March 18, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Of all the messaging apps available, there’s a good chance that your friends are probably on Kik. This was the app that went from 30,000 to 1 million users in a few weeks and led to all of those “Add me on Kik, my name is ___” status updates you saw on Facebook. Though BlackBerry support has since been removed – and probably won’t be coming back because of a lawsuit from RIM – Kik remains one of the most popular messaging apps on Android and iPhone.
Kik supports group messaging and photo sharing, but only if all parties involved have the latest version that supports it. Kik also doesn’t just create a group and have everyone’s status-update-like messages posted all he time. Users can create those large groups for collective messaging, but you can also tap to create a smaller subset of people for conversations and then dispose of the group at any time. The combination of popularity and control makes this a good option if you just want things to be as simple as possible, but you may have to do a little extra work in making sure contacts have Kik group messaging installed.
LiveProfile is one of the first messaging apps that I’ve used for Android, and it has been nice to have for a while. Sadly, it doesn’t yet stack-up against other apps because it lacks group messaging. However, as we pointed out in our interview with LiveProfile founder Phil Karl, plenty of features are on the way.
For now, LiveProfile is appealing because of its speed. In one-on-one conversations, you get practically real-time conversations. Type a message and you’ll see an instant indication that it was received. You can also share photos or videos directly in the conversation window and switch between conversations at ease. A BlackBerry version should launch shortly to make LiveProfile an even better app.