We have a lot to be excited about. We predicted earlier that with the arrival of iOS 8, Kik would update itself as it is a natural time to update the app with new features.
Although our lofty hopes were not fully realized, there are a few things to look forward to in the new Kik updates for iOS 8 and Android. Here, I will outline some of them and hopefully, you’ll be just as excited as we are about the new capabilities and the things that may come in the future.
1. New iOS 8 Compatibility
Most likely the most useful and best of the new Kik updates is the new compatibility with iOS 8, Apple’s newest mobile operating system. What this really means is not clear and concrete, but we can speculate, of course.
Some of the new iOS features that may be useful in the Kik world might be, for one, the integration of third-party keyboards. This means that you’ll be able to use the wonderful swipe technology for faster and more fluid typing on Kik messenger. It also means that there are many more things that your iPhone keyboard will be able to do now that it’s open to the newest technology.
Other really cool iOS 8 feature is called Handoff which means you can seamlessly continue doing the work you were doing on one iOS 8 device and do it on another one. This may mean that you’ll be able to “handoff” your Kik conversations from your iPhone to another device, like iPad or iPod Touch.
Third, one of the new and best features of iOS 8 is the expanded technology for Touch ID, otherwise known as the fingerprint scanner. Perhaps instead of entering a Kik password every time to log in, we can just swipe our fingerprint. It would be a big update for security, definitely.
Last, there is the new feature for iPhone 6 Plus devices called Landscape which allows you to use your phone and certain apps in landscape mode, kind of like you can do on an iPad. As of now, this doesn’t really work for non-Apple apps, but perhaps, one day, they will allow other third party apps to access the landscape technology available on iOS 8. Using Kik in landscape mode would be really cool and slightly easier to type on.
Of course, this doesn’t apple to the Android update.
2. New Design
It’s the little things that count. You may or may not have noticed the subtle design changes in Kik mesenger. One that I want to highlight is the circular profile pictures that you can see when you’re in a conversation with someone. They used to be square. Now, it seems that Kik has follow such apps as Instagram and Hangouts in rounding off those sharp edges. It gives the whole thing a great, clean modern design.
Also, if you notice the pictures you send and receive look different. Kik has updated the way you view pictures and videos. No longer is there a white bar around your media. It’s a seamless design reminiscent of YouTube that really blends in with the vibe of your conversations. This is a step in the right direction for Kik.
3. New Smileys and Stickers
One of the new exciting features of the new Kik update for iOS 8 and Android is the updated, themed smileys and strikers. Stickers are large, colorful emojis which resemble cartoons or real people. Themed smileys are more vivid forms of your everyday smileys. They’re both meant to really enhance your conversation so that you and your Kik friends can have a lot of fun. You can purchase themed smileys and stickers from the Kik Smiley Shop with Kik points. The new smileys are organized into packs based on theme and once you browse through and purchase them, they can replace your factory smileys. These is set to be a really fun and exciting addition to the Kik world.
When you get a new smiley, it appears in your smiley tray so that you can start using it immediately. Also, if you receive one or a sticker from a Kik friend, and you really like it, just tap on it and an info menu will pop up. Then you can download it for yourself from the Smiley Shop in Kik messenger.
4. Promoted Kik Accounts
We’ve all seen Facebook, Twitter and other accounts on social media claiming to be a certain celebrity, but in fact, they are not. Well, this happens on Kik too. A lot of people claim to be someone famous, but they really aren’t. Well, now with the promoted accounts, you’ll be able to chat and interact with the real deal – your favorite entertainment icons who have real Kik accounts. You can find the promoted accounts on the same screen as you would find the username search bar.
5. Tweaks and Bug Fixes
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