Hike, messaging apps, BlackBerry 10

While BlackBerry’s own Messenger app is the clear preference on BlackBerry 10 for many users, additional app support for the struggling fourth player in the mobile OS wars is always a welcoming sight. Hike Messenger is now available for BlackBerry 10.

each message is encrypted over WiFi using 128-bit SSL encryption

Some features of Hike for BB10 include the ability for users to choose who can see when they were last time online, as well as their profile picture. If this sounds familiar, it’s because this is also a feature on WhatsApp. This should really come as good news for those who are concerned with their privacy while using instant messaging apps. Another good thing for privacy advocates is the fact that each message is encrypted over WiFi using 128-bit SSL encryption.

Stickers are also part of the app and thanks to LINE, BBM, Viber, Tango, imo.im, and others, they’ve become something of a standard for messaging apps today.

Hike Messenger allows users to have 2-way themes, which means that if you change the chat room theme, your chat companion will see the same theme. This is an echo feature from Windows Live Messenger before it was absorbed into Skype.

Hike users can message offline friends via text message

Hike Messenger can also send messages to your friends even if they are offline by way of an SMS, similar to iMessage. As soon as they reply, you will simply receive the message in the application. Of course text is only part of the story; you can also send photos, videos, location, contacts, walkie-talkie messages and more.

Hike for BlackBerry 10 can be downloaded via BlackBerry World.

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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.