BlackBerry to make BBM version for Gingerbread powered Android phones
On its blog, BlackBerry indicates that it is offering this version of BBM in response to demand for it from those Android users sporting a Gingerbread powered handset. While the post didn't mention it, we assume that the BBM for Gingerbread users will also offer BBM Voice, BBM Channels and BBM Video. These will eventually be offered to the original BBM for Android and BBM for iOS apps.
BBM Voice allows users to make calls to other BBM members for free around the world. BBM Channels is a group of discussion and chat rooms, each covering a particular subject. BBM subscribers will be able to open their own rooms featuring their own topics, and corporations will also be sponsoring rooms of their own. BBM Video will allow subscribers to video chat with each other.
BlackBerry is planning on launching a version of BBM for Android users with Gingerbread
source: BlackBerry via AndroidCentral
1. E.S.1 (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
BBM is so old school... They shouldn't waste their money and resources on this.
I thought they had more important things to worry about?!
3. thealphageek1 (Posts: 257; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Waste their money?! Have you read the reports on how many iOS and Android users downloaded BBM in the first month?! 40 million! I hardly think that is a waste of money. If BBM is old school, then so is every instant messaging service out there. BBM is much like a social network, especially with the addition of BBM Channels. It's one of the things on a BlackBerry device that others sporting a handset with a different OS like. It's definitely kept up with the times, and gets better with each update. Have you even used BBM lately?
9. E.S.1 (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I downloaded it as well but I removed it the same day after seeing how simple and plain the app is... it takes up the whole screen with no added benefit...
How many are using it today? Probalby not 40 million.
11. thealphageek1 (Posts: 257; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
According to the latest usage stats on BBM, there are 85 million ACTIVE users of BBM. 40 million of them are from IOS/Android.
2. garlic456 (Posts: 88; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)
Why should new Blackberry devices ruin Android Gingerbread at its cores?
8. tatail (Posts: 63; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
My question to PA is: why is the least important news about BlackBerry is being posted here but not the most important? Today, BlackBerry officially released 10.2.1.537 with hundreds of new features and I don't see a single article about it here.
What's going on?
10. axllebeer (Posts: 248; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
Agreed, 1.000 times over. Today is the big day for many when 10.2.1 finally officially drops! (unless you are a Sprint customer)
12. thealphageek1 (Posts: 257; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
I'm in total agreement, also. Luckily, PA just put something up about this Awesome update!
15. tatail (Posts: 63; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
That something is not half of the features available in 10.2.1 so makes one wonder what is going on.
13. Alan01 (Posts: 140; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
We covered the update both yesterday and today.
14. axllebeer (Posts: 248; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
After posting my comment, I went back to the main page of Phone Arena and saw the story had been posted. I swear it wasn't there before.
16. tatail (Posts: 63; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Yes, after I left my comment you have posted the article or just about the same time..
Thanks for the effort.
17. NokiaFTW (Posts: 492; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
At the moment, BBM isn't as widely used by many, so it still isn't a must have app for us WP users. However, it will surely be coming to WP in the near future. I don't think BlackBerry are gonna ignore the 45 plus million people that use WP devices for too long.