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BBM for Android and iOS finally lets you ignore PINs

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BBM for Android and iOS finally lets you ignore PINs
When BlackBerry Messenger first came out, it made sense to have a unique BBM PIN that you shared in order to connect with friends. At the time, people were wary of using a phone number as the identification for such a service (and Snapchat has shown that you still should be), so the idea made sense. However, these days the idea is antiquated and frankly just flat out annoying in practice.

BBM for Android and iOS finally lets you ignore PINs
Luckily, a new update for BBM is bringing a much needed "Find Friends" feature to Android and iOS. So, rather than sharing a BBM PIN, the app will simply use your local contacts list to find people you know on the service. BlackBerry isn't explicit about how it will work, but we assume your local contacts will be compared to the information held on BlackBerry servers. And, you can easily invite new users to the service via email or SMS. 

The update for Android will be rolling out over the next 24 hours, and the update for iPhone is planned for sometime this week. It's a solid update to BBM, but as usