hike messenger has launched hike direct application which allows users to chat, exchange stickers, transfer photos and heavy files of any type, without internet connectivity and without incurring data charges. Hike Direct is available on Android platform and will be available on iOS, and Windows next year.
Hike Direct allows mobile phones to connect with one another directly within a 100 meter radius completely by passing the telecom networks. Users can chat and share files directly up to a speed of 40Mbps with very low latency. For example, exchanging 100MB of data would take less than 10 seconds on hike direct, more importantly without incurring any data charges, as claimed by the company.
According to the company, ”hike direct is built from the ground up with a new generation of network solutions and uses Wifi Direct technology systems that help establish peer to peer network connection between two phones. To use hike direct, users simply need to open a chat with a friend and choose Hike Direct from the 3 dot menu on top right of the screen and hike does the rest. Hike automatically pairs up with the other phone and lets you chat and share files with your friends without the internet”.
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.
The company also announced that it crossed 70 million users last month with 20 billion messages being exchanged per month making it by far the 2nd largest messaging app in the country. An average user on hike spends over 140 minutes per week on the application.