Kakao, KakaoTalk, KakaoTalk Messenger

Okay, three years and three months is a long time in tech, but the milestone of hitting 100 million users is still impressive, especially when the KakaoTalk app sat at 95 million users only 20 days ago and 90 million at the beginning of May.

KakaoTalk is certainly hitting home in its home turf of Asia, where other messaging incumbents continue in a never-ending struggle to win the hearts of their users though in-app offers, additional features, and localized content.

LINE surpassed 150 million users in May, while Nimbuzz amassed that same 150 million mark back in March. Another application, China-based WeChat recently grew to 300 million total users.

Most of Nimbuzz‘s users are residing in India and the Middle East, while LINE, KakaoTalk, and WeChat dominate the rest of Asia.

It’s certainly an interesting thing to see, especially knowing that most users will not use just one, but many applications on their devices simultaneously, making plenty of room for all of these apps to coexist and for newcomers to take their place in the market.

Like the others, KakaoTalk has certainly been putting itself out into the world as much as possible as can be seen by Kakao’s alliance with Evernote to add new features to KakaoTalk. In addition, KakaoHome was released by Kakao in May to combat Facebook Home.

Most recently, the company partnered with Tapjoy in May to put ads in Kakao Games to go along with an additional agreement made with AdPopcorn earlier that same month. The company also sports a number of add-ons for its app, such as KakaoAlbum and KakaoPage.

KakaoTalk launched on PCs in June, which should continue assisting the app with its growth across all mobile platforms now that users can connect whether they’re mobile or not. If you haven’t already done so — and you happen to own a Windows Phone, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or Bada device, you can search your respective app store and download the KakaoTalk Messenger application to start chatting and sharing content with your friends.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at http://www.joshrobertnay.com.