remotely. It will run on 3G, 4G or WiFi. Right now, Clik is only syncing Youtube, but the future possibilities are many, including Hulu, Dropbox, Flickr, Netflix or Facebook.
Here’s how you get started: Download the Clik app onto your phone. Guide your browser on your media-playing device to www.clickthis.com. The website will show you a QR code that you scan with your phone. Voila, you’ll now be able to choose and control a Youtube video on your phone to play on your TV, computer or whatever device you’ve chosen. You can search for a particular clip, or browse categories. You’ll have the capability to play, stop, pause, fast forward, control the volume or place the video into your favorites.
Users have been reporting an instantaneous response between their phone and media player. Clik can be a godsend for those of us who have experienced the frustration of connecting devices from different manufacturers. The developers are looking for partners to expand this app to other content. That’s really where Clik shows huge potential, as Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures and investor in Kik, explains:
“The ability for highly personal mobile devices like phones to easily take control of computers, TVs, cars and other expensive and complex devices is one of the most important megatrends in technology right now. Clik’s approach to this problem is novel and slick, bordering on magic. You have to see it to believe it. It’s a game changer.”
Keep your eyes peeled for future expansions of this platform. Give the current version a try and let us know what you think!
Yesterday Kik released its beta version of its mobile SDK, which will let developers easily add user-to-user sharing to their applications via Kik Messenger.
Kik sees this as a way to make applications more compelling or to actually boost adoption. A user could receive a Kik content message, but if they don’t have the app, they will be taken directly to a download page to install it.
Kik says it will only take 10 minutes to add this type of functionality. To celebrate this release, Kik will be awarding $5,000 to the 3 developers who write and launch the best apps utilizing the SDK before August 8th.
Hit the break for a very cool video of an app called, Sketchee, that utilizes this.