Indian messaging app Hike Stickerchat has shut down its operations. The company’s chief executive officer Kavin Bharti Mittal announced the shutdown of its operations on January 6.
The app has been removed from Playstore and Apple’s App Store.
“Today we’re announcing that we will be sunsetting StickerChat in Jan’21. We thank you all for giving us your trust. We wouldn’t be here without you. All your data will be available to download in the app,” Mittal tweeted.
India won’t have its own messenger.
Both are very good. As entities they have the right incentives (more aligned with consumers) unlike FB products.
— Kavin Bharti Mittal (@kavinbm) January 10, 2021
Moreover, the company had urged its users to export their chats to another messaging app by 11:59 pm on January 14, 2021.
“You can continue to reach us on email@example.com for any issues till 15th Feb 2021,” the statement read.
The app has since been taken down from the Play Store and the App Store. The takedown came just days before alternatives for WhatsApp started gaining traction amidst a debate on recent changes to its terms and conditions. However, Mittal dispelled any musings of a what might have been for Hike, saying in a tweet that it would be impossible for any Indian messenger app to compete with the likes of Telegram or Signal.