Although people thought it was stupid for Facebook to buy out WhatsApp when it already had its own messaging app, Mark Zuckerberg’s view for the future of both the messaging apps is quite different. However, both WhatsApp and Messenger remain the most used applications worldwide.
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But, the competitor for WhatsApp was introduced long back in 2009, called Kik. If you Google search the best alternatives for WhatsApp, you will most likely find Kik on the top of every list. Here are several reasons why Kik is the biggest competitor for WhatsApp: Acc to theguardian, KIK is the biggest alternative of whatsapp.
- More security
Kik doesn’t ask for your mobile number, unlike WhatsApp. It uses the traditional username facility as the user’s identity. Also, it does access the contact list automatically, unless it one wants to import contacts. This gives the users more secure identity and protects their contact privacy too.
- Kik Store
Kik has an integrated store in the application from where one can buy stickers, memes and games. This can be shared with your friends on Kik. Although WhatsApp also has in-app purchases, it does not have the kind of store that Kik has. This article about KIK vs All other apps sums up quite well.
- Quick Setup
For your Kik messenger to start working, all you have to do is quickly fill up the registration form, select a username for yourself and sign up for it. Once your profile is registered, tell the app to import your contacts and you can easily find them on Kik and start chatting. That is all it requires.
- Media sharing
Apart from the normal images, you can also share sketches, websites, YouTube videos and stickers on Kik. WhatsApp does not have the extra features of media sharing, but it allows you to share other things as well, such as location, contact, audio file etc.
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Both Kik and WhatsApp have some really cool emoticons to make the conversation more emotive and realistic.
Kik and WhatsApp, both have an in-app help centre where the users can get quick answers to their queries with the help of FAQs, i.e. frequently asked questions. Moreover, both the apps have their own websites to further address the user’s problems. Both the companies can be contacted easily and help is available immediately.
- App permissions
The app permissions required by WhatsApp are slightly intrusive since it accesses the contact list and possible message interception too. Kik, on the other hand has access only to your Kik account, imported contacts and location.
Thus, it is not difficult to see why Kik is WhatsApp’s biggest competitor. By providing everything that WhatsApp does and maybe a little more or less, Kik is popular among the newer generations. It is quick, easy and secure to start chatting via Kik. Another fancy feature of Kik is that one can start a group chat by simply using a hashtag. It is absolutely free and cool to chat on Kik. However, WhatsApp still remains the most preferred messaging app in the world.