Things have been rather silent on the BBM front lately, but that's supposed to change today with the rolllout of the next version of its Android app. In version 2.2, BlackBerry is making it easier for more people to join in on the BBM fun.
T-Mobile is at it again with another "promo" that will surely ruffle BlackBerry's feathers once more. This time, however, the US carrier is encouraging its BlackBerry-toting subscribers to switch not to an iPhone but to any Samsung smartphone.
The latest comScore figures are out, and show little change in the order of smartphone OEMs with regard to market share in the US. Of interest is the gains and losses some have made, with one notable company having dropped off on a significant way. Don’t worry, though — Android is still on top.
Not willing to let BlackBerry have the last word, T-Mobile's outspoken CEO has just posted an open letter to BlackBerry's loyal fans. In essence, the carrier is reassuring this part of its userbase that it is all business as usual and that they might even want to stay longer after all.
Blackberry is in sharp decline, that much we know. Having been on a downward spiral for years, the company was outraged at a recent T-Mobile promotion offering current Blackberry owners incentive to upgrade to an iPhone. T-Mobile tweaked the promo to be more Blackberry friendly, but it didn’t help the Waterloo OEM. Reports suggest around 94% of blackberry owners jumped ship.
In an interview with CNBC at MWC this week, Blackberry CEO John Chen was asked about the WhatsApp purchase. Considering he runs a company that exists almost solely as a messenger service for consumers, putting him in direct competition with WhatsApp, his opinion is of interest. The answer to the question was unsurprising, as Chen said he’d gladly accept a similar offer.
True their promise, BlackBerry has just made its messaging, and now voice call, app available to more Android users. Now even those running on an ancient Android 2.3 version will be able to enjoy the rebirth of the BBM phenomenon.
BBM has rolled out an update for the masses today. A previously beta-only set of features are coming to the app proper, ushering in VoIP and an interesting way to group message. Users will also get the ability to share from Dropbox in BMM without having to shuffle files around, streamlining the process altogether.
BlackBerry Messenger got an important update today. Rather than have to share a PIN to chat with another BBM user, we now have the ability to search for our contacts via a 'Find Friends' feature. Handy, but like most things BBM, it may be too late to the party.
A video of the recently released BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 running on a BlackBerry Z30 showcases the fluid integration of Android into the latest version of the OS. While things aren't exactly perfect, this might be a way out for owners who feel they've been missing out on some of the better things in the mobile life.