KakaoTalk, Kakao App, Kakao Messaging

After a merger between search engine Daum and messaging company Kakao took place last year and a new CEO was appointed in August, it looks like some additional changes are in the works in the Daum Kakao offices, particularly with regard to the company’s name.

Hereafter, Daum Kakao will simply be known as Kakao according to Yonhap news, which announced that the change had been approved by shareholders in an emergency meeting. The change was reported in a regulatory filing by the company.

According to the report, the name change signifies Kakao’s commitment to being a mobile-first company as well as an attempt to unite the company under a single banner. The company continues to offer KakaoTalk messenger along with a taxi service and other KakaoTalk app-based endeavors. It is also planning to release a “high-end version of the taxi-booking app” next month.

KakaoTalk is most popular in South Korea, where 38 million users utilize the app on a daily basis. Outside of South Korea, apps like WhatsApp, LINE, and Skype continue to dominate.

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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.