Voice and video calling coming to BBM for iOS and BBM for Android within months
The Morning Edition, Bocking said that this will be the way for BlackBerry to make money off of BBM. Calling Channels a "social engagement platform within BBM," the executive says that it spreads the "BBM experience to brands, artists, businesses and communities, you will now be able to connect with individuals and groups in real time."
CBC says that BBM Channels will launch soon, although the service might remain in beta for some time. Speaking of BBM, Bocking says that "We continue to plan to evolve the service and keep making it more engaging and have more reasons why people will come back to use the service." With BlackBerry looking to monetize Channels as a way to profit from BBM, we could be looking at a new BlackBerry, more software oriented with a focus away from handsets.
source: BlackBerry, @andreabellmare via MobileSyrup
7. Coolhead (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Is your question for real or your just kidding? Close to 100 million people that's who.
11. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 144; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
By the JK at the end, he is trying to make a snide remark.
9. taikucing (Posts: 560; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
of course they are the people who have friends & socialize.
3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 599; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
It would be nice to have BBM on Windows Phone...
4. orca99 (Posts: 64; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
That's the price you've to pay for choosing an ecosystem with a 3% market share. Have to wait in line for the developers to service Android/iOs first.
8. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
Have a nice dream... :P
6. jsdechavez (Posts: 651; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Yeah right, probably VOICE and VIDEO over wifi only.
10. kg4icg (Posts: 61; Member since: 18 May 2008)
Blackberry has said bbm for win phone 8 is in the works.
12. AfterShock (Posts: 516; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I don't get the delays, only makes other IM apps harder to challenge.
This will keep them mediocre as usual.
My hang outs update will be here within a week, and that's going to hit 80% roughly of smartphone users.
BBM, thanks for coming out.
13. siraj989 (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
Why would anyone want to use BBM we got plenty of social app whatsaap viber skype nimbuzz line and many more.
15. Armor (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
Because BBM uses pins and not your phone number (so you don't have to disclose your phone number), thus making it much more secure and the app is super smooth. BBM was the first messaging app and is still the best.
16. siraj989 (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
The worst thing about is that you can't see if the person is online or offline
17. matt69 (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
BBM just removed the ability to send a PICTURE to group messages.... I have ZERO faith they will have video calling HAHAHAAHAHA.
LAME LAME LAME. I actually was rooting for BBM until the most recent update when instead of fixing BBM crashing when sending a PIC to a group message they just REMOVED the feature! Are you kidding me?!
18. Stuntman (Posts: 588; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
So, in a matter of months, I will be able to do on BBM what I have already been able to do on GTalk/Hangouts for years.