The messaging app Hike bagged a 7-million-dollar investment from Softbank only six months after its launch back in 2012. This can be thought of as the dawn of the Indian messenger, since Hike got 14 million dollars for development in February 2014. Later that year, Hike further strengthened its position when it hit the 35-million-user mark, while Tiger Global’s 65-million-dollar investment solved the company’s financial issues for years to come. Considering Hike’s consistent and intensive growth over a short span of time, it makes sense to start off by looking at its benefits in more detail in our Hike review.
Hike Video Review
- Hike has the right to be called a cross-platform messenger, because developers remembered to take care of everyone: iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry and even Simbian.
- The app knows what its main user base wants. For example, during the not so globally popular Cricket World Cup held in India this year, Hike was one of the partners of the event as it sent scores of the fixtures to its users in real time.
- This year Hike held the “Great Indian Sticker Challenge” with the goal of finding talented local designers. After all, 30% of the app’s traffic is generated by stickers.
- Developers claim that user data isn’t stored on app servers. The SSL encryption protocol is used in the app to protect you even while connecting to Wi-Fi. So, as far as security goes, Hike is moving in the right direction.
- We can’t talk about the app’s advantages without mentioning Hike’s unforgettable design. I mean, they did put more effort into the app’s visual aspects than WhatsApp ever did. Hike users are free to change the design of every dialog how they choose to.
- In some countries, you can even send free text messages via the app to people that decided not to install Hike to their devices. The number of free texts depends on how active the user is.
- I’m sure that many of you will agree that user statuses and the ‘last seen online’ function aren’t important, but they do help us communicate with one another on a deeper level. Additionally, you can protect any chat by setting a password or becoming invisible to other chat members – very handy.
- Make video calls at low internet speed, share various files of up to 100 megabytes, post stickers from a vast collection and enjoy other basic functions – are all tangible advantages for any modern-day user.
- No irritating ads. Plus the add will stay free of charge, which is always good news.
Now, let’s take a look at the negative aspects that the creators can’t really brag about.
- Group chat support is good, but it took them long enough to fix the error that’s been bugging users for some time – no option to leave a group chat. The error’s fixed, but the wait backfired on Hike.
- Many users posted comments on app stores regarding that fact that messages aren’t being delivered or are delivered with a significant delay. It’s a real shame that the app isn’t able to cope with its main task.
- The app’s user base remains rather strongly localized, represented by India’s and its neighboring countries’ population. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will find many of your friends using the texting app.
That’s all we dug up on this texting client. Communicate in real life. Communicate online and see you next week!