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Clik: Google’s Broken App Search Means We’re Invisible On Android

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A little more than a week ago, the Clik smartphone app launched, resulting plenty of press coverage and more than 100,000 downloads on iOS (at least according to Clik). But there was one area where the launch fizzled — in the Android Market, where the Clik app is apparently invisible to searches.

“Over the weekend, as we get all this hype, nobody could find our app,” says CEO Ted Livingston.

Even today, if you search for “clik” in the Market, the app doesn’t show up in the first five pages of results. (It may be hidden even more deeply than that, but that’s as far as I went.) It’s not clear what’s going wrong, but I’m guessing that the Android Market assumes you made a typo and searches for “click” instead — hence search results that are topped by “1-click cleaner.”

Whatever the reason, Livingston says Clik’s absence from Android search results “really hurt us” — on Android, the app has only seen 1 or 2 percent of the downloads that it has on iOS. The company has been tinkering with its Android Market listing and reached out to Google for help, but there’s no solution yet

“It’s pretty ironic — the king of search can’t do search,” Livingston says.

I’ve emailed Google about this post and will update if I hear back.

Clik was created by the same company as the Kik Messenger app, and it allows smartphones to play and control YouTube videos on any screen with a Web browser. (There’s more information about how it works in my initial coverage.) Livingston’s goal is to turn Clik into a platform for video, photo, music, and game services. If you’ve been searching unsuccessfully for the Android app, you can download either version of the app here.


Clik: Google’s Broken App Search Means We’re Invisible On Android

With Clik, Your Smartphone Can Control Screens Everywhere

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You’ve probably heard of Kik Messenger, a phone messaging app with the backing of Union Sqaure Ventures and RRE. It turns out Kik was just the beginning of the company’s plans — today it’s launching Clik, which is even more impressive.

Put simply, Clik can turn your phone into a remote control for any screen with a browser.

CEO Ted Livingston demonstrated the app for me earlier this week. Here’s how it works: You point your desktop browser at ClikThis.com, which generates a unique QR code. Then you open the Clik iPhone or Android app, aim the camera at the screen, and the app uses the code to figure out which device you’re trying to control. Once it’s synced up, you can select YouTube videos from your phone, and they’ll play on the screen.

The idea of turning a smartphone into a remote control isn’t new, but using Clik, the process of syncing up a phone to a screen is a ridiculously fast and easy, and it requires no extra hardware.

Once you wrap your head around the concept, what’s really impressive is the speed. When Livingston demonstrated the app, he could play videos, jump ahead, and adjust the volume instantaneously. I tried it out in the TechCrunch office, which has some of the worst AT&T reception known to man, and the lag was just 1 or 2 seconds. Apparently, Livingston and his team have had the idea for Clik for years, and they spent much of that time developing infrastructure capable of delivering that speed. In the meantime, they realized the technology could also be used to power a super-fast messaging app (namely, Kik), so the team “left Clik behind” for a little while, Livingston says.

And while the Clik app is limited to playing YouTube videos, that’s not the real vision. Instead, he says the app is more a proof-of-concept for potential partners, who may be in the video, music, photo, or games industries. Any online video service, for example, could use Clik to turn their smartphone app into a remote control for their desktop site. It’s particularly powerful because multiple phones can be synced up to a single screen — so you could challenge your friend to an online game, with both of you using your phones as controllers. Or if you’re throwing a party, you could have multiple DJs controlling the music from their phones. (On the second thought, that last scenario could turn into a disaster).

For now, you need an Internet browser for Clik to work, which rules out most TVs. Livingston said he’s currently targeting college students, who consume most of their media on computers anyway. In the long-term, however, it sounds like he has a plan for getting onto TVs too — in fact, he argues that this is a better approach to creating Internet-connected “smart” TVs. Rather than trying to build and push entirely new devices onto the market, Livingston says that with Clik, “Every screen just becomes a dumb output for your smart remote.”

You can download the iPhone and Android apps here. Clik is also starting to look at partnership requests, through the partner@clikthis.com email address.


With Clik, Your Smartphone Can Control Screens Everywhere

Kik’s Cross-Platform Messaging App Makes Its Public Debut On Symbian (Yes, Symbian)

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Kik, the cross-platform messaging app that works on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, is today publicly launching on Symbian after a month of private beta testing. The new Kik Messenger for Symbian brings improved group texting, sent, delivered, and received receipts, notifications to indicate when someone is typing, support for photo sharing, and the ability to locate your contacts who already using Kik.

But I know what you’re thinking: why Symbian?

According to Kik CEO Ted Livingston, Symbian was “a logical next step” given the app’s recent return to BlackBerry devices. The company feels that to be truly a cross-platform application, you can’t just focus on the leaders, iPhone and Android, you have to address the needs of the complete smartphone market.

