Hike is a messenger application developed for smartphones of today. The app is available on all leading mobile platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phones, etc. Hike was developed in a coalition between Bharti Enterprises and Softbank. It is well known for its latest feature of voice calling plugin, which its developers released on 26 Jan 2015, Indian Republic Day. Hike came into existence in 2012 when WhatsApp was a trend among the smartphone users. The application was developed keeping in view the Indian users and to give them a custom Indian messenger application. To make this even more appealing, Hike introduced free messages to be sent to any number in India. 100 Free messages were given to every user prior to joining the community; these could be used in a month.
Made With Love in India!
Hike is one of those famous application that has been made in India. Although there are tons of messenger applications already available in the market, still Hike has managed to attain a good position among the users. All this, owing to its excellent marketing tactics along with some innovation. Talking about the user base, it has a user base of around 15 million; according to the figures made public in Feb, 2014. The next big benchmark was set in august 2014 when the number of registered users exceeded 35 million. The company now owns Zip Phones, which has now been integrated into the hike messenger to provide free voice calling feature to its users.
Getting Started with the Community
To avail with the services of the hike messenger, you will first need to get this messenger for your device. You can select appropriate version of the application suitable for your device. Once installed, you will need to join the hike community. This is quite easy to do as your cell phone number will be used for registration. As like every other messenger application, hike also uses the same processes to get enrolled with the community. Once registered using your cell number, your cell number will be your unique ID by which users will recognise you. This works even simpler as the app will use your contacts to recognise people who are on Hike.
Interface is clean and organised neatly. To send a message, just go to the list of all available contact, select one with whom you want to chat; chat activity will open, type message and send. Besides than sending text messages there are tons of other things that you can do using Hike messenger.
- Send One to One messages.
- Group chats; can invite or joins groups.
- Send Videos, Images, Voice Notes.
- Emoticons and stickers support.
- 128 bit SSL encryption for wifi networks.
- Free voice calls using VOIP.
How to Run Hike on PC?
Hike messenger is officially available for smartphones, but to get for your Microsoft Windows based PC, you need to follow the steps listed below:
- Download Android emulator called Bluestack using this link.
- Install it on your Windows.
- Open it and look for search option in it.
- Make a search for ‘Hike’.
- Select the official link of the app from the results.
- Wait for the app to download and install itself.
You have now successfully installed Hike on your windows, now open it from “My Apps” section of Bluestack and start hiking 🙂