BBM coming soon to Windows Phone; messaging app to be pre-loaded on Nokia Lumia 630?
posted by Alan F. / May 31, 2014, 2:14 PM
promised Windows Phone users that they too, would be allowed to subscribe to BBM. And while this has yet to take place, earlier speculation had the app opening up to Microsoft's mobile OS platform between May and June. The timing then, couldn't be better for a photograph posted by a Reddit account holder. The picture shows that BBM should soon be available on the Windows Phone Store. In addition, BBM is supposedly going to be offered as a pre-loaded app on the Nokia Lumia 630.
The reason why this is so important for BlackBerry, is that BBM could eventually be a source of cash if things get tight. And as previously noted, the higher the number of BBM subscribers, the more the platform will fetch in a sale. John Chen has also started to monetize BBM by signing up major advertisers for sponsored discussion groups with BBM Channels. In addition, a recent update to BBM added the BBM Store, where users can purchase BBM Stickers.
BBM is not worth anywhere near the $19 billion that WhatsApp fetched from Facebook, at least not yet. But BlackBerry is doing all the right things in pumping up the value of BBM. And soon, iOS, Android and Windows Phone users will be able to use BBM Video which might add even more members to the messaging app.
Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!
source: Jeruknipis.com (translated)
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Nice, WP app store is very mature now. Tons of the most popular apps and games are available or on the way.
posted on May 31, 2014, 2:31 PM 10
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Its good to see Chen bringing his company's apps to more platforms. Its the only way he can make the company profitable really.
posted on May 31, 2014, 3:05 PM 4
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I played today with 630 for a moment, it's nice phone and WP 8.1 seems to be huge step ahead of WP8 but these on screen buttons...I hate them, I hope that Nokia will never stop using physical layout in their high end models. I wanted to buy Z1 Compact but these screen buttons make no sense, only take already small usage area, when bezels are still big enough to hold physical buttons.
posted on May 31, 2014, 3:54 PM 0
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Well I'm already using the Lumia 630 and nope bbm is not preloaded onto it. Maybe is is just a regional affair
posted on May 31, 2014, 6:27 PM 2
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The picture taken is from an Indonesian Lumia 630 box. And the phone hasn't been released here yet. I guess Nokia Indonesia is waiting for BBm to be released to WP before releasing the phone. Cause as the box suggested.. Bbm and Path are major draws for people in buying new phones.
posted on May 31, 2014, 10:00 PM 0
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Please check your facts before posting the article.. Saying that Chen had an epiphany AFTER Facebook purchased WhatsApp is a gross mistake as BBM had been available for iOS and android since 2013 while Facebook purchased WhatsApp only in Feb 2014..
posted on Jun 01, 2014, 2:56 PM 2
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