the chat app that’s hugely popular among teens and young people in North America, is finally adding video chat to its service.
Rather than straight up person-to-person video calls like Apple’s Face Time, Facebook Messenger or the recently introduced Whats App feature, Kik has added a less intrusive video chat option for its 300 million-plus registered users, with support for groups of up to six.
You can expect that Kik will develop a more feature-rich product next year, taking plenty of cues from We Chat, the China-based app that pioneered mobile messaging as we know it today.
That stands to reason in particular since Tencent, We Chat’s parent company, invested in Kik at a $1 billion valuation last year.
Some of the key findings in the most recent survey related to online video calls, which are conducted by 23% of the adults who are internet users: Video calling has become increasingly available as camcorders have spread through the online environment, cameras have been built into smart phones, and as video-chat services like Skype, Google Talk, and Apple i Chat have become a feature of the online and smart phone environment.
Teleconferencing is also becoming more embedded in the business environment.
Citing a Pew Internet paper which found that school children in the U. spent less time than ever with their friends in person, Livingston said he believes Kik video chat will provide a much-used form of communication for its young userbase.