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Hike Messenger adds support for 8 Indian languages

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, predic

  • Updated: December 22, 2015 3:46 PM IST
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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. Also Read - Zomato, Swiggy face outage in cities all over India: Check details

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Every single hiker will now be able to choose a local language and will see a special keyboard that they can use built specifically for that language, said Kavin Bharti Mittal, CEO and founder, hike messenger. Also Read - As COVID-19 cases spike in India, Aarogya Setu, BHIM, UMANG and more government apps to get your work done online

With this launch, people and communities can be in touch with contacts in their own native languages, defying the English language barrier generally felt in messaging apps. Multi-lingual interface ensures full app experience is in user s native language.

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The multi-lingual keyboard allows the user type in up to nine languages (including English). It also offers glide functionality at the bottom of the chat panel that lets you swap between the languages with ease. The keyboard comes packed with predictive text feature that gives user a wide array of relevant words in your native language.

Launched globally on December 12 in 2012, hike messenger crossed 70 million users as of September 2015. hike, the second largest free messaging app in the country, is available globally on iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry (BB10, S40, S60).

The press release follows:

hike messenger, India s first homegrown and fastest growing* messaging platform, will pave the way to get India online with the launch of its app in eight vernacular languages viz. Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu, on 23rd December 2015.

This launch means that people and communities across the length and breadth of India can now be in touch with their family, friends and contacts in their own native languages, defying the English language barrier, erstwhile felt in messaging apps.

This launch, available immediately on Android phones, encompasses the following features:

  • Multi-lingual interface; which means, from the moment you open the app, you can choose the language of your app. Thus your full app experience is in your native language!
  • Multi-lingual keyboard allows you type in up to 9 languages (including English). It also offers glide functionality at the bottom of the chat panel that lets you swap between the languages with ease, thus upping the fun in chatting. For a bi-lingual or multi-lingual chat experience, this is a wonderful addition!
  • The keyboard comes packed with predictive text technology that works on artificial intelligence and gives you a wide array of relevant words in your native language as you type, thus helping you save time and express better.
  • One expresses one s emotions best in one s native language. Hike s immensely addictive stickers are also available in all these languages and help you express yourself in your native language!

Commenting on the launch, Kavin Bharti Mittal, CEO & Founder, hike messenger said, Today, we re excited to launch hike in 8 local languages. For the first time ever millions of Indians will be able to seamlessly chat in their local languages only on hike. Every single hiker will now be able to choose a local language and also with it, see a special keyboard that they can use built specifically for that language. One cannot build for India without understanding the enormous diversity in the country. This is another big step towards catering to that diversity to bring India online.

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  • Published Date: December 22, 2015 3:35 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 22, 2015 3:46 PM IST



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