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What is the Kik Messenger application?

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Kik is a free instant messaging application available on most smartphone operating systems, as of November 2014. It allows users to send texts, photos, videos, links and other media using a Wi-Fi connection or service plan data.

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Kik was developed in 2009 by University of Waterloo students and released in 2010. It was designed to look and function similarly to the BlackBerry messaging application. Promotional work done via Twitter helped the application reach one million users within two weeks. Later that year, the application was removed from BlackBerry's app store, and the company sued for copyright infringement. As of November 2014, Kik is available for iOS, Windows and Android phones but not BlackBerry phones.

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