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BBM 2.1 for Android brings support for stickers, larger file transfers

BBM 2.1 for Android brings support for stickers, larger file transfers

BlackBerry is continuing its streak of coming up with constant improvements to the BBM client for Android (and iOS), and with the latest update, the Canadian company is jumping on the stickers bandwagon to make the messaging experience more visual than it has been before, following in the footsteps of other popular messaging apps like Line and WeChat. (more…)

BBM for Android now compatible with Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices

BBM for Android now compatible with Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices

While Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean might have taken over more than 50 percent of all devices running Android, the hard and cold truth is that there are still a considerable amount of phones running on Gingerbread. For BlackBerry, not having the BBM app support that old-but-still-active version of Android has allowed competing apps like WhatsApp and Line to continue to lead, but now, it’s a lead that could be noticeably shortened.  (more…)

BBM 2.0 update brings voice calling, Channels, Dropbox integration, and more

BBM 2.0 update brings voice calling, Channels, Dropbox integration, and more

BBM might not be a cool thing anymore, but that hasn’t stopped BlackBerry from putting a strong emphasis on improving the BBM offering on Android (and iOS). Today, the company is rolling out the most feature-packed update to BBM yet, adding much of the functionality it had promised to bring to the competing OS’.

The update takes the app to version 2.0, and brings some major features. There’s BBM Channels, which lets users join various topics of discussion and talk about things with other BBM users. Users can now make calls to their BBM contacts via a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, a one-click sharing button enables quick sharing of photos, documents, voice notes and more, and conversations can now be more emotional through the addition of more than 100 emoticons. Last but not the least, version 2.0 brings Dropbox integration – you can send files from your Dropbox account to a BBM contact, who in turn can download the file and add it to his/her Dropbox.

It’s a good update for those who’ve actually found BBM worthy enough for use as (one of) their messaging mediums, bringing the Android (and iOS) version closer to the native BlackBerry version of BBM. Download the latest version from the Play Store (it isn’t live yet, but should be in a couple of hours.)

BBM for Android gets Find Friends feature, no longer requires PIN sharing

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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android hasn’t managed to make a considerable dent in the messaging platform wars, and apart from the fact that BBM is no longer cool and has been replaced by more popular services like WhatsApp, the rather inconvenient requirement of having to share your PIN to add new friends has been one of the biggest issues users have found with BlackBerry’s messaging service.

Well, BlackBerry was listening to its consumers, and it has decided to remove the need to share a PIN for inviting new users by introducing a new feature to BBM called Find Friends. With Find Friends, users can simply scan their contacts to detect those are using BBM, and then add them to their BBM contact list, or invite them to download BBM if they aren’t using it at the moment (chances are, they aren’t interested, and no one can blame them.) Of course, Find Friends isn’t going to help BlackBerry too much in seeing an increased number of active users for BBM on Android (and iOS), though it’s still a welcome feature that should have been there from the start.

Head over to Google Play to download the latest version of BBM – it doesn’t seem to have gone live yet, but that should change in the next few hours.

BlackBerry Reaches 40 Million BBM Users on iOS and Android

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Well here’s a product from BlackBerry that people want to try out. In the 60 days since the service was launched for iOS and Android, BlackBerry has had 40 million new users join BBM. While this is good, it doesn’t point out how many users are still on BBM. I know many people who have tried and then deleted BBM.

But BlackBerry and LG announced earlier this week that BBM will be preloaded on other manufacturer’s devices. The first manufacturer is LG with their LG Pro Lite. That should help BlackBerry with getting more BBM users as well.

So do you still use BBM? Are you glad that it will be getting more features soon?

Via: CrackBerry

BlackBerry Messenger Will Be Preloaded On LG Phones

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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is about get more users, if people use the app. BlackBerry has announced a deal with LG that BBM will come pre-installed on LG smartphones. The LG Pro Lite will be the first phone to have BBM built-in.

It seems that emerging markets are being targeted by both companies, as the Pro Lite is an entry-level 5.5″ handset sold in Russia, China, India, and the Middle East. That’s an interesting market to target, but it will hopefully help BlackBerry in the long run. In some emerging markets, BlackBerry is still the most popular brand, because of the relatively cheap price.

