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BlackBerry BBM boss gone as company looks to strengthen enterprise business

By on February 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM.

BlackBerry BBM boss gone as company looks to strengthen enterprise business

BGR has learned from multiple sources that Executive Vice President Andrew Bocking is no longer with the company. What is unconfirmed, however, is whether Bocking was fired or decided to leave on his own accord. One source of ours tells us he was let go and that BlackBerry is rolling up the BBM group into the enterprise unit and that Andrew was displeased with BlackBerry as whole, replacing his personal phone with an Android phone instead of using one of BlackBerry’s products. Another source of ours, however, firmly denies Andrew was fired and that him leaving is “a big loss” for the BBM division and he was poached by a competitor. Either way, this doesn’t bode too well for one of BlackBerry’s only remaining products that’s still of interest. We reached out to BlackBerry and they provided the following statement to BGR:

I can confirm that Andrew Bocking, EVP, BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry. We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution.

Andrew Bocking is pictured in the photo above to the right of ex-CEO Thorsten Heins.

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BBM for Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Here’s how desperate BlackBerry really is

By on January 31, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

Here’s how desperate BlackBerry really is

Amid reports that BlackBerry’s market share in the U.S. has reached an unbelievable 0% there’s also a rumor (backed up by a leaked apk) that the company is going to soon launch a BBM build for devices that still run Gingerbread, an Android version that was launched in late 2010. N4BB (via MobileSyrup) reports that BBM for Gingerbread is already available unofficially, providing a link to the apk file that can be sideloaded on compatible devices. More →

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BlackBerry BBM Growth Analysis

This really, really is BlackBerry’s last chance

By on December 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

This really, really is BlackBerry’s last chance

BlackBerry managed to miss its sales consensus by 25% even with rock bottom expectations. Drama? Well, no. The share price was drifting up by 2% at the market open. Investors have effectively acknowledged the handset unit is dead and are now focussing on things like patents and the BBM mobile messaging software. And on this front, something truly fascinating is happening. More →

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BlackBerry Earnings Preview

BlackBerry’s bold bet failed: Now what?

By on December 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM.

BlackBerry’s bold bet failed: Now what?

BlackBerry has had a rough of 2013, to put it mildly. The company has lost billions in market cap, it has a new CEO, and there’s speculation seemingly everyday about what the company can do to save itself, or even if can be saved at all. BlackBerry is scheduled to report fiscal third-quarter earnings before the market open on Friday, and no one is expecting much, if anything, in CEO John Chen’s first foray with investors and analysts. Societe Generale analyst Andy Perkins, who rates shares hold with a $6 price target, notes the situation has gotten worse since BlackBerry last reported, due to the failed acquisition by Fairfax Financial, and a continued loss of market share. More →

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BlackBerry scores its biggest BBM win yet

By on December 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM.

BlackBerry scores its biggest BBM win yet

Last month, BlackBerry inked a deal with several small-name Android vendors that would see BBM preloaded on select devices. And now, via CrackBerry, we learn that BlackBerry has scored its biggest win with BBM yet, as LG has agreed to preload the messaging service on its G Pro Lite budget smartphones. BBM’s success on the iOS App Store was immediate and noteworthy, but the app hasn’t yet caught fire on Google Play to quite the same degree. By preloading LG devices with BBM, BlackBerry has a chance to sway Android users its way before they even have to chance to discover the other popular chat apps on the market. The full press release follows below. More →

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BlackBerry BBM Channels App Update

BlackBerry unveils the next crucial step in BBM’s evolution

By on November 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

BlackBerry unveils the next crucial step in BBM’s evolution

Amid all the turmoil of its flailing mobile phone business, BlackBerry has finally found success with the cross-platform version BBM and is attempting to continue that growth by preloading the messaging software on select Android phones. Along with the potential for external growth, the functionality of the app is expanding as well with the release of Channels. Channels are a new way to interact with the brands, artists and communities you follow. You can start a public conversation with the other followers of any Channel or send a private message to the owner of the Channel. You can create your own Channel right now on BlackBerry’s website, but in order to access the new mobile feature, you will need a BlackBerry device. The addition should be migrating to iOS and Android versions of BBM “in the coming months,” the company says.

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BlackBerry signs key deal to keep BBM surge going strong on Android

By on November 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM.

