We’ve seen quite a few stickers make their debuts in messaging apps over the last year or so, but now Daum Kakao is doing something a little different with the launch of “real-con,” the short 2-second emoticon that allows KakaoTalk users to express their state of emotion in a more fun way.
The real-con use images of Korean girl band Girl’s Day, bringing a new way for users of the South Korean chat application to express emotion or simply respond to messages.
The video emoticons will come in 24 varieties, including “Hello!” and “Oh my!” by uttered Minah, “Salute!” and “Dang!” by Hyeri, “Thank you!” and “Kiss me!” by Sojin, and “Sob sob” and “Huh!!!” by Yura.
Daum Kakao has so far made available “ani-cons” (animating emoticons) and “sound-cons” (emoticons that speak). The latest real-con is intended to help KakaoTalk users have a more enjoyable experience with the mobile messenger service and could also serve as a much-needed differentiator in the face of growing competition, particularly from LINE and WeChat, who recently partnered to invest in game development on their respective messaging platforms.
KakaoTalk is available on most major mobile platforms. Download it here.