As mentioned, Android and iOS both received updates, and while they include a lot of the same features, they also sneak in a few subtle and not-so-subtle differences, and we’ll discuss these differences first. Android users can look forward to an updated look and feel. Looking closely at the UI changes, you can see a lot of similarities between the Android version and the version available for Windows Phone. The “new message” notification has also been changed from the colorful Kik Messenger logo to a gray Kik icon. iOS users, meanwhile, received a few performance improvements with their version.
Stickers continue to evolve as the new emoticon
Otherwise, the other changes are very much the same. The most notable change is the addition of stickers. Now users can say more and show more emotion with the stickers feature a la Viber, KakaoTalk, or LINE. The stickers are all located in the Sticker Shop (the stand icon next to the messaging area). Some sticker options include Memes, South Park, and Adventure Time, each with a number of stickers available. Only the memes stickers are currently free.
Zynga and TreSena have added new games to the Kik Gaming platform
New games have also arrived courtesy of Zynga and TreSensa, including Zynga’s 1 Word, a game where you have to guess which word four different photos have in common. For instance, our first game included a photo of two basketball players, someone playing a home game console, a card game, and a fourth photo of gaming pieces from different board games. GAME was obviously the common theme among all four photos and the word we were looking for. Other games are available by clicking on “More” within the Kik menu.
Finally, an option has been added to allow users to talk to people without having to add them to contacts, useful for those who just want to say a quick hello to someone they’ve never met (and may not want to talk to again after).