Back in July, we embarked on an awesome journey. A journey where we started co-building crucial elements of our app, with our users!
One such project is the hike sticker creation! We built the character with the idea and support of our hikers across cities. And it was an instant hit in the market! Today, it’s the most shared sticker pack in our app!
Our sticker pack was built after multiple rounds of focus group discussions. We spent days & nights sketching and re-sketching! No wonder it was such an instant hit! After all, you built it, for you and millions of more users!
Today, yet again, we seek your support by participating in a contest to give a name to our character. The best part; you stand a chance to win an iPad!
Submit your entries now - http://hike.in/nameme/
Today we’re extremely excited to announce the all new hike for BlackBerry OS 5,6,7. Simpler, faster and even more beautiful. We’re calling it hike v2.5.
Our first version for BB was not up to the mark. It wasn’t near ‘hike quality’. We shipped out a product that should’ve never been in the market. We apologise. But we learn fast.
Here’s whats new:
A brand new User Experience
We decided to redo the entire hike experience on BlackBerry from the ground up. Its now easier and so much quicker to send messages and also navigate through the application. You have one tab each for Chats, Friends and Settings. Messaging has never been this easy on a BlackBerry.
A significant Performance Boost
We’ve spent a lot time drastically improving the overall responsiveness of the app. Not only is messaging faster but the app feels a lot quicker as well. You can now jump in and out of chats quickly and browse friends with ease without having to worry about the app hanging or slowing down.
All new Stickers!
We’ve added our most popular sticker set to BlackBerry! You can now share these with ease with your friends. We’ve also made it super easy to send stickers. Stickers now have its very own button in chat. One tap and you’re good to go!
Thats the new hike for BlackBerry. You’ll absolutely love it. You can download the app here.
We’ve been rolling out updates after updates, to almost every platform! And we’re super thrilled to announce another big one – Stickers on S40!
Here’s what’s new:
- Stickers, Stickers, Stickers: Share our awesome new stickers with friends! There is no better way to express yourself.
- New Emoticons: Share hilarious emoticons and make your chats more fun!
- Photos, Videos and more: Send images, audio and videos files!
- Profile Pic: Put up your profile pic! Best face forward
- Group Chat: Why chat with one, when you can group chat with all! Create groups of up to 20 friends! And create unlimited number of Group Chats! The best part, you can even add to your groups, those friends who’re not on hike or don’t even have a smartphones.
Download the all new hike for S40 now – http://bit.ly/12exCLD
Compatible Devices: Full Touch Asha Series (305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311)
Today, we’re extremely happy to bring to you an iOS version of hike that is blazing fast! Two months ago we decided to re-build hike from ground up. The goal? To make it super fast. Here’s what we were able to achieve:
- Faster Messaging: Now up to 10x faster messaging especially on Edge, GPRS. Less waiting, more messaging!
- Silky Butter Smooth: We’ve added loads of buttery performance enhancements to make the app as smooth as butter. The app flies, especially on the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S.
- Stickers: Our most popular sticker set has finally, but stubbornly made it onto our iOS. We can’t wait for you to try them out!
- New Emoticons: Rajnikant, an auto and plenty more of his crew have now squeezed their way onto our emoticon set
- Group Chat: Now supports 50 people! Get your entire gang on!
- Notifications: Better, more reliable real-time push notifications.
- UI: Loads of UI changes and Bug fixes under the hood
We’re thrilled about what we were able to achieve in just 2 months and we can’t wait for you to try the new version out. There is no doubt you’re going to love this one.
Next up. iOS7
Download the app now - http://bit.ly/T6Pvpq
For the one’s with kids – working parents means moms rushing back home to be with the little ones and the dads skipping team outings (not again!) to pick up their young ones from dance or cricket academy. This is their story day after day, throughout the year. Playing both parts to perfection – of being a ‘Parent’ and ‘BSBian’
On this children’s day, we thought of thanking the parents. And being BSB, how could we not do it differently? We announced 14th Nov as “kids@work” day When parents did not have worry about rushing to their kids, as they would be right next to them @ work!
The day could not have been planned. With kids around, can anything be planned? They have an agenda to turn everything upside down! It was a roller–coster of surprises, fun, noise, toys, colors and what not.
At the outset, it looked like a usual day, macs booting, people sipping their morning coffee, catching up on emails… and – then it happened !!!
“Mummmyyyyyyy” was the scream that broke the morning glum, all heads turning in that direction bringing a broad smile on every face, looking at the “mom” (the colleague they see on comp serious & coding all day) running behind a toddler, struggling and trying to catch up – it was a new sight and side of the ‘mom’ colleague to watch. One by one many more pretty faces started popping, in frocks, headbands, cartoon t-shirts, before we knew, the office had become a chaotic but fun playground, and we BSBians, parents or not, were part of it – back to our kindergarden days.
Movies, dancing, and coloring, the colors it seemed were meant more for eating than for the drawing book Within a short span of time, all kids, parents and others (still recovering from shock of their new found title of ‘uncle & aunty’ – lol ) had all become ONE BIG BSB FAMILY.
While this was the pretty scene in all the three offices, our Bangalore team went one step further and hosted lunch, games and coloring event for the kids who are not as blessed to have their parents around them. The BSB team was touched by the skit they presented on ‘save forest’ and overwhelmed to play their parents for one day !!!
This was our small effort to thank the parents who are integral part of BSB, and also meet their kids who wait in the evenings to spend time with them to listen to a bed time story
Many thanks to all the lovely parents!