Hike Messenger is now upgraded into new interface 5.0 .Its completely redesigned with so much of new feature which include new wallet feature, payment through UPI etc..
Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO Speech
- Hike 5.0 is the biggest update we’ve released in the history of Hike.
- Hike 5.0 is our most ambitious step in that direction till date
- We’ve worked closely with over 100 of our top hikers to build 5.0.
- It’s been built by our users for our users.
- With App themes, Night theme and Magic Selfie Hike 5.0 is packed with some incredibly personal touches that are meant to delight our users.
- With Hike 5.0 you can personalize your Hike world.”
REDESIGNED HIKE 5.0
Detailing availability of the update, Hike 5.0 and its features will be rolled out to all Android and iOS users by Sunday – right now, only 5 percent of users have received the update. Notably, the new Hike Wallet feature will make its way to Android with the 5.0 update, however, the iOS app will only get it by July-end.
Features & Modifications
Let’s start with the new features introduced in Hike 5.0. The company says Hike Messenger now has brand new colors and fonts. Moods can now be set as profile photos, while the old Timeline feature has made a return, and in addition to disappearing Stories, users can now post text, photos, and videos on their timeline that stay forever. Likes on posts can now be expanded to see the people who have liked it.
Other new features of Hike 5.0 include the Magic Selfie (machine learning based beautification feature), Text to Stickers (supported by all regional languages), App Themes (such as Blue, Zen, Night), Chat Themes, and Auto Night Mode. Hike also says that multiple likes are now possible on a single post by a single user.
UPI PAYMENT OPTION
Finally, let’s come to the new payments and wallet features of Hike. Using UPI, Hike Wallet users can perform instant bank to bank transfers. This works for those recipients who are not on Hike. For those without a bank account, money transfers can be performed within the wallet itself. The company has roped in YES Bank as its banking partner.
In a statement, the company touted how Hike could help boost UPI adoption in India. “With more than 100 million registered users currently on Hike Messenger, this launch makes Hike the largest UPI based platform in India overnight,” it said.
New Blue Packets Feature
Money transfers can be initiated with Blue Packets. Detailing this, Hike says “users can choose from over 10 different beautifully crafted envelopes and also add a personalized message to it to celebrate those special occasions. A Blue Packet can be sent to an individual or even a group of friends. If you give Blue Packets to a group of your friends, you can have a little fun and select how many people in the group should get it. It works on a first come first serve basis and a Blue Packet when sent expires in 24 hours.” In group chats, the Blue Packet option has a ‘Surprise’ option for the first opener of the packet.
Apart from money transfers, Hike 5.0 now supports prepaid recharges and postpaid bill payments. Other changes and new features being touted by the company include 128-bit SSL encryption, and performance improvements alongside a reduction of the app size from over 40 MB to around 25 MB.