Popular mobile messaging app Kakao Talk launches for Nokia Asha users

Today the team behind KakaoTalk announced it has made its popular messaging app available for Nokia Asha devices. Owners of Nokia 500, 501, 502, and 503 devices will now be able to download KakaoTalk in countries with access to the Nokia Store. While limited to those four devices for now, Kakao states that it will expand onto more Asha devices in the future. KakaoTalk for Asha currently supports 12 languages.

Kakao Talk, the voice and text chat app from Korea with over 100 million registered users, has increased its focus on emerging markets with the launch of an app for Nokia Asha range of phones. Asha isn’t a big deal in Korea or Western markets, but the smartphone-cum-feature-phones are designed for ‘the next billion’ smartphone owners and is said to have traction in markets like India, Latin America and Africa. Emerging markets are increasingly becoming a focus for chat apps, Line launched an app for the ‘affordable’ Firefox OS in Latin America and Europe earlier this month, for example.

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