Hike just found a way to reach more people in India than WhatsApp

IndiaTech 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.

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Hike messenger to now support 8 Indian languages

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Hike messenger, India’s first home-grown messaging platform, is launching its app in eight vernacular languages. The app will be launched on Wednesday with improved user interface, keyboard, predictive texts and stickers in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu, the company said in a statement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/apps/Hike-messenger-to-now-support-8-Indian-languages/articleshow/50286149.cms

Hike users can now send messages without internet

IndiaTimes 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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/apps/Hike-users-can-now-send-messages-without-internet/articleshow/49274446.cms

Hike Messenger adds free voice calling

IndiaA few weeks after the acquisition of US-based voice-calling company Zip Phone, India’s Hike today announced its free voice calling feature that works over 2G, 3G, or wifi. Hike’s voice calling is now in beta on the Android version of the app; it’ll arrive on iOS and Windows phones by the end of this quarter.  With the slow mobile internet in India and a small percentage of mobile users accessing 3G and 4G, Hike aims to please the mass market with the app’s low bandwidth consumption.

https://www.techinasia.com/hike-voice-calling/

Indian messenger Hike acquires Y Combinator’s Zip Phone to add free voice calling

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.

https://www.techinasia.com/indian-messenger-hike-acquires-combinators-zip-phone-add-free-voice-calling/

Hike and WeChat fill TVs with commercials, but WhatsApp stays on top with 70 million active users in India

Asian messaging apps like Hike of India, Line from Japan, and WeChat from China have been making big inroads into a growing smartphone crowd – but the big daddy of them all WhatsApp remains comfortably perched on top in India. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) -owned WhatsApp now has 70 million active users (MAUs) in India, out of a total global user base of 600 million. WhatsApp’s business head Neeraj Arora announced the latest figures at the INK Conference in Mumbai, PTI reported.

https://www.techinasia.com/whatsapp-stays-on-top-70-million-active-users-india/

Hike calls out to ex-Yahoo engineers with offers

NEW DELHI: India’s only home bred instant messenger app Hike has called out to former Yahoo engineers with employment opportunities at the company which is fast expanding operations, even offering free iPads to those who get selected.  “One of the biggest issues we’re facing is not being able to develop killer, awesome features in Hike, fast enough,” the company said in a blog post.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/hike-calls-out-to-ex-yahoo-engineers-with-offers/articleshow/44838110.cms

Messaging app Hike aims to reach 100 million users next year

NEW DELHI: Targetting youth under 25, instant messaging application hike messenger is aiming to reach 100 million customers by the end of next year.  “We have reached a user base of 35 million in August, with 15 million additions in just two months, and are targetting to reach 100 million in the next 12-18 months,” Hike Founder and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal told PTI.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42633681.cms

Hike gets fresh $65M funding to take on WhatsApp in India

Free messaging app Hike, the Indian answer to WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat, has just raised its largest round of funding: US$65 million led by Tiger Global Management. Bharti SoftBank (BSB), a joint venture of Bharti Enterprises and Japan’s Softbank Corporation, also participated in the latest round. Earlier, Hike had raised US$7 million in 2013, and another US$14 million in April 2014 from BSB.

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Instant messenger app Hike gets $65 million from Tiger Global, other investors

NEW DELHI: About a decade and half after Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Airtel raised $60 million from Warburg Pincus, Hike, the instant messenger app company founded by his son Kavin, has raised $65 million from foreign investors led by New York-based Tiger Global.  “I raised my first $60 million at age 42, Kavin has done it at 26. Sign of a changing India. A youthful and tech savvy India. A big congratulations to Kavin and his stellar team at Hike,” Sunil Mittal told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/instant-messenger-app-hike-gets-65-million-from-tiger-global-other-investors/articleshow/40959805.cms

Hike grabs no. 1 spot from WhatsApp on Google Play, iOS App Store in India

Free messaging app Hike, the Indian answer to WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat, has reached the number one spot on the Google Play Store in India, toppling WhatsApp and Facebook. It had also grabbed the top spot on the iOS App Store last week, and is now number three on Windows Marketplace as well. “Again, ahead of WhatsApp,” points out Kavin Bharti Mittal, who directs strategy at Hike.

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