It should come as no surprise that Kik, a cross-platform messaging application that specifically lobbies as a replacement to Blackberry Messenger (BBM) has been pulled out of App World.
Kik currently has a user base of over 2 million users and is available on iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. It boasts real time textingthat features delivery, read and replied status notifications and is completely free of charge. The application was removed on Friday and RIM has not indicated the reason for the removal nor a timeline for re-introduction or approval of reinsertion into their online application store, App World.
Similar applications have been approved and are available for download, such as WhatsApp and PingChat. Whether this is a security/privacy concern or an attempt to stifle competition is unknown, only time will tell when RIM indicates what the reasoning was.