KakaoTalk is a good example of how a masterpiece can be made in desperate conditions. South Korea is a country of IT giants. Samsung, a large number of investors and companies that came from China, such as Tencent, for example. However, this circumstance did not stop Kim Bum-soo from making the most popular messaging app in the South Korea which is now used by 95% of the population.
The success story behind this company began from a usual chain of Internet cafes and grew into an IT giant with a multi-million turnover. KakaoTalk is South Korea’s acknowledged leader in its sphere. Its perfect reputation is well deserved, according to what users say. Below we offer you KakaoTalk review – the story of this IM app.
- The app was developed by South Korean company Cacao Corp, which in 2014 joined Daum Communications. The newly formed company got the name Daum Kakao.
- The first version of the app came out on 18 March, 2010.
- The app runs on iOS, Android, Bada OS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Nokia Asha devices.
- There are a PC and a web version.
- The app supports 15 languages.
- The overall user base is about 140 million people.
- It is the most popular messenger app in South Korea.
- The app uses Internet traffic.
- Exchanging text messages, videos, audio messages and photos.
- Fast access to the camera, A/V calls.
- Photo editing, filters.
- Group chats.
- Stickers, smileys, and gif. animation.
- A store for selling stickers and smileys.
- Communication in chats mainly done through stickers and smileys. Calls are also popular, though.
- Voice changing feature, mainly for entertaining purposes.
- Voice messages.
- Location sharing.
- It is very simple to register. The app scans your contact list and adds new contacts’ phone numbers. The contnact list will show people who have the app installed.
- You can invite friends. This option can be enabled/disabled by the user in the settings.
- The messaging app is adapted to tablets and has a multi-window interface.
- KakaoTalk has an in-built organizer, which allows making plans for a day and mark certain times for each event. The app signals when the time of the next scheduled task approaches.
- Cooperative games for mobile devices.
- Free calls within the app’s network. Internet traffic is required.
- You cannot delete or retract messages.
- The IM app supports certain functions of social networks. There are also statuses and content sharing.
- Push notifications. Go to the settings to enable them.
- Avatars and personal albums, which can be protected by privacy settings.
- You cannot import contacts from other messaging apps.
Events to do with the messaging app:
In 2014, a scandal broke out around KakaoTalk. The local prosecutor’s office said that it would set surveillance over Internet traffic and traffic of mobile apps in order to find people who spread false rumours. KakaoTalk’s first response was that they would cooperate with the government authorities. This caused masses of users to change KakaoTalk for Pavel Durov’s Telegram, which is positioned as a secure messaging app. Later, Daum Kakao CEO apologized to the app’s users and said that the company would not be working with the government.