KakaoTalk 4.0 for Android Now Available!
Meet the more sophisticated and user friendly KakaoTalk
• KakaoTalk version 4.0 with a focus on service usability, accessibility to hidden functions, and emphasis on brand identity
• A makeover in design to lead the quickly evolving mobile OS user interface and design trends and in product experience across different OS more uniform
• Newly transformed KakaoTalk brand identity with improved readability and esthetic elements to be adopted
Kuala Lumpur, September 18, 2013 – Kakao announced the release of a freshly upgraded version of KakaoTalk, a global mobile messenger boasting more than 110 million users worldwide. Graduating from v3.0 and leaping onto v4.0, KakaoTalk has gone through a fresh makeover with renewed designs, features, and brand identity. The update falls in line with Kakao’ service philosophy of developing and evolving continuously with users at the core, by staying true to user feedback and focusing mainly on improving user convenience.
The 4.0 version provides users with easier interface to start chatting as well as receiving calls and using hilarious voice filters, since it brings out menus that were previously accessed through the Android hard key buttons to the screen area, giving a more uniform experience for both Android and iOS users.
In the chat rooms, options such as ‘notification,’ ‘invite,’ ‘leave’ and ‘setting’ that were previously accessed through the hard key menu were replicated to a soft key menu on the upper right hand of the screen, while in the ‘chats’ tab, a floating icon has been added so that users don’t have to scroll to the end of the chat room list to create a new chat room. Also, instead of having to click on the tab menu such as ‘friends’, ‘chats’, ‘find’ and ‘more’ to move from one screen to another, users can now simply swipe the screen right and left to move from one tab to the next.
Adding to the existing ‘Find a Friend’ feature, such as ‘ID Search’ and ‘QR code’, the new upgrade introduces a location sharing feature in which users can share their current locations.
The new design places extra emphasis on the brand identity of KakaoTalk. Users will be greeted with a new splash screen upon upgrade, with a more voluminous brand identity that enhances readability and a sophisticated look. Yellow, KakaoTalk’s representative color, is also more visible across the service. The status message on users profile and the ‘add’ buttons for Plus Friends have adopted a yellow touch, to subtly strengthen KakaoTalk’s image. Another obvious change is the group chat room profile image. For group chat rooms with three or more members, the profile images of participating friends are tiled as a collage on the profile picture area. A maximum of four pictures are displayed at a time.
“We focused on enhancing usability, discoverability of key features in KakaoTalk and user convenience through subtle but meaningful changes. We hope this update will help users discover our useful features in a quicker and more convenient manner,” and continued, “We will continue to develop our service in the forefront of the evolving Smartphone user environment and design trends.” said Kate Sohn, Vice President, Global Business Development of Kakao Corp.
Following the Android version, KakaoTalk for iOS (currently v.3.6.9) will be upgraded to v.4.0 within the year.
About Kakao Corp
is the developer of KakaoTalk, the mobile messenger application. Established in 2006, Kakao has solidified its position as the leader in the global mobile platform industry, expanding its services beyond messaging to mobile platform encompassing games, digital contents, marketing and commerce. Kakao’s mission is to build a mobile ecosystem at the global scale, offering win-win solutions for third-party partners.
KakaoTalk is a free mobile messenger app with more than 110 million users from 230 countries that allows users to send and receive unlimited calls and texts anywhere around the world. Its main features include group chats with unlimited number of friends, free group calls, coupons, games, and digital items (animated emoticons, themes). Available in 13 different languages, KakaoTalk is a cross-platform messenger that supports Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows OS and Bada.