Hike messaging app pulled down from Google Play Retailer and Apple App Retailer- Expertise Information, Gadgetclock
FP TrendingJan 18, 2021 16:57:43 IST
Hike messaging app or Hike Sticker Chat has been shelved citing incapacity to compete with international messaging apps. The free cross-platform on the spot messaging software was launched in 2012 and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal introduced earlier this month that they are going to be drawing the curtains quickly. In a tweet made on 6 January, Mittal mentioned: “At the moment we’re saying that we are going to be sunsetting StickerChat in Jan’21. We thanks all for giving us your belief. We wouldn’t be right here with out you”. He added that the agency was being reimagined as ‘Vibe and Rush’ which could have Hike’s particular emojis and its identify: Vibe by Hike.
2/ First off → HikeLand.
Final month I spoke about 30K new friendships are being shaped each month on HikeLand.
In 2021, we’ll double down. Nevertheless in a brand new avatar.https://t.co/iaJkLEG5M2
— Kavin Bharti Mittal (@kavinbm) January 6, 2021
Whereas Vibe might be an “approval-only group”, Rush goes to be a “bite-sized gaming service”. It’s to be famous right here that Vibe by Hike was beforehand generally known as HikeLand.
A number of days later, Mittal declared that “India gained’t have its personal messenger”. His feedback come whereas your entire nation was erupting over the brand new privateness coverage of WhatsApp, a messaging app utilized by nearly all of Indians. After the information of its privateness coverage unfold, folks have been urging everybody to shift to different apps like Telegram and Sign. This backlash in the end led WhatsApp to delay their new coverage by three months.
Mittal additionally wrote that world firms like Telegram and Sign had been too robust and until India bans international companies, it’s tough for homegrown apps like Hike to make an impression. He opined that each Sign and Telegram had been higher than Fb-owned firms (WhatsApp) as entities.
India gained’t have its personal messenger.
Each are superb. As entities they’ve the fitting incentives (extra aligned with customers) in contrast to FB merchandise.
— Kavin Bharti Mittal (@kavinbm) January 10, 2021
Now the app Hike Sticker Chat is now not accessible to obtain from each the Google Play Retailer and the Apple App Retailer. Whereas no readability has been given behind the closing down of the app, customers of Hike Messenger can get their conversations and information downloaded from throughout the app itself.