This announcement follows BlackBerry’s hints that they secured deals with “leading OEMs” to have BBM come pre-installed on their handsets. The app will continue to be available as a separate download from both Google Play and the iOS App Store. So if you get an LG phone and it comes with BBM, will you use it?

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BBM Claims To Have 20 Million Active Users on Android and iOS

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BlackBerry Messenger is quickly gaining more users after being out for only a week. After getting downloaded 10 million times in the first 24 hours and dropping the wait list this weekend, BlackBerry has announced that BBM now has 20 million active users on Android and iOS.

That’s a lot of active users for an app that is only a week old. Before releasing a standalone BBM app for Android and iOS, there were 55 million BBM users just on BlackBerry devices. Now that number has jumped to 80 million users. That’s a lot of people to chat with, if you want to.

Personally, I’ve been using BBM very much in the last week. I have 17 people in my contacts and about a little less than half of them still use BBM. That’s pretty good that some users still use BBM. I’ve been using it as an alternative to Direct Messages on Twitter since BBM doesn’t have a character limit.

Besides announcing that BBM has 20 million new active users, BlackBerry also says they will continue bringing new features to BBM for Android and iOS. Currently on a BlackBerry device you can use BBM Voice and BBM Video for audio and video chats and Android and iOS users will soon be able to use those features.

Android and iOS users will also be able to use BBM Channels, a feature that will let users communicate with brands and other people. From this, it sounds a lot like Twitter, FaceBook, and other social networks. That should also help people continue to use BBM over the coming months.

The Vice President of BBM for BlackBerry, Andrew Bocking, has also said that BBM will remain a free service for the foreseeable future. That’s good, as people would probably leave the service if it became a paid service. However, BlackBerry may start to include ads in the service as a result. But if the ads aren’t interfering with the service, then I’m fine with that.

So, here’s a big congrats to the folks at BlackBerry. They finally launched BBM and people actually want to use it. So did you download the app and do you still use the service?

Sources: BlackBerry via CrackBerry, CBC News

BBM set to launch on Android this Friday, iOS on Saturday

blackberry-messenger-bbmBlackBerry has been silent on launch dates for BBM, the messaging service currently only available on BlackBerry devices, but a new rumor says the company will launch the app on Android this Friday, with the iOS launch happening a day later.

Indonesian website TeknoUp has published an invite to the BBM launch event on Thursday, September 19. BlackBerry is expected to send similar invites out to other countries and launch BBM in full the next day for Android.

Following up from this leak, another source has grabbed information about a timeline BlackBerry has for launching BBM. It will start with a published version on the Google Play store, then the launch of BBM.com, sending out messages to pre-registrations and then repeat for iOS the next day.

It is a quick move by BlackBerry to get BBM out into the wild and make it a true cross-platform competitor. Even though BBM is way behind in the numbers compared to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, perhaps the name will be enough to grab major support.

The past few weeks have played host to many fake BBM apps cropping up on the Android store, with over 100,000 downloads before Google decided to drop the app from the store for being a fake.

This does show BBM is still alive and in some users minds, an adequate swap for the alternatives. BBM will come in a full package with all the available features and will not just be a barren IM client.

BlackBerry Messenger: The End of Platform Specific Services?

BlackBerry Messenger, is about to launch on Android and iOS. BlackBerry Messenger used to be a feature exclusive to BlackBerry phones, and which was a major selling point for the Waterloo-based company’s devices. The smartphone market has changed a lot in the past few years, and BlackBerry Messenger has to either go cross-platform or become irrelevant. Taking it a bit further, any communications service which is not cross-platform will soon be irrelevant.

With users now doing work on smartphones, tablets, and laptops running on different operating systems, cross-platform compatibility gained growing importance. Looking at the top Internet Protocol communication tools, they are all cross platform.

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The top two are WeChat and WhatsApp which both claim to have 300 million users. Both WeChat and Whatspp are available for Apple’s iOS, BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, Google’s Android,  Microsoft Windows Phone and Nokia’s Symbian OS. In addition, WeChat is available from any desktop via a web app. At third is LINE which claims to have 230 million users. LINE has the same level of cross platform support, and has desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS X, but does support BlackBerry 10. Viber has not released any recent reports on number of users but it should be close to, or even exceed, LINE.

