The Kik Team has finally managed to bring the popular Kik Messenger application on Symbian smartphones. After several weeks of beta testing, the application hits Nokia Store with lots of new features
However, there’s a catch to it. Kik Messenger is only compatible with Symbian Anna and Symbian Belle smartphones.
It’s unclear why owners of Symbian^1 handsets have been left out, but, hopefully, the developers will port the application on these devices as well.
Symbian^1 smarpthones are still among the most popular, especially in emerging markets, so a successful porting on these devices will make a nice addition to Kik’s portfolio.
Directly competing with the highly-acclaimed WhatsApp application, Kik Messenger promises the similar features: chat, picture sharing, plan outings with groups.
It is also worth mentioning that this is a cross-platform application, so users will be able to communicate with their friends regardless of the phone they own.
Unfortunately, the Kik Messenger seems to be plagued by several bugs that may prevent users from installing the application from the Nokia store or registering a Kik account.
Another reported issue is said to be draining the phone’s battery within a few hours, unlike WhatsApp which allows for much more battery autonomy.
The developers are aware of some of these problems and already issued a short statement concerning one of these bugs:
“It appears there is an issue on some Symbian devices when installing Kik from the OVI store or registering a Kik account. Rebooting your phone eliminates the issue. We’re investigating the issue further. Thanks for your patience.”
However, a few users who downloaded the application are still unable to register for an account even after following the developer’s suggestion described above.
Kik Messenger is now available as a free download from Nokia Store and is compatible with all smartphones running Symbian^3, Anna and Belle.