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CNET Editors' review
KakaoTalk Messenger puts a really exciting spin on the free-text app by adding fun icons and a great layout. The only problem is that it doesn't really seem to have caught on very well. It has enough going for it that it might be worth sharing with your friends, though.
You can only chat with your friends if they've already signed up for KakaoTalk. During testing, it only found two people from a contact list of hundreds. For what it's worth, KakaoTalk Messenger seems to be more popular in Korea, with many top Korean celebrities having accounts. If you do find your friends, you can do a solo or group chat with them. You can also add animated icons, but many require you to fork over some real money. There are some cute ones, but a lot of them have that sickeningly-sweet Hello Kitty aesthetic. Call quality is decent, plus you can optimize the app from the settings menu. From there, you'll find some advanced notification settings and the ability to change themes. You can even create your own themes on the fly.
A chat app is only as strong as its users, and this one is lacking in that category. It makes up for it with lots of cute icons that will go over well with a certain crowd. If you can convince your friends and family to sign up for KakaoTalk Messenger, you might have a good time with it.
Kakaotalk picked as Google Android Market Top Developer! CNets No.1 Free Texting App Stable service supporting more than 30 million users Ranked No. 1 free communication application in the Android Market Group chat with unlimited number of friends Feature to add friends with their IDs as well as with their phone numbersKakaoTalk is a phone number based messenger service that allows iPhone and android users anywhere in the world to chat one-to-one or in a group for FREE. No texting overage, no texting plans, no hassles related with texting! KakaoTalk is fast, easy, and fun way of chatting with your friends globally. *FREE, UNLIMITED, GLOBAL: KakaoTalk uses WIFI or your existing data plan (3G) to let you send and receive unlimited texts, photos, videos and audios to other KakaoTalk users for FREE. No matter what country you or your friend live in, KakaoTalk works globally and there is not international charge. *NO DELAY: Send texts, photos, videos and voice notes in lightning speed. Plus, know instantly when the message is sent and read.*VOICE NOTE: Record your message with superb quality and send it to your friends with just a click. *NO HASSLE SIGNING UP: Just download KakaoTalk, enter your phone number, confirm, and youre done! Simple as that~ *ADD FRIENDS AUTOMATICALLY: No need to manually invite friends and have them approve you. Your contacts will be automatically added to your KakaoTalk friends list straight from your phonebook. *SIMPLE & EASY: KakaoTalk is ultra-easy to use.*NO ADS. Period. Latest New Feature List1. KakaoTalk emoticons which can be used both in iOS and Androids 2. Custom alert sounds 3. Voice note feature addedIf you have any feedback, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact us as http://www.kakao.com/talk/en/contactFollow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/kakaotalkKakaoTalk is called kakaotalk, katalk, , , , . (However, Cocoatalk, Cacaotalk, and Kokoatalk are all misspelled names.) More group chat members than whatsapp, Skype, google disco, Beluga of Facebook. More Android app users than kik messenger, ebuddy, MSN, yahoo messenger and AIM.Recent changes:- 14 new emoticons added- Spam report feature added- UI improvements in sending messages- Photo uploading speed improved- applied C2DM (Japan)- fixed the problem with displaying date in chatroom.- Minor bugs fixedContent rating: Medium Maturity
What's new in this version: - 14 new emoticons added- Spam report feature added- UI improvements in sending messages- Photo uploading speed improved- applied C2DM (Japan)- fixed the problem with displaying date in chatroom.- Minor bugs fixed
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"Very convenient to use but can have some improvements."
Version: KakaoTalk Messenger 2.6.0
If you're someone that wants to save money on your phone bill, this app is great for you. You can call anyone in the world for free as long as they have KaKaoTalk installed simply by sharing your KaKao ID's. This is very useful for relatives over-sea as they can just call each other on KaKaoTalk for free rather than paying a huge phone bill for an international call.
Other than an alternative to a phone, this app is also convenient when you need to IM someone, as it is very fast. You can send text, pictures, stickers, voice messages, etc. to anyone for free.
Last but not least, KaKao, is also a great Social Network service. You can share media between friends and more. KaKao also offers many social games just like Facebook.
You are required to have a mobile number that you can use for verification and free texting apps (e.g. Google Voice, Pinger, etc.) are not allowed to prevent spam.
This service also lacks a video call feature that others have.
Some users have also reported experiencing various bugs.
Overall, KaKaoTalk is a great app for anyone to check out. It can be a great alternative to calling via a traditional phone or a cell-phone as ALL calls are completely for free. The only requirement is that both parties have a KaKao ID (which is free). And lastly, this app is quite funny in many ways.
So I recommend that you all check it out!
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