In-contract BlackBerry Messenger has 60 million registered users. Maybe more troublesome is that the BlackBerry Messenger 10 app only has 777 reviews on the BlackBerry App World as compared to 29,410 reviews for WhatsApp.

Now, not all registered users are active. For example, WeChat which claims 300 million registered users also reports that of this number, 236 million are active each month. Considering too, there are expected to be 1.4 billion smartphones in use by the end of the year, no one service really has cornered the market. Still, the usage of these apps are growing at an incredible rate. WhatsApp went from 250 million users in June 2013, to 300 million by August 2013. Similarly LINE went from 150 million users in May 2013, to 230 million users by August 2013. WeChat reports that the number of its active users have tripled in the past year.

You also have to consider Facebook that could convert its Messenger to a fully featured voice, video call and message service, leveraging its one billion users, or Microsoft which could leverage its purchase of Nokia to push Skype next year. Sooner or later, one of these services, will emerge as the worldwide de facto standard, with a few regional favorites in non-English speaking countries and a few serving other niche communities.

It is a rat race, and BlackBerry Messenger has to either go cross-platform to keep the service relevant. Really, it might already be too late.

Looking at the IP communications landscape, the only major platform which is still not going cross-platform is Apple iMessage and Facetime. The trend is not only with IP communications tools. Facebook took Instagram to Android, to the chagrin of many iOS users. If it did not, Instagram would be faced with a competing service with a larger user base by now. By going cross-platform, it multiplied its user base by a factor of five in a bit over a year and has retained leadership. Microsoft, which managed to maintain a near monopoly for two decades has started to make concessions with its vaunted Office Suite with Android and iOS clients.

Android users often wonder why Google makes apps for iOS rather than leverage Google Apps as Android exclusives. The answer is simple. The writing is on the wall. Keeping a service platform-specific, is the kiss of death.

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BBM for Android, iOS Gets Demoed At Toronto International Film Festival

While most people are eagerly waiting for the BBM for Android app to appear at Google Play those who attended the BlackBerry Experience at the Toronto International Film Festival were able to test the app in a public demo. BlackBerry showcased the app running on the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well as on an iPhone.

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Those who were able to test BBM said that the app ran smoothly on Android and iOS. There isn’t any noticeable difference in the user interface between the Android or iOS version of the app and they look very similar to that of the BlackBerry 10 app. It’s also confirmed that the app will be BBID-based and not PIN-based.

If you live in the Toronto area then you can check the app in action this week at the BlackBerry Experience building located at the corner of King & Blue Jays Way.

There’s no announcement as to when this will become officially available but there are strong rumors that suggest that it could be this coming September 12.

BlackBerry Messenger is a popular messaging service originally available for BlackBerry devices. It allows people having a BlackBerry device to communicate with each other as long as they know each other’s BlackBerry PIN or BlackBerry ID. Text messages, voice, videos and photos can all be easily sent using this service.

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Video showing BBM on Android surfaces

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BBM is an integral part of BlackBerry’s survival, the company’s messaging service once ruled the roost, but with the lack of BlackBerry users and the company keeping the messaging service locked onto their phones, the usage has declined.

This year, CEO Thorsten Heins announced BBM would be coming to the two other major mobile operating systems, iOS and Android. The original plan was to launch a cross-platform IM client with basic functionality, but now it seems BBM on Android will mimic the original app.

Adding all the features from the BlackBerry app is a move that may benefit the company in the long-term, considering they are not selling BlackBerry hardware units very quickly; software adoption, ads and premium features may be a way to keep their company afloat.

New leaked video shows the BBM app in action on an Android device and it looks pretty similar to the BlackBerry app. This could be a serious contender to WhatsApp and Viber, the two services currently carrying huge numbers of users, with WhatsApp at 450 million downloads.

BBM will be coming to Android and iOS sometime at the end of this month, according to an executive who knows all about the new messaging service. New rumours say BlackBerry will use BBM and spin it off, in order to sell it later on when it gets popular.

BBM reportedly coming to Android and iOS at the end of next month

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BlackBerry announced their messaging service, BBM, would be coming to Android and iOS in the summer. This came as BlackBerry started to think about other options, including the possible sale of the company and assets.

