Indias very own messenger, hike is shutting down

After WhatsApp released their new TOS and data usage policy, people debated and suggested the Signal app as a better alternative to WhatsApp. Among all these ongoing scenarios, hike messenger, which was once a top-rated messaging service in India, announced that they would shut down their services on 14th January 2020.

On 6 January 2021, hike messenger users received the following message:

Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Today we’re announcing that after so many years of helping you deepen friendships, we will be shutting down Hike Sticker Chat at 11.59pm on 14th Jan, 2021. We thank you for creating amazing memories with us on Hike Sticker Chat and giving us your love and trust for so many years We wouldn’t be here without each and every one of you. Our Hike journey moves to 2 new exciting apps and we sincerely hope you will join us on the next chapter in our journey!

As per the message, it’s clear that they are shutting hike messenger or Hike Sticker Chat on 14th January 2021. hike messenger founder Kavin Bharti Mittal tweeted about this, and one Twitter user with Twitter handle @raist99 angrily asked why they are going to shut down hike messenger. Kavin Mittal replied that they are shutting down the service because not many people are using hike messenger these days.

Follow these tweets for the whole conversation.

Apart from the questions, there were suggestions. Many suggested to keep hike messenger running and use this ongoing rage against WhatsApp to capitalize and market hike as an Indian alternative to WhatsApp. Kavin responded that it’s all temporary.

Past of Hike Messenger

hike messenger was one of the biggest startups back in the days. It reached a $1.4 billion valuation in less than 4 years and became the youngest successful startup and a unicorn. In August 2016, hike messenger raised $175 million from Tencent and Foxconn. Foxconn is a company that manufactures parts for Apple iPhones. According to Financial Times, hike messenger crossed the 100 million user mark in January 2016.

Story by Abhishek Verma, follow him on Twitter. Thanks, Mayank Parmar for the tip, you can follow him on Twitter for Windows related updates.

Abhishek Verma is a tech enthusiast and freelance tech journalist. He has been writing about technology for 4 years. He is passionate about every aspect of technology, especially Android. Abhishek’s articles have been referred by India Today, 360Gadgets, Times of India, MacRumors, AndroidPolice, AndroidAuthority, BGR, Zee News, and many more.

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