Kakao has recently upgraded its KakaoTalk for Android app, version 3.0 to the new 4.0. The company said KakaoTalk has gone through a fresh makeover with renewed designs, features, and brand identity.
The 4.0 version provides users with easier interface to start chatting as well as receiving calls and using hilarious voice filters, since it brings out menus that were previously accessed through the Android hard key buttons to the screen area, giving a more uniform experience for users.
In the chat rooms, options such as ‘notification,’ ‘invite,’ ‘leave’ and ‘setting’ that were previously accessed through the hard key menu were replicated to a soft key menu on the upper right hand of the screen, while in the ‘chats’ tab, a floating icon has been added so that users don’t have to scroll to the end of the chat room list to create a new chat room. Also, instead of having to click on the tab menu such as ‘friends’, ‘chats’, ‘find’ and ‘more’ to move from one screen to another, users can now simply swipe the screen right and left to move from one tab to the next.
Adding to the existing ‘Find a Friend’ feature, such as ‘ID Search’ and ‘QR code’, the new upgrade introduces a location sharing feature in which users can share their current locations.
“We focused on enhancing usability, discoverability of key features in KakaoTalk and user convenience through subtle but meaningful changes. We hope this update will help users discover our useful features in a quicker and more convenient manner,” and continued, “We will continue to develop our service in the forefront of the evolving Smartphone user environment and design trends.” said Kate Sohn, Vice President, Global Business Development of Kakao Corp.
Following the new Android version, now available for Malaysia, KakaoTalk for iOS (currently v.3.6.9) will be upgraded to v.4.0 within the year.[Download]– KakaoTalk for Android version 4.0