Few things have evolved as much as text messaging within the past couple of years. While cell phones used to be devices primarily for calling others (and occasionally using the handy built-in calculator), they have quickly become a way to be in constant communication with loved ones throughout the day.
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KakaoTalk, a wildly popular messaging app, makes texting even more dynamic. Emoticons are half the fun of texting – sometimes words fall short of strong emotions and you need a little help!
KakaoTalk takes emoticons one step further with the KakaoTalk Friends. The Friends are an intriguing bunch that can help you bring laughter and life to your messages with their very different and complex personalities. Whether you are happy about getting a promotion at work, looking forward to a movie date, or excited about your most recent Korean lesson, there’s a KakaoTalk Friend perfect for spicing up your texts. Read on to find out more about the Friends – you might be surprised at some of their backstories! We’ve included the character’s names in Hangul, the Korean alphabet for you. If you can’t read Hangul yet it is possible to learn in just ninety minutes, so what are you waiting for?
KakaoTalk Friend #1 – Groovy Jay-G
With Groovy Jay-G (제이지), there’s definitely more than meets the eye. Sure, on the surface he’s a suave secret agent with an insanely cool afro and a freshly pressed suit. However, behind his daytime exterior, by night he is a groovy pop star dropping beats and performing his heart out! He idolizes the always cool Jay-Z and loves to have a good time.
Do you have a passion you’re pursuing after you’re done with your 9 to 5? Are you the cool and collected one in your group of friends? If so, Jay-G is the KakaoTalk Friend to help you bring your texts to life!
KakaoTalk Friend #2 – Tube
Tube (튜브) is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the KakaoTalk Friends. On the surface, he is a meek, friendly duck who doesn’t like standing up to others to get his point across. He has tiny feet that make him a little self-conscious, so he wears a pair of flippers to change up his appearance.
Tube stays a mild feathered friend until something scary happens – then, out of nowhere, his alter ego takes over! Tube’s alter ego is a Hulk-like green duck that doesn’t back down and readily expresses anger. If you tend to be a dynamic person who can quickly go from calm to angry when a situation gets intense, Tube is perfect for you! Use him in your texts to get your friends on the same page.
KakaoTalk Friend #3 – Frodo
Frodo (프로도) is one of the more complex Kakao Friends. Sure, on the surface he’s a spoiled dog from the big city who can get a little bossy. He loves the finer things in life – if it glitters, Frodo will love it! However, just below the surface he’s not quite as confident as he may seem. He wasn’t always the wealthy urbanite and tends to be a bit embarrassed about his less-than-glamorous background. If you’re feeling something a little too complex for words alone, Frodo is the KakaoTalk Friend who can help you get your feelings across with a well-placed emoticon.
KakaoTalk Friends #4 – Neo
Neo (네오) is a sleek and suave urban cat with a haircut that deserves to be on the cover of a fashion magazine – and she knows it! Neo is a beauty who doesn’t need to be told twice about how lovely she is. However, as you can imagine, this means that she can get pretty bossy with the other Friends. She knows she deserves the best, which is why she’s with Frodo, the love of her life.
Frodo and Neo are frequently seen together, watching movies and holding hands like lovebirds tend to do. They both have very strong personalities, so bickering constantly is not unusual for them. Despite the fighting, they still know deep down that they’re better together, and they can’t stay mad at each other for long. Are you having a great hair day? Are you trying to put a little argument behind you with your friends? If so, think about using Neo and Frodo to help you share what is really going on with you!
KakaoTalk Friend #5 – Apeach
Sometimes, texts are serious and intense. Sometimes, not so much. Apeach (어피치) is a sexy peach brought to life who is perfect for your texts that are fun and flirty. Apeach was brought to life by the ambitious scientist Con, and spends its life dancing around and acting out mischievous pranks on the KakaoTalk Friends.
Apeach left the garden where it was born in pursuit of excitement and laughter and loves an excuse to be silly. Are you the bubbly, flirty one in your friend circle trying to text your crush to go out this weekend? Are you always down for a good dance party? If so, you and Apeach will get along just fine!
KakaoTalk Friends #6 & #7 – Muzi & Con
Last but not least of the KakaoTalk friends, Muzi (무지) is a spunky yellow radish brought to life by his scientist sidekick and creator, Con (콘).
Muzi loves wearing bunny suits to boost his confidence, and he is frequently found seeking out new adventures and escapades. There’s nothing that these two can’t do!
If you’re feeling playful and want to spice up your texts, let Muzi & Con help you bring some adventure into your life.
Texting has become a staple for quick and easy communication, but sometimes words fall short when trying to get your message across. It can be hard to convey tone, and when your friends can’t see your face they can’t always figure out what you’re trying to say. Have no fear! With the KakaoTalk Friends everything becomes much easier to understand. There’s a Friend for almost every situation, and deciding who you’re going to choose to go along with your text is a fun way to connect with your loved ones.
KakaoTalk Friends Online Store
Want to get some KakaoTalk Friends merchandise for yourself, or maybe as a gift for a friend? Then check out the KakaoTalk Friends Online Store and see what’s new!
In addition to Kakao memorabilia, there are also profiles of the characters and information about the KakaoTalk Friends stores in Korea. Currently it’s all in Korean, so it’s a great way to brush up on your Korean abilities!
KakaoTalk Friends Popup Stores
If you’ve dreamt of meeting a life-size version of the Kakao Friends, then you’re in luck! There are several popup stores all around Korea that you can visit. Grab your camera, and get ready to pose with your favorite characters!
|Seoul||Shinchon Hyundai Department Store||02-3145-1722|
|Gyeongi||Hyundai Department Store Pangyo||031-5170-2451|
|Daegu||Hyundai Department Store Daegu||053-245-3039|
|Busan||Lotte Department Store Busan||051-810-4757|
|Gwangju||Shinsegae Department Store Gwangju||062-360-1733|
|Gyungnam||Lotte Premium Outlet Gimhae||055-900-2418|
|Ulsan||Lotte Department Store Ulsan||052960-5325|
Do you find yourself using one of the KakaoTalk Friends more often than the others? Let us know in the comments below!