She declined to say what value investors gave Hike in the latest fund-raising round.
“India has a big population and low smartphone penetration, so it will obviously become a big market,” Justin Lee, a Seoul-based analyst with BNP Paribas SA, said by phone.
The free app has more than 20 million users in a market with more than 1 billion mobile subscribers.
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However, bonding, as measured by both self-report and affiliation cues, differed significantly across conditions, with the greatest bonding during in-person interaction, followed by video chat, audio chat, and IM in that order.
Compared with other participants, those who used video chat more frequently reported greater bonding with friends through video chat in our study.
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A mere two hours later, I tend to log call two, using my mom for someone to talk to on my walk home from an exercise class.
“It’s me,” I’ll trumpet into my mom’s ear, totally disregarding the fact that I’m bothering her at work.
Considerable research on computer-mediated communication has examined online communication between strangers, but little is known about the emotional experience of connectedness between friends in digital environments.
However, adolescents and emerging adults use digital communication primarily to communicate with existing friends rather than to make new connections.
“Most Indian parents want to know what their children are doing with their phones,” said Sahni.
“My parents sit behind me on the couch and look over my shoulder.
With Hike, I can just close the application and restart and the hidden chats are gone. I can read them whenever I want.” Smartphone apps that allow free messaging and voice calls have become one of the hottest areas of competition among Internet companies as the services eat into wireless carrier revenue from traditional calls and texts.