What you need to know
- MediaLab has acquired Kik Messenger, and has announced that Kik Messenger is here to stay.
- MediaLab has agreed an acquisition with Kik interactive to acquire the service.
- It had previously been announced that the service would close as its parent company focused on Cryptocurrency.
MediaLab has announced the acquisition of Kik Messenger from Kik Interactive, and the news that it plans to keep Kik Messenger running! Kik's parent company had previously announced plans to shut down the app to focus on cryptocurrency. Now it seems, Kik is here to stay.
MediaLab is a holding company that owns several internet brands including Whisper and Datpiff. Speaking as to the motivation to purchase Kik is said:
With regards to moving forward, MediaLab says it plans to listen to the community so it can figure out how to make the app better. However, initial ideas include larger group sizes and the ability to remove inactive admins. Performance improvements include making the app faster, more reliable and less buggy, as well as making Kik the best place to connect people who have similar interests. They also want to eradicate spam bots and unwanted messages. (who doesn't right?)
MediaLab does have some plans to pull a few features it thinks aren't well optimized:
Even though Kik Messenger is no longer owned by Kik Interactive, plans to maintain Kin integration are also sticking.
So there you have it. You can read the full presser here, but it seems that at least for now, Kik is here to stay. The app remains available to download, and whilst a few features are being rolled back to improve optimization, it should mean that Kik will be around for many years to come.
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