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BlackBerry suggests that those losing WhatsApp check out the cross-platform BBM

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BlackBerry suggests that those losing WhatsApp check out the cross-platform BBM
Last week, we told you that WhatsApp was pulling support for a number of OS builds that are not heavily employed these days. That includes several older Android builds, Windows Phone 7.1, Nokia S40, Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. This won't take place until the end of the year, but already BlackBerry is trying to come up with a replacement for the popular messaging app.

BlackBerry says that it isn't giving up. The company has told Tech Radar that its support for BlackBerry 10 is "unwavering." The company added that "We are actively exploring alternatives for BlackBerry users once support of WhatsApp Messenger for BBOS and BlackBerry 10 ends in late 2016."

BlackBerry sent out a couple of tweets last week. One passed along the message that BlackBerry is working on other options to WhatsApp. The second tweet pointed out that the Android powered BlackBerry Priv will still support WhatsApp, even beyond this year. BlackBerry does recommend that those losing WhatsApp support turn to its own cross-platform BBM.

If you are in danger of losing WhatsApp at the end of 2016, use the rest of the year to find a replacement that offers all of the features that you've come to know and love on the Facebook owned messaging app. And yes, you could start with BBM.


source: BlackBerry (1), (2) via TechRadar

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posted on 05 Mar 2016, 16:47 7

1. Ordinary (Posts: 2215; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


BBM>>>WhatsApp

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 18:12 2

4. ibend (Posts: 3865; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


what? o.O

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 18:52

5. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


> means greater than, you didn't do well in math did you?

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 20:33 5

7. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 477; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


> is greater than, >>> Is a Java zero fill bit-wise right shift operator.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 21:00

8. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I've seen formats of >=- and vice versa and even >> but never have I used >>> in my coding, what's that function for? And yes I've also done c++

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 21:43

10. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 477; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


As bits are shifted right with the >> operator the vacated bit is filled with the original sign bit. Java has a >>> operator that causes the vacated bit to be cleared to zero.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 16:48 5

2. meanestgenius (Posts: 10484; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I've never used WhatsApp, even on Android and iOS devices I own. No loss to me. BBM is much more feature rich, and is cross-platform for all to use, should they so choose. There are other alternatives as well.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 05:34 1

15. ihearlivepplz (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


It is a loss to me. I have a secondary BB Q5 only for whatsapp ( I heart physical keyboard) . Of course, by the end of the year I will most probably have a Priv rather than carry a flagship + Messenger so I guess it shouldn't matter to me either. Also BB OS supports android apps so people could always install the android APK.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 09:35 2

17. meanestgenius (Posts: 10484; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm a physical keyboard man myself. We are a dying breed, but we're still here, lol. I own a PRIV and a Passport. And you're correct, since BB10 can install and run Android apk's, it's not really a loss for BB10 users.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 11:20 1

20. ihearlivepplz (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Of course, PA wont report that BB10 users can still use whatsapp. They are Anti BB/WP :P

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 11:32 1

21. meanestgenius (Posts: 10484; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Indeed! They most certainly are.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:20

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't think it's quite that. You're just being paranoid.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 05:50 1

29. ihearlivepplz (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Nah. And please take your "they don't have marketshare anyway so it doesn't matter" comments somewhere else.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 10:05

31. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Well that's not what I said but ok. Now that you mention it, it pretty much is true. They don't really have any market share compared to other OEMs like Apple, Samsung, and Google.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 12:47 1

35. ihearlivepplz (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


That is what you said to me on another BB article where PA made a mistake between BB OS 7 and 10. I don't really care who has market share. I own an iPhone, a galaxy and a BB. Well I really dont have the time to waste on you again. Cya.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 09:21

16. lyndon420 (Posts: 3991; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


What's the benefit with BBM or WhatsApp? Why not just text?

