Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No More Kik Messaging For Blackberry Users

In a recent article on GigaOMtech, I learned that the popular mobile messaging service, Kik, has been removed from Blackberry's App World. No specific details about the infractions are available at this time; however, RIM did release the following statement.

RIM became aware of a number of issues and customer concerns regarding the Kik app and service. Following discussions with Kik, the app was removed from BlackBerry App World on November 12. Upon further investigation, RIM concluded that Kik had breached contractual obligations. Based on the broad scope and seriousness of the issues and concerns, RIM terminated its agreements with Kik and withdrew RIM’s support for Kik’s service.
Clearly, this latest move by RIM will have an effect on the number of Blackberry users who have access to the mobile messaging service. Personally, I was pretty excited about having a single solution for chatting with friends on other devices.  Although, there has been little activity amongst my friends on Kik.

As of this article, Kik still advertises the apps' availability on the Blackberry, Android, iPhone, and iPod.

For Blackberry users, does this affect you at all? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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