Says Livington, “frankly, I think writing Symbian off is a very North American centric perspective and is quite premature. There are hundreds of millions of Symbian users globally, with millions more expected to be added to the platform with the last generations of Symbian devices.”

“That’s a huge, diverse, global group of users who are hungry to use their smartphones in new ways,” he says. “If you want to truly change the way the world communicates, you can’t ignore Symbian users.”

So there. That’s why.

It’s also not a bad strategy for user adoption, either. The problem with many of today’s messaging apps (or voice apps, video chat apps, “social” apps, etc.) is that you’re expected to use them with others, but the app doesn’t run on but one or two platforms. As an iPhone/Android household ourselves, there’s an endless frustration with today’s iOS-centric marketing focus alone. Android users are people too!, I want to scream. I can’t imagine how the poor, slighted Symbian folks must feel then. (But seriously, maybe you should upgrade.)

If you’re still a Symbian user, though, at least you now have a great new app to try. You can grab Kik from the Ovi Store here. Everyone else can get their version from the mobile Kik homepage: just click here from your phone’s browser.


Kik’s Cross-Platform Messaging App Makes Its Public Debut On Symbian (Yes, Symbian)

Kik Debuts New Symbian, Windows Phone Messaging Apps At Nokia World

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Exclusive — Kik is today launching new Symbian and Windows Phone apps at the Nokia World event in London.

The nifty cross-platform messaging app is making its debut on Symbian, albeit in private beta, and the Windows Phone 7 has been updated and redesigned specifically for version 7.5 (Mango).

Also see: Why Kik Loves Windows Phone 7 (Spoiler: It Boosts Android And iOS User Growth)

The fledgling company behind the Kik Messenger application, which is also available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry, will thus in one fell swoop expand its availability to essentially all five major mobile platforms used throughout the world.

The Symbian app, in particular, aims to expand Kik’s reach in emerging markets and regions where the platform is still popular.

Currently in private beta, the Symbian app boasts support for sent, delivered and read notifications, group chat with any kik user across all supported platform, and photo sharing.

Version 2.0 of the Windows Phone app, meanwhile, takes advantage of Mango’s new features by adding fast app switching, list scrolling, address book contact matching and other improvements.

This is what the Symbian app looks like:


Company:
Kik Interactive
Website:
kik.com
Launch Date:
October 26, 2011
Funding:
$8M

Kik Interactive develops mobile smartphone applications. This Waterloo, ON startup company is developing a mobile smartphone application that is used for sharing and connecting smartphones worldwide.

Currently released is the data mobile messenger, Kik Messenger. With sent, delivered and read receipts and “…is typing” notifications, Kik Messenger provides the best real-time chat experience on your phone. Snapshot sharing and group conversations are a perfect addition to the instant mobile messenger.

With over 3 million registrations and growing Kik…

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Kik Debuts New Symbian, Windows Phone Messaging Apps At Nokia World

Why Kik Loves Windows Phone 7 (Spoiler: It Boosts Android And iOS User Growth)

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Exclusive — Talk about a halo effect. Kik, a developer of cross-platform mobile communication apps, says something really strange happened when they launched their Windows Phone 7 application last June: user growth across the iOS and Android platform both accelerated significantly.

Turns out every registered user of the Windows Phone 7 Kik Messenger app is ‘worth’ 2.53 users (see explanation on methodology and accompanying image below).

Windows Phone’s market share may be low (according to Millennial Media, only about 2 percent of the U.S. market – PDF) but for venture capital-backed Kik, it was definitely worth launching on the platform. According to the company, Android and iOS user growth was actually 22 percent higher than anticipated following the launch of the WP7 app.

What Kik did to come up with the numbers was tracking the average user growth on iOS and Android for five weeks before the Windows Phone 7 Kik Messenger launch on June 28, 2011, and subsequently comparing this trend to the month following the launch.

The company found that, in addition to the expected average growth on Android and iOS, the platforms were experiencing that 22 percent bonus in growth as a result of the launch.

Each Windows Phone user brought an additional 1.53 users of iOS or Android, netting a total of 2.53 registered Kik users.

Concludes Kik Interactive CEO Ted Livingston:

“Windows Phone users may be a small segment of the whole, but they bring with them all their friends on other mobile platforms, creating a huge and unanticipated spike in Kik activity.

It’s time for cross-platform apps to start paying attention to Windows Phone 7.”

Who would’ve thought?


Company:
KIK INTERACTIVE
Launch Date:
2009
Funding:
$8M

Kik Interactive develops mobile smartphone applications. This Waterloo, ON startup company is developing a mobile smartphone application that is used for sharing and connecting smartphones worldwide.

Currently released is…

Learn more


Why Kik Loves Windows Phone 7 (Spoiler: It Boosts Android And iOS User Growth)