BlackBerry signs key deal to keep BBM surge going strong on Android

BlackBerry’s handset sales have remained an unmitigated disaster but its cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger service has proven to be a big hit for both iPhone and Android users. BlackBerry on Tuesday announced that it had signed a with several budget Android smartphone vendors to preload BBM on their upcoming devices. The Android vendors, which include Micromax, Brightstar and Zen, are mostly smaller vendors that sell devices to consumers in key emerging markets in Asia, South America and the Middle East. Janto Djojo, the chief marketing officer at Android vendor EVERCOSS, says that BBM “is incredibly popular in Indonesia and since its availability on Android, it’s become the must have messaging app for our customers,” so it looks like BlackBerry is doing a good job of covering its bases and getting BBM out to as many people as it can.

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BBM Line Rivalry Analysis

BBM is holding on strong despite Line’s furious user growth

By on November 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM.

BBM is holding on strong despite Line’s furious user growth

Line announced on Monday it has hit 300 million registered users worldwide. As a sign of how white-hot the messaging app market is, Line noted that it added 100 million users in the past four months alone. This is especially impressive considering that it took the app 19 months to reach its first 100 million users. More →

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BBM iOS Android Analysis

BBM mystery: Why is it so much more popular on iOS than Android?

By on November 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM.

BBM mystery: Why is it so much more popular on iOS than Android?

It’s been more than a month after BlackBerry Messenger debuted for the iOS and Android platforms and it is still doing remarkably well on the iPhone. On November 22nd, BBM was a top 5 iOS app for downloads in no fewer than 50 countries, including important markets like South Africa, Nigeria, Argentina, Colombia, the UAE, Canada and the U.K. I think it’s safe bet to say that almost nobody expected BBM to be battling evenly with WhatsApp in their download competition in markets like India and the U.K. at the end of November. Yet BBM has been able to demonstrate uncanny longevity in a variety of Latin American, African, European and Asian iPhone markets. More →

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BBM iPad Download

BBM set to hit Wi-Fi iPads and iPod touch beginning today

By on November 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

BBM set to hit Wi-Fi iPads and iPod touch beginning today

BlackBerry’s BBM service shocked the world when it finally went cross-platform last month. While many thought it would be dead on arrival, the app rocketed to No. 1 on the iPhone download charts and brought 20 million new users to the BBM platform within a week. BBM’s stunning success continued and in perhaps the most shocking of all early reports about BlackBerry’s new BBM efforts, the app’s engagement levels appear to be beating rivals. Downloads have slowed substantially since BBM debuted in October and the app is sinking fast, currently holding the No. 76 position on the top free iPhone app chart in the U.S. That position could soon get a boost, however, as BlackBerry makes its popular new BBM app available on Wi-Fi only iPads and iPod touch devices for the first time. More →

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BBM User Engagement Study

BlackBerry’s big surprise: BBM beats major messaging rivals in engagement

By on November 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

BlackBerry’s big surprise: BBM beats major messaging rivals in engagement

BlackBerry shocked the messaging app industry by hitting 20 million combined iPhone and  Android downloads in just a week after BBM went cross-platform. Now, new Android data from Mobidia provided exclusively to BGR shows that right after its launch, BBM pulled ahead of or matched major rivals in the key metric of weekly engagement. This is particularly impressive considering that consumers who have downloaded BBM have not had much time to build up dense network of contacts that would drive extensive engagement, nor does BBM offer the kind of range of games, stickers or other diversions that LINE and Kik feature. More →

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Mobile Messaging App Analysis

The marketing power of messaging apps

By on November 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

The marketing power of messaging apps

We are now witnessing the first signs of just how important messaging apps could become in North America for promoting games — and this has huge implications for BlackBerry’s battle for survival. Texting apps like LINE and Kakao are making hundreds of millions of dollars in Asia by acting as promotional tools for mobile games. 19 out of 20 top-grossing apps in South Korea are now distributed via KakaoTalk’s messaging platform. Last month, a mid-sized messaging app called Kik demonstrated how it is beginning to flex its muscles in America. More →

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BBM iPhone Android Ads

BlackBerry says it will bring ads to BBM for Android, iPhone soon

By on October 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM.

BlackBerry says it will bring ads to BBM for Android, iPhone soon

We have good news and bad news, BBM fans. The good news is that BlackBerry has confirmed its plans to bring new features to its cross-platform messaging app, and it has confirmed its intention to keep the service free forever. The bad news, however, is that BlackBerry has also confirmed that it will soon introduce a variety of ads to the Android and iPhone versions of its app. BlackBerry finally launched BBM for iPhone and BBM for Android last week after huge delays and a badly bungled first attempt to launch the app. Its success since then has been nothing short of shocking. BBM for iPhone was briefly No. 1 and it remains the No. 2 free app in America more than a week following its debut, but the millions of users who have downloaded the app so far are in for a surprise in the near future. More →

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