Since the announcement, there has been no release date from BlackBerry and it has got to the point developers are adding fake apps to keep the bubbling community excited. BBM may be ancient in some eyes, but to others it is still the superior messaging service.

According to a Canadian executive at BlackBerry, the app can be expected on both Android and iOS at the end of next month with stocks of new messaging features to compete with popular apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

This comes just a few days after BlackBerry set up a landing page for BBM enthusiasts, to sign-up for quick email alerts. The landing page also revealed BlackBerry intentions had changed, from making this a simple cross-platform IM client to a fully-fledge messaging service on Android and iOS.

With the recent movements in BlackBerry, including a possible spin-off subsidiary of BBM, it is clear why the company is now focusing on the two largest platforms. Google has done this for quite some time and it has made them a ton of advertising dollars and usage points.

If BlackBerry wants to stay relevant, this may be the way to go about it. BBM is still a popular service for BlackBerry users and we believe many will want to try it out if it hits Android and iOS. We believe BlackBerry’s goal is to make BBM a success and possibly sell it off.

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BBM for Android and iPhone Landing Page Briefly Goes Live

One of the best reasons to get a BlackBerry device is its BlackBerry Messenger service which allows people to send messages, photos and even videos with each other. This feature which is exclusive to BlackBerry devices will soon become available to Android and iOS devices.

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No release date as has been announced by BlackBerry yet as to when this service will be arriving but a landing page of the company went live briefly announcing that “BBM for Android and iPhone is here”. This has already gone offline and in its place the usual landing page that lets you sign up with your email to get updates on when BBM will be available for Android and iPhone. The page mentioned that features such as BBM Voice, BBM Video and screensharing are going to be available for Android and iPhone users.  An FAQ portion was also present which answered questions such as “what is a pin?”, “is BBM free?”, and “how do I personalize my BBM profile?”

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BlackBerry made the official announcement during Blackberry World 2013 last May that their popular BBM service will soon become available for Android and iPhone devices. No release date was mentioned however it is believed that it will be available this year. The latest online materials posted by the company suggest that it may be arriving this summer.

Once the app becomes available BlackBerry users will be able to use BBM to communicate with Android and iPhone users. Text messages, voice, photos, and videos can be done through BBM as long as a data connection is present.

Just recently Samsung Ghana posted a video ad over at YouTube announcing that BBM for Galaxy devices is arriving soon.

The recent surge in online activity of BBM related ads suggests that its release date is coming soon.

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Samsung Releases BlackBerry Messenger Ad For Samsung Galaxy Devices

Samsung announced earlier this month that it will be offering the BlackBerry Messenger service to its Galaxy smartphones in Africa.  The scheduled release depends on when BlackBerry will be able to release the BBM for Android app.

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Recent developments show that the company is now advertising the service as seen by a YouTube video post made by Samsung Ghana. While it’s really not the best marketing ad with no audio available still it’s enough to draw interest from a lot of people waiting for BBM to appear for the first time in the Android platform. This could possibly mean that the app will soon become available.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDJ33wZW8og

When Samsung officially announced earlier that BBM will be coming to their devices a lot of people became quite excited.

George Ferreira, VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa said that “At Samsung we are all about collaboration, innovation and driving consumer experience based on choice, value and customisation to suit every lifestyle. As such, bringing a top tier messaging service such as BBM is another way that we are expanding the catalogue of our messaging services and offering customers an amazing way to stay instantly connected with colleagues, friends and family.”

According to Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President BBM at BlackBerry, “BBM provides one of the best and most robust mobile messaging experiences today. BBM has always set the standard for mobile instant messaging and we are thrilled to bring this experience to Samsung customers across Africa. BBM is loved by people who rely on fast, trusted messaging, along with the immediacy that our delivered and read statuses bring. Samsung customers will soon join the BBM nation in its love of the “D” and “R” notifications.”

BBM on Galaxy smartphones will be part of Samsung’s Messaging Hub and will make people stay connected better. Consumers with Galaxy smartphones in Africa will be able to enjoy various BBM services and features such as BBM social network, BBM chats, multi-person chats and BBM Groups.

The BBM for Android app will soon become available for free at the Samsung and Google Play Stores.

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