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 09:43 1

18. meanestgenius (Posts: 10484; Member since: 28 May 2014)


BBM and WhatsApp are instant messaging apps. You can converse at a quicker pace than you can with text. BBM and WhatsApp also allow you to send messages internationally with no extra monetary charges. Not so with SMS. BBM and WhatsApp use data to be sent, so you can use them on wifi-only devices or if your device loses its signal connection but wifi is present/available. With SMS in the same situation, your messages either can't be sent/received unless your carrier supports SMS being sent over wifi.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 17:49

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Secure and usable by other platforms is what makes BBM a much better platform. It just needs to be able to be used as an sms client on Android to be perfect.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 18:53 5

6. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


If that ever happens it'll lose its security, better off not being an SMS client

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 21:06 2

9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's Blackberry. They can secure just about anything. Pretty sure they can make it work.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 21:47

11. thowersome (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Good point, they even help out other companies in the security department

bizblog.blackberry.com/2015/08/how-bes12-and-samsu​ng-are-teaming-up-to-make-knox-even-better/

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 23:04 6

12. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


SMS runs on GSM. BBM and every other IM service runs on data packets. There may be workarounds, but that means security has been compromised and that's a non-starter for BlackBerry.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 04:16 1

13. shahrooz (Posts: 717; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


for best security and features install telegram :) telegram>>bbm>>whatsapp

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 05:01

14. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Lol love the sarcasm hahaha

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 16:21 2

25. An.Awesome.Guy (Posts: 386; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)


Why do you think Telegram is more secure than BBM ? Just Curious .
Not all people can contact you or even know that you use BBM if you don't give them your ID while Telegram like Whatsapp use your phone contacts.
Also BB is known for security for over a decade and trusted by top companies and governments .

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 06:41 1

38. shahrooz (Posts: 717; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-5-most-secure-and-user-friendly-private-messaging-apps-for-iPhone-and-Android_id76294

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Best-secure-and-private-call-and-messaging-apps-for-Android-and-iPhone-2015-edition_id66868

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:45

46. An.Awesome.Guy (Posts: 386; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)


Sorry for replaying late .
But thanks for clearing your point.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 10:07 1

19. DmitrLP (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


What a laugh, BB is dead!

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 11:39 5

22. meanestgenius (Posts: 10484; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It's *what a joke*, NOT *what a laugh*. If you're going to troll, at least get the phrases correct. And BB10 devices can still run the Android version of WhatsCrap, as well as the Android-powered BlackBerry PRIV being able to run WhatsCrap as well, so there is no real loss to BlackBerry users at all. Guess the jokes really on you.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 16:02

24. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Why don't you die instead? Don't worry no one will miss your troll self.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 20:58 1

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That's a little harsh isn't it? I understand we all have differences in opinion, and some people tend to have difficulty seeing that, but there's no need to wish death on someone.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 21:05 2

27. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


While that is true, death itself should not be wished upon anything; by him wishing death upon BlackBerry accepts and embraces death, making it not harsh at all. He's dying already, we all are, from the moment we're born we're destined death.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 10:07

32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Don't twist the words around to try and make your comment justified. It was out of line and you know it.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 11:57 1

33. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Why are you so butthurt? 1. It is justified, it's not like the dude is a retard and kill himself just because a stranger on the Internet told him to. 2. You need to gain intellectual knowledge that this is actually the way the world is. 3. Why are you so concerned about me/him? Hop off my cock.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 11:19

39. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm not butthurt. You twisted my words around and I wanted to correct you on that. It doesn't matter what he is, it's still going too far.

I'm not concerned about anything, I'm just being the voice of reason.

What is it with Blackberry fans and their obsession with manhoods? Lol I think there's an ulterior motive here.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 11:37 1

41. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I didn't twist anything, and you're the farthest thing from being the voice of reason. And please, point out where my logic is flawed.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 10:09

43. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's more reasonable than wishing death on someone. You're the one who talked about manhoods, you tell me.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 10:55 1

44. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Still have yet to prove my reasoning wrong from comment 27, manhood really? How old are you?

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 01:46

45. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Your reasoning made no sense. Does it matter how I say it? Manhood, cock, etc.? It doesn't freaking matter if the point doesn't change.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 05:19 1

28. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


The things they do to try and stay relevant.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 08:40 1

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 10484; Member since: 28 May 2014)


WhatsApp, right? The nerve of them!

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 15:06

37. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


If you're referring to blackberry, they are speaking the truth, there's nothing unreal about their statement, or are you talking about whatsapp?

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 11:59

34. T-Dizzle (Posts: 106; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Does BBM support mms?

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 15:02

36. meanestgenius (Posts: 10484; Member since: 28 May 2014)


In the sense that you can send pictures, documents, and other files from one BBM user to another, yes. You can also use BBM to send messages to a recipients email address.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 11:21

40. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No it doesn't.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 11:47 1

42. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Of course, most secure way to send/get nudes!

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