Kik introduces picture sharing and group chat

Kik is introducing two very new exciting features to its already very popular text messaging service. The Canadian company whose text messaging service is very similar to RIM’s Blackberry text messaging service, is introducing picture sharing and group messaging.

With picture sharing, you can share your pictures right away with your friends just as if they were besides you. It not about uploading a file, its about showing them right away what you see as if they were next to you. As usual, users will be able to see when their correspondents have received, read or are typing a message.

And this is where their new group chat for at most 10 people becomes interesting. In other similar social applications, you send a message to everyone in the group, but with Kik’s group chat, you talk to a single person or a few, just like you would do in a real conversation. Adding people to the conversation is as easy as exiting a real conversation, its all about having a dynamic conversation, just like real conversations are.

The new updated Kik messenger is now available for free on the Apple App Store and on the Android Market. Kik messenger was previously also available on the Blackberry App World before getting pulled out by RIM last November. RIM is suing Kik Interactive for patent infringement. In the meantime, Kik was able to get the attention of over 2 million users in just 2 weeks at launch time last October.

Kik Interactive also secured an $8 million round of Series A funding with RRE Ventures, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. According to founder and chief executive of Kik Interactive – Ted Livingston, this funding will help Kik Interactive bring more innovative ideas, resources and help them provide the best real time communication experience available on a smartphones.

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