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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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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20 million new BBM users in a week – what does it mean?

By on October 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM.

20 million new BBM users in a week – what does it mean?

BlackBerry just announced that it has added 20 million iOS and Android users to its BBM messaging service in one week. This rockets BBM’s total monthly active user base to 80 million. How should we view these numbers? One way to approach them is to make some comparisons: It took Path 16 months to get to 10 million users after the revamped service was launched in the beginning of 2012. Kik took two years to hit 30 million users; Viber took two years to hit 50 million. It took LINE one year to get to 40 million users — and that was considered a stellar success back in 2012. More →

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BlackBerry comments on fake BBM comments: We didn’t do it

By on October 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM.

BlackBerry comments on fake BBM comments: We didn’t do it

BBM is a shocking cross-platform success. Many wrote the app off as launching several years too late to really be a player in the global messaging market, and the app’s very rocky start certainly didn’t do it any favors. BBM shot to No. 1 on Apple’s top free apps chart in the U.S. and then quickly conquered the world. It still sits in the No. 2 spot after nearly a week of availability, which is indeed pretty stunning for a messaging app, or any app for that matter. It has also amassed more than 5 million downloads on the Android platform and was Google Play’s No. 21 free app with a combined rating of four stars at the time of this writing. But about those stars… More →

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BBM Download Analysis

BBM’s continued success is truly stunning

By on October 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM.

BBM’s continued success is truly stunning

Something pretty strange is going on. BlackBerry is having a great week for the first time since Natasha Bedingfield topped the charts. On its third day, BBM for iPhone is clinging onto the No. 2  slot on the top free iOS app chart after rocketing to No. 1 right out of the gate. This is no trivial achievement. Nokia’s HERE maps for iPhone hit the No. 1 spot in the U.S. soon after it launched, but it had plunged to No. 27 by its third day. Morbid curiosity only takes you so far. And that is what many expected BBM to do — hit the top and drop out of the top-10 in about a day. Yet the app is showing remarkable legs considering it was downloaded 10 million times during its first 24 hours of availability. Notable early glitches don’t seem to have stalled its momentum at all. More →

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After a rocky start, BBM for iPhone finally works again

By on October 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

After a rocky start, BBM for iPhone finally works again

There is absolutely no way that the recent launch(es) of BlackBerry’s famous BBM app for Android and the iPhone could have embodied BlackBerry’s dramatic history any more perfectly. First and foremost, the company’s cross-platform offerings are launching years later than most industry watchers believe they should have. Then, when BlackBerry finally did manage to debut its BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone apps, it had to halt their rollout due to some major technical issues. More →

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WhatsApp’s monthly active user base climbs to 350 million

By on October 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM.

WhatsApp’s monthly active user base climbs to 350 million

A day after BlackBerry finally managed to push its BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone apps out the door, WhatsApp fired a warning shot to remind the struggling smartphone vendor of what it’s up against. BlackBerry touted on its BBM Twitter account that it activated more than 5 million new BBM users on Android and the iPhone in less than 8 hours, which is certainly an impressive feat. WhatsApp, however, now has 350 million monthly active users. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum made the announcement on stage during a keynote presentation at the Nokia World 2013 conference, and that figure is up substantially from the 300 million monthly active users WhatsApp had just over two months ago in August. As the cross-platform mobile messaging market becomes increasingly crowded, WhatsApp is showing no signs of slowing down despite its refusal to embrace the new revenue channels being exploited by rivals, such as mobile payments and gaming platforms.

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BBM iOS App Chart Analysis

BBM is conquering the iPhone as it tops iOS app charts in 66 countries

By on October 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM.

BBM is conquering the iPhone as it tops iOS app charts in 66 countries

A day after being released, BBM became the most popular messaging app in the world. By 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, it was ranked as the No. 1 free iPhone app in 66 countries. On Monday, BBM was downloaded more than 5 million times within its first 8 hours of availability. Path was reported to be seeking $100 million in financing on a $1 billion valuation after hitting 10 million registered users back in April. Well guess what? BlackBerry just announced that BBM for iPhone and Android has now been downloaded more than 10 million times since it was released about 24 hours ago. More →

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Here’s how to start using BBM for iPhone and Android without waiting

By on October 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

Here’s how to start using BBM for iPhone and Android without waiting

BlackBerry’s BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone apps are finally here! Well, sort of. BlackBerry finally released the highly anticipated messaging apps on Monday, bringing an end to the painful saga that was the buildup leading to BBM’s cross-platform debut. But as one wait came to an end, another began. Despite the delays, BlackBerry apparently couldn’t find a way to ready its servers for the rush of BBM activations it correctly anticipated would occur following the new app’s launch on Android and iOS. As such, the company created a queue system for BBM where users download the app, register their emails and then wait in line for their accounts to be activated. More →

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BBM iPhone Android Downloads

BlackBerry’s BBM app rockets to No.1 on iPhone app chart

By on October 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

BlackBerry’s BBM app rockets to No.1 on iPhone app chart

It took forever to launch — and some of the people who downloaded still can’t even use it — but BlackBerry’s BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone apps are finally here. What’s more, the new app is shockingly popular. BlackBerry fiiiiinally released its highly anticipated BBM cross-platform messaging app for Android and the iPhone on Monday and in less than 8 hours, the company announced on Twitter that the app had been activated for more than 5 million users. When BlackBerry first released the new app, it implemented a queue system that allowed users to download and install BBM, but they still couldn’t use it. Instead, they would have to wait in a queue for BlackBerry to enable their accounts. More →

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BBM iPhone Download

BlackBerry finally announces new BBM launch details for Android and iPhone

By on October 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM.

BlackBerry finally announces new BBM launch details for Android and iPhone

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 →

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