Kik for iOS review: Kik doesn't lack features, just users

Group chats are also possible with Kik. You can add contacts to an existing thread, or create a new one with just a few taps. I suggest creating a new thread, instead of adding someone to one for one reason: you can't remove people from a group conversation.

Instead, you have to leave the conversation on your own accord. Doing so will eliminate any chat history you had before turning the conversation into a group thread. Also lacking is the ability to mute a thread; an important feature to have for those noisy group conversations we've all been a part of.

Extras

The thing about modern messaging apps is they do more than just let you send text messages.

Kik allows for users to send content from various sources, with a tool bar you can open up by touching the plus sign to the left of the chat field.

Here you can share photos (like other apps), along with stickers (you get a couple for free, then you have to buy Kik points in order to purchase more stickers), YouTube videos, Sketches, Image search, Memes, and Top Sites.

Oddly missing from the list is the ability to send videos (unless you take the time to upload a video to YouTube before sharing it with a Kik contact), and an option to share your current location.

In addition to the services I just mentioned, third-party developers can integrate their respective services with Kik. Integration allows for users to send content from a particular service to another user. You can discover new services by sliding out the main menu within the app, and using the search bar.

If a service isn't optimized for Kik, you're able to visit its website directly within the app and share the webpage inside a conversation.

With this approach, Kik is able to offer limitless integration with third-party services. Assuming developers are willing to take the time and integrate their respective services with Kik. This is something neither iMessage or WhatsApp offer, but the approach of controlling the entire experience in either app has been a beneficial one. When Kik opens up its service to developers, it runs the risk of not having complete control over content.

Conclusion

Perhaps the most intriguing part of Kik isn't that it allows developers to integrate with it (which can sometimes clutter the user experience) but that it works across multiple platforms. This is a huge advantage over something like iMessage, (which charges you for chatting with Android users) and something that's helped WhatsApp continue growing.

Even with the added platforms, finding friends can be a bit discouraging. (Although, a Twitter search for "Kik" returns plenty of teens looking for friends.) And convincing friends and family members to download and install yet another messaging app is a chore in and of itself.

For those with a lot of friends on Kik, odds are you're already using it and love it. For those without, however, it's a tough sell. There's nothing that truly sets it apart from the competition, providing little incentive to get other people on board.

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