Hike 5.0 Brings Redesigned Interface and Wallet Feature With UPI-Based Payments

Hike Messenger on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi unveiled a completely redesigned offering with the introduction of Hike 5.0. Apart from a complete revamp, the company also launched the Hike Wallet feature, complete with UPI-based payments.

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 v5.0 update, however, the iOS app will only get it by July-end.

Let’s start with the new features introduced in Hike 5.0. The company says Hike Messenger now has brand new colours 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.

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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.

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 personalised 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.

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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 40MB to around 25MB.

Speaking on the launch, Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike Messenger, said, “Over the last 6 months, we’ve been working to bring a brand new experience to our users with one question in mind – How do we take all the things that users love about Hike and make it even better? Hike 5.0 is our most ambitious step in that direction till date… Hike 5.0 is the biggest update we’ve released in the history of Hike. 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 personalise your Hike world.”

 

Hike 5.0 Brings Redesigned Interface and Wallet Feature With UPI-Based Payments

Hike Messenger on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi unveiled a completely redesigned offering with the introduction of Hike 5.0. Apart from a complete revamp, the company also launched the Hike Wallet feature, complete with UPI-based payments.

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 v5.0 update, however, the iOS app will only get it by July-end.

Let’s start with the new features introduced in Hike 5.0. The company says Hike Messenger now has brand new colours 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.

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.

Hike 5.0 Brings Redesigned Interface and Wallet Feature With UPI-Based Payments

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.

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 personalised 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 40MB to around 25MB.

Speaking on the launch, Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike Messenger, said, “Over the last 6 months, we’ve been working to bring a brand new experience to our users with one question in mind – How do we take all the things that users love about Hike and make it even better? Hike 5.0 is our most ambitious step in that direction till date… Hike 5.0 is the biggest update we’ve released in the history of Hike. 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 personalise your Hike world.”

 

Verizon Brings Back The Basic Flip Phone With 4G-Only LG Exalt LTE

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Gone are the glory days of the flip phone, but Verizon is bringing it back with the 4G-only LG Exalt LTE with HD voice.

Smartphones with huge displays and no physical keyboards are all the rave these days, but there was a time when mobile phones served far fewer functions and were more basic. Flip phones made waves when they first hit the scene ages ago, sporting tiny screens that seem ridiculous in comparison with today’s massive displays. Nevertheless, although smartphones have since taken over, the flip phone lives on and every now and then, we see a new model hit the scene.

LG has upgraded the flip phone with its new Exalt LTE, and Verizon is bringing it to market as its very first basic phone to ditch the older CDMA network in favor of the faster 4G LTE.

Verizon LG Exalt LTE Flip Phone

Verizon is now selling the 4G-only LG Exalt LTE at $168 outright, or $0 down and $7 per month for 24 months. The device not only supports 4G, but it also packs some enhancements that should improve the quality of phone calls.

The LG Exalt LTE comes with HD voice for higher-quality audio when calling a supported Verizon phone, as well as Wi-Fi calling support in case cellular signal is poor or non-existent.

While neither Wi-Fi calling nor HD Voice has been available on Android phones and iPhones for a good while now, this marks the first time these features become available on a basic flip phone from Verizon.

LG Exalt LTE Specs

The LG Exalt LTE has a 3-inch display with a modest resolution of 400 x 240 pixels, big tactile buttons, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a high-fidelity speaker, 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 1,470 mAh battery that should last for up to 10 days in standby.

“Exalt LTE unfolds to reveal a spacious, colorful 3.0-inch screen, one of the biggest available in any flip phone,” says Verizon. “A bigger screen makes it easier to read text, browse, or view pictures.”

The phone features a minimalist design and a sturdy build, with large buttons that are easy to dial and use. Hearing assistance makes the sound clearer even in noisy environments, while the baked-in text-to-speech functionality reads messages out loud if users so prefer.

It’s obviously a basic phone with meager specifications, but it could be good for elder users who can’t quite grasp smartphones, or as a backup phone for when your smartphone dies. It may not support the modern applications we’ve gotten used to, but it will serve as a reliable phone for calling and texting, and 4G LTE speed is a big plus.

The LG Exalt LTE can also serve as a mobile hotspot if you need to connect other devices to the internet, which makes things even sweeter. At $170, it’s not the cheapest basic phone out there, but its LTE connectivity and advanced calling features might be worth it.

Would you be interested in the new LG Exalt LTE flip phone? Let us know in the comments section below.