Messaging app Kik has announced a new bot store, featuring 18 new bots made in collaboration with the likes of The Weather Channel and Vine. The app is essentially giving users a quick and a hassle free way to converse over text and perform other basic tasks such as finding information, play games or get tips on anything.
“We wanted to find a way to get more out of chat without adding to the clutter or detracting from the simplicity of the experience in Kik. We’ve found that bots offer a great low-friction way to do that. There’s nothing to download, no new registration required, and you can use an interface you’re already familiar with: chat,” the company wrote in a blog post.
The messaging app will also allow developers to create their own bots that will be available in Kik’s Bot Shop. Users can search for particular bots using Find People in Kik’s search bar.
Bots are undeniably the next big thing in computing. Microsoft recently announced during its Build 2016 conference bots for its Skype platform. Even Facebook is expected to announce a bot store for its standalone Messenger app at the upcoming F8 developer conference to be held next week.