Quantcast
Latest Stories

After ‘Koreanovela’, K-pop, now comes ‘KakaoTalk’

By

MANILA, Philippines – Prepare for another Korean invasion as Korea’s largest free mobile messaging app, KakaoTalk, is now available in the Philippines.

With 106 million users around the world as of August 6, KakaoTalk hopes to tap into the voracious social appetite of Filipinos despite the already saturated free social app market.

Tim Jang, Kakao Philippines director, cited figures from a comScore study which found that the Philippine Internet audience has grown by 22 percent since March 2012, the fastest in Southeast Asia.

“We are confident that we will be able to provide the right product at the right time to satisfy the needs of the local consumers,” Jang said.

“The country has been especially robust in the past years and we are confident that KakaoTalk will do well in such a promising environment,” he said.

Among the features of KakaoTalk are free voice calls to individuals, group call with up to five contacts, instant messaging and group chat, and animated emoticons.

The app has a unique scheduling feature that allows contacts in a group to set events and notify all the members in a group.

Sonia Im, Kakao Global PR lead, answers questions from the media during the launch of KakaoTalk in the Philippines. KakaoTalk is Korea’s biggest free social messaging app with over

A polling feature allows contacts in a group to vote on select issues set by anyone in a group.

Games can also be played using the KakaoGame feature which allows third party games to be downloaded.

Celebrities and famous brands can be added as friends in KakaoTalk’s PlusFriends feature where they can regularly update their followers on events and special promotions..

A Giftshop feature also allows users to purchase items and give them as gifts to other contacts. The recipient of the gift can then show the received item in the store to claim it.

Korean pop group Big Bang and Filipino pop singer Sarah Geronimo were tapped by KakaoTalk to endorse the product through several television commercials launched recently.

KakaoTalk is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and PCs. It is also available in 13 languages in countries all over the world.


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter




Recent Stories:

Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months 17 mins elapsed OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family 37 mins elapsed Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter 52 mins elapsed 4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home 1 hour elapsed Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land 1 hour elapsed Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation 1 hour elapsed Red-hot Alaska rips injury-depleted San Mig Coffee 2 hours elapsed Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit 2 hours elapsed
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: App market , infotech , Internet , IT , KakaoTalk , korea

  • alex ca

    kakaotalk is a chinese soft ware beware inirase ko na yan sa cell ko kasi may bug….
    ..

  • Iggy Ramirez

    Kakao, isn’t that something we could eat?

  • UrHONOR

    KAOKAO, yan ang madalas kong marinig sa aso ng kapit-bahay ko. Magiging sikat pa ‘ata si Brownie ng di oras!



Copyright © 2014,
.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement Advertisement
  1. Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  2. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  3. Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  4. Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  5. Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  6. Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  7. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  8. Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  10. Aquino may be ousted for cybercrime law, says lawmaker
  1. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  2. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  3. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  4. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory
  5. Netizens react to Pacquiao’s victory over Bradley
  6. IT technician found guilty of defrauding firm of P130,000
  7. Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  8. Philippines may watch ‘blood moon’ online
  9. Nude and so dangerous
  10. Online-addicted man arrested over son’s death
  1. #RejectedBbPilipinas2014Questions flood Twitter
  2. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  3. Netizens fall in love with Crimea prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya
  4. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  5. Nude and so dangerous
  6. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  7. Russia tries to curb Crimean prosecutor’s Internet fame
  8. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory
  9. Why didn’t missing jet passengers use their cellphones?
  10. Netizens thank Capa for Lee arrest

News

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
  • 4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home
  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
  • Pimentel wants Balikatan-type drills for PNP
  • Sports

  • Red-hot Alaska rips injury-depleted San Mig Coffee
  • Pacquiao courtesy call to Aquino set for Monday
  • Nick Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
  • Teague scores 28 as Hawks soar past Pacers in Game 1
  • Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener
  • Lifestyle

  • Angono petroglyphs in danger of disappearing
  • Britain’s baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Advertisement
    Marketplace