The title of the most popular smartphone app in Japan may be on the line, but it’s still an incredibly close race between KakaoTalk, a messaging app that lets you share photos and videos with your friends and family, and KakaoTango, an Android-based video messaging app.
In Japan, KakaoChat is the most downloaded app, with an average of 9 million monthly active users and over 3.5 million daily active users.
KakaoParty, a free game where you play games with other people, is second with over 2 million daily users.
And KakaoCall, a new app launched by Kakao, is third with about 1.6 million daily user users.
But it’s not just Kakao that has a shot at the title.
Apple’s Siri is second overall, behind Kakao.
And, for those of you who love Google Now, there’s a chance you’ll see a big push in 2017, as Apple’s virtual assistant will be able to answer more questions than ever before.
KakaoParty and KakyoParty will also compete against Google Now in 2018, but Kakao is more likely to have a shot in the end.
In April, Google introduced a new feature called Google Home that will let you ask questions from your Android phone using voice commands.
While this is great for questions like, “What’s the weather like today?”, Google Home has been criticized by some users for not always being helpful.
This feature will be expanded in the future, with Google saying it will be “available on more devices in the near future.”
KakoaParty and Google Home will both be on sale in the U.S. in 2018.
Google has confirmed it plans to expand its presence in the States, and Google Play will be launching in the coming months.