It might be a year or three late, but BlackBerry’s world-famous BBM application is now finally available for Apple’s iPhone and Android devices… almost. Because a BlackBerry launch isn’t a BlackBerry launch without a little bit of drama, the company had to halt its initial BBM rollout after an influx of Android devices using a leaked version of the app caused issues with BlackBerry’s BBM servers. Curiously, however, the rollout didn’t continue as planned even after the leaked app was blocked, and BBM is instead rolling out to Android and iPhones on a slower schedule than BlackBerry had initially announced. More →
The crowded cross-platform messaging space is about to get a bit more crowded. Industry watchers have repeatedly said that BlackBerry’s efforts to bring BBM to Android and iOS are far too little, too late to matter now that a handful of behemoths dominate the space. While that may or may not be true, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is definitely a healthy amount of buzz surrounding the imminent release of BlackBerry’s famous messaging service on Google and Apple’s mobile platforms. And now, we have some potential good news for those eager to try out the new app — according to a new report, BBM will launch for both Android and iOS later this week. More →
The cross-platform mobile messaging space has never been this crowded, but people still seem excited to check out BlackBerry’s upcoming entry. BBM for Android has been years in the making and according to a tweet from Samsung Mobile in Nigeria, the app will finally debut this Friday. But there’s also some potential bad news for those who don’t use Samsung phones — it looks like BBM for Android may be a Samsung exclusive in at least one region, at least in the early days following its launch. More →
It’s no surprise that the messaging app behemoth WhatsApp generates 95 times as much Google search volume as BlackBerry Messenger. But what’s pretty fascinating is that second-shelf apps like Kik and Viber also now generate 10 times more search interest than BBM. Whereas Kakao reigns as the supreme messaging app in Korea, LINE in Japan and WeChat in China, Kik and Viber are kind of puttering along, trying to steal slivers of market share in many regions. Yet despite the fact that these two B-listers are battling for the No.5 messaging app position at best, they have started generating massive search volume growth over the past year. More →
BlackBerry will certainly have an uphill battle when launches BBM for Android and iOS in the coming weeks; while the service might have been a smash hit a few years ago, it now faces intense competition from cross-platform messaging giants like WhatsApp and Line. Despite the fact that the messaging market is ridiculously crowded right now, there is still clearly demand for BBM on other platforms like Android, and now the world has its first look at the software thanks to a video posted by BlackBerryOS.com. There aren’t really any surprises but on the plus side, BlackBerry’s Android BBM interface certainly looks a lot nicer than several market leaders. Whether or not that will be enough to carry the service forward following its launch remains to be seen. The full leaked video is embedded below. More →
It wasn’t a matter of if, but instead when BlackBerry would finally decide to decouple its BBM service from its own devices. Samsung has already started advertising the fact that its Galaxy line of phones will feature BlackBerry Messenger, but BlackBerry stayed relatively quiet until a redesigned BBM landing page appeared on Thursday confirming the impending release for Android and iPhone. CrackBerry noticed the page, which only mentions the iPhone as opposed to a more inclusive “iOS devices” phrasing, which might indicate that Apple’s tablet will be left out of the initial release. This expansion might also be a sign that BBM breaking off from BlackBerry is even more probable than before.
BlackBerry still hasn’t announced official launch details for BBM for Android or BBM for iOS, but that didn’t stop Samsung from making an official announcement this week. According to a press release picked up by N4BB, Samsung’s African arm has announced that BBM for Android will be available in Google Play and the Samsung app store “soon,” and that it will be free for all Galaxy smartphones. No specific details or launch timing were provided. Last week, BGR shared the first picture of BBM for Android running on a handset and the app has reportedly been made available to early beta testers ahead of its public release. The full press release from Samsung follows below. More →
Sunil Lalvani, managing director for BlackBerry India, apparently confirmed in an interview with IBN Live that BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android in the next two months. The executive reiterated earlier statements made by BlackBerry that the service will launch this summer, however he was quick to add that in North America summer doesn’t end until September. When asked to clarify his comments and whether BBM would be available before the end of the September, IBN Live noted that Lalvani’s “response was in the affirmative.” A bogus BBM app recently appeared on Google Play and revealed that there is in fact a surprising amount of demand for the messaging service. The fake app racked up more than 100,000 downloads in only a few hours before being pulled from the marketplace.
Sometimes nothing can beat the original. While competing messaging services such as WhatsApp have gained millions of users, it is clear that there is still strong demand for BlackBerry Messenger. The messaging service, which was previously a BlackBerry exclusive, will launch for the iPhone and Android smartphones sometime this summer. A bogus BBM app recently surfaced on Google Play and racked up more than 100,000 downloads before being pulled, CNET reported, which proves that Android users are indeed showing a fair amount of interest in BBM. The app was fake and did little beyond installing advertising software on a device, but the demand was real. BlackBerry co-founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis previously said that BBM would flourish on Android and iOS because it offers a more compelling experience than its competitors.
BlackBerry Messenger will be available for download on the iPhone and Android smartphones later this summer. According to a BlackBerry executive, however, the popular messaging service could soon be preloaded on rival devices. BlackBerry chief operating officer Kristian Tear revealed in an interview with CNET that the company is in talks with a number of rival handset manufacturers to include the service right out of the box. The executive noted that there is a certain level of interest from other manufacturers, however no specific partners were revealed. There are currently 61 million BlackBerry Messenger users around the world, Tear said, with some 70% using BBM daily. BlackBerry still has a long and difficult road ahead, though, since rival services like cross-platform favorite WhatsApp have accumulated more than 200 million users.
BlackBerry announced earlier this month that its BlackBerry Messenger service will be coming to Android smartphones and the iPhone in the coming months. The company was initially criticized for once again being late to the game, with services like iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp having taken over the mobile messaging market. BlackBerry cofounder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is optimistic about BBM’s future, however. The former executive told Bloomberg that he believes iPhone and Android users will be quick to embrace the once popular service. More →
Earlier this week, BlackBerry announced the arrival of BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS. A new report suggests that the messaging service will have some limitations, however. According to TrustedReviews, BBM will not be available for the iPad or for Android tablets at launch. Vivek Bhardwaj, head of the BlackBerry software portfolio, reportedly told the website that BBM will be limited to iPhones running iOS 6 or higher and Android smartphones. More →
South Africa has been one of BlackBerry’s (BBRY) key markets globally and the Canadian vendor has held more than 50% of the smartphone market there for years. As the BlackBerry Z10 now rolls out in South Africa, the country will be a key testing ground for a potentially controversial development. Local mobile operators will no longer offer unlimited BlackBerry Messenger service after May 31st, just three months after the Z10 debuts in South Africa. More →