Kakao has of recent added a video chat function to its KakaoTalk instant messaging app in a move that could out the attention of users away from Skype and Google’s Hangouts. It was stated by the company that the VideoCall of the app would allow for video chatting on the communication platform, supported on both the iOS and Android operating systems.
For the time being, the video chatting feature is provided for users who are in Korea, meaning that the service could later be extended abroad.
When users open the profile page of their friends and press the FREE CALL button, they can make video calls. The VideoCall menu can as well be located in the chat room menu positioned on the left of text box of the KakaoTalk messaging app.
The company said that the fact that Kakao video chat comes with four different types of image filters, makes it a distinguishing feature. In addition, the company stated further that it expects the addition of the one-on-one call function to augment closeness among its users.
The lead project manager of KakaoTalk, Derrick Park affirmed that their hope for the inclusion of VideoCall feature in the application will boost intimacy among family, friends and other important users, allowing them new and bright connection.
The lead project manager also emphasized that the philosophy of Daum Kakao is putting the needs of their users first to improve their communication experience, and the company will continue to follow it without fear or favor.
Once users have updated the platform, they can gain access to the new function.
In another development, Daum Kakao has also launched a video sharing and streaming service known as KakaoTV for its newest version of the KakaoTalk. This new feature will let people share and watch clips in the chat rooms of KakaoTalk as well as provides different kinds of movies and programs.
The KakaoTV that can be found in the menu section is premeditated to give tailored video content that might be suitable for different interests of users. This new update also includes an enhanced back-up system. Hence, users can repossess their chat logs later, if they mistakenly press the Chat Backup button or even delete the messenger and reinstall it.
However, KakaoTalk needs to be installed under the same operating system and phone number, for it to work properly. In addition, users need to restore the chat history within three days following the day the app is reinstalled to protect privacy.
Daum Kakao has launched KakaoTaxi (taxi riding app), KakaoPay (payment system) and KakaoStyle (a shopping platform) among others. The company is also scheduled to inaugurate KakaoTalk #Search that will give users the chance of carrying out online searches from KakaoTalk chat rooms directly.