Hike Messenger

Send SMS messages to friends and inside groups with the Android app

  • Category:

    SMS & IM

  • Works under:

    Android 4.3 / Android 4.2.2 / Android 4.2.1 / Android 4.2 / Android 4.1.2 / Android 4.1.1 / Android 4.1 / Android 4.0 / Android 3.3 / Android 3.2 / Android 3.1 / Android 3.0 / Android 2.3

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    6.2 (315)

It wasn't that long ago that the nation of India was extremely underrepresented in terms of social media apps and other cool add-ons, but all that changes with the new Hike Messanger app for Android, which is targeted directly at Indians.

A Look Inside the Hike Messenger App

India has a staggering population of 1.3 billion, and unfortunately, many of them cannot even find regular apps to use like those of us in the west can find. Android actually has a pretty big market share in India, and many of its citizens are using these mobile devices to chat, text and compute on a daily basis. Even still, it's hard to find services that cater specifically to Indians. Take a program like WhatsApp for instance; this doesn't really cater to Indians at all. However, there's a new app on the market today, called Hike Messenger, and it's all about catering to the Indian subcontinent. Although this program is actually global, and can be used by anyone, some of its features are only available right now in India, like the free SMS messaging, which is a strong indicator that this is meant to be an Indian social app, catering more to that base.

If you like these features and options, however, do not be discouraged. You can still use it whether you're American, Canadian, English, Australian, German, etc. As long as you have an internet connection, and know someone else with the app, you can still communicate back and forth via text, video, emojis, and more. The fact that this program is tailored for Indians does not mean other people cannot use it; it just means that most people who do use it happen to be in India. But that doesn't affect you and your circle of friends.

What's Hike Really All About?

This is a very small-sized app that won't require a lot of power to use, though it operates like a legitimate program, such as WhatsApp or even Skype. You can use it to send images, video, audio, voice, and more. You can even share your location, create a full profile, and invite people into group conversations. You also get a new set of whimsical emojis that you won't find on many other services, which makes using Hike pretty fun. And if you're worried about your privacy and staying hidden, you can also choose the program's Hidden Mode to take care of that.

When downloading this app, registering is about as easy as entering your phone number. You enter your number, pick a name, add your contacts, and you're ready to use the system. Also take note that the manufacturer of this app, Bharti SoftBank, is also releasing new versions here. To date, there have been 5 million downloads, so it's quite the popular system for people looking for a good messenger service.

Pros and Cons of Hike

Pros

  • Very intuitive and easy to use
  • Can share all sorts of media
  • New and rare emojis to use
  • Group chat and private features available

Cons

  • Not exactly an original app
  • Most of the network is Indian

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