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Chat it up with Kik Messenger for Android

by Ian Black

Real-time messaging options abound. From your Android, you can text, tweet, use Facebook or a host of other instant-messaging services. Kik Messenger joins the party with this Android app. It's a good communication tool — whether it's right for you will depend on what your circle of friends and contacts use.

It's easy to get started. Install the app, quickly create an account, and then the app searches your contacts to determine if you already know others using Kik Messenger. The service claims to have more than three million users across iOS and Android, so the odds are fair that you do.

You can chat with individuals, or quickly start a group conversation. The service also has the ability to send pictures, add emoticons, or use your Android's voice recognition. You can speak your message, and watch it be transcribed for you. All your dialogs appear in the now-familiar conversation format with each person's profile picture next to the stuff he or she says.

Perhaps best of all — it's free. No app fee, no ads, nothing. Thus, if you're a frequent message-sender, and you haven't already aligned yourself with another service, you might want to give Kik Messenger a try. Is it unique? No, not really, but the company seems focused on listening to feedback, growing the user base, and adding features, so it's worth keeping your eye on it.

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