Tech in Asia — We’re ringing in 2016 in under 10 days, but Hike’s not quite finished with 2015 yet. After a slew of growth announcements this year, including new features and hints that it might be making a move to become more of a WeChat-like multi-purpose messaging app, Hike has managed to squeeze in another news item to its list. Today, India’s homegrown instant messenger announced the launch of its app in eight Indian vernacular languages.
Times of iIndia — NEW DELHI: Instant messaging platform Hike messenger on Thursday launched a new feature named Hike Direct which will allow the app to function without an internet connection and also said that it has reached a user base of over 70 million. “At a point of time in the country where several people are yet to come online, hike Direct will connect users in a never before seen revolutionary way.
India’s homegrown instant messenger Hike has just acquired US-based voice-calling company Zip Phone, a Y Combinator startup. Hike is planning to launch free voice calling soon, and this first acquisition by the Indian company is a step in that direction. “Our mission from the get go has been to bring India online and we believe communication is at the center of that. With voice calling, we’re taking one more step towards that mission,” says Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and CEO of Hike.