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.
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.
WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and other instant messaging apps appear to have won the day over Samsung's own-brand effort.
The messaging app, which now has 50 million users in total, is rolling out new versions for both Android and iOS.