How To Message All Your Friends With Kik's Newly Revamped iPhone App

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Kik, the BlackBerry Messenger-like service for iPhone and Android, has made the jump into group messaging like many of its rivals.

It also announced an $8 million round of funding from RRE, Union Square ventures, and Spark Capital.

Last week we told you about the big names emerging in the mobile messaging world. But until now, Kik was lagging behind the others without the ability to initiate group chats. The new version will allow you to create groups of up to 10 people and share photos.

Unfortunately, Kik is missing a feature for finding friends by location or starting group calls. We hope they add that soon in order to keep up with the competitors.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kik, the app scans your phone’s address book for other Kik users and allows you to send them instant messages. Just like BBM, you get confirmation when a your message has been sent and viewed.

We took a look at Kik’s updated app today. Check our tour of it below. You can download it for free for Android and iPhone.

Here's Kik's icon. Tap to open.

The first screen you'll see is your conversation history. Let's find some new people to chat with. Tap the contacts icon on the bottom left.

Here are your contacts. Tap the plus button at the top left to add more.

Kik will deliver results for all your friends who use the service. When you find one you want to chat with, tap his or her name.

Tap the plus sign to add a photo to your message. You can choose one of emoticons or tap the camera icon to take a new photo.

Whoops! Our friend hasn't updated her Kik app yet, so she can't receive the photo. Kik sent her a kind reminder that the update is ready. Now Let's start a group chat. Tap the icon in the top right corner.

Tap the plus button to add more Kik contacts to your group chat. You can have up to 10 people in a group.

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