Send messages to other people across the Kakao network.
by on May 19, 2011
This app sounds fantastic in theory but in the end it’s nothing more than a load of Kakao.
The idea is sound. It offers a BlackBerry Messenger style experience, prettily optimised for iPhone and Android handsets allowing users to send free messages and multimedia content to their friends over the 3G connection and also chat in groups.
The idea is to download the free app and register your phone number. Once you do that, all of your contacts that are also using the service will automatically appear in your KakaoTalk friends list. Well out of the 200 or so contacts in our phonebook, guess how many of them are using Kakao? Yep, that’s right. A big fat zero.
The usefulness of this app is going to depend on making accords with your friends. It is, after all, very well designed and easy to use. But if you’re on Android you’re probably using Gtalk or Skype to chat with your friends already.
Reviews on the Android Market are full of horny teens asking you to add their serial numbers, so if you fancy some ChatRoulette-style action then you’re good to go.
It’s going to be difficult for Kakao to gain traction with those established systems already in place. Nice app though.
Download KakaoTalk here
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