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Delhi-based internet company, Hike Messenger, has introduced new features in its updated version of the app. One of the key feature is “Hike Direct”, it allows users to chat, exchange stickers and transfer photos & files of any type without the Internet or incurring data charges.

Hike Direct feature uses Wi-Fi Direct technology systems that helps establish peer-to-peer network connection between two phones.

How it works:

Hike Direct allows mobile devices to connect with one another directly within a 100 meter radius, through the telecom networks. To use Hike Direct, user needs to start a conversation with another user and choose Hike Direct from the 3 dot menu on top right of the screen. Hike then automatically pairs up with the other device. Once connected, users can chat and share files like any other messaging app.

The transfers can happen directly with a speed of up to 40Mbps. For instance, it would take less than 10 seconds on Hike Direct to transfer 100 MB of data, without any data charges.

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Users can get this feature by upgrading to the latest version of hike, version 4.0.6 and above, which is available free on the Google Play Store, starting from today. It will be available on iOS and Windows platform in coming year.

Few other features that Hike offers include access to news, Hindi news bytes, localised stickers in 30 languages, automatic sticker suggestions, group calling, group chat upto 500 members and 100 MB file sharing.

Founded in 2012 by Kavin Mittal, Hike, is a mobile app that enables its users to communicate with each other. It enables to communicate through voice calls and text messages. Besides, it also offers its users to access group chats, pin important messages, send & receive attachments and connect on both online & offline modes.

Last month, the company crossed 70 Mn users with 20 Bn messages being exchanged per month.

International players such as Whatsapp and Skype also operate in this segment.


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