Kik is a solid chat app with fun extras, but if you don't already have friends using it, there's nothing to really set it apart from the competition.
Whether you're more the practical type that just wants standard messaging features or someone who loves spicing up your conversations with something extra, this collection has the app for you.
It doesn't have WhatsApp's numbers, but Kik has proven popular among teens in the US and around the world.
The messaging-and-chat app maker's round was led by hedge fund Valiant Capital Partners and brings the company's total venture capital funding to $70.5 million.
The 4-year-old company is now letting people visit any Web site without leaving the app.
Kids love Kik because they don't have to give out their phone number, CEO and founder Ted Livingston tells CNET.
After a few months of on-the-road testing, I put Apple CarPlay and Android Auto head-to-head to see how they stack up.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg adds that his other messaging application, WhatsApp, has 800 million monthly users.
Curious about Wi-Fi calling and what it entails? CNET has the rundown on what you need to know.
Mobile video service Rounds raises $12 million, giving it a bit more ammunition to compete in the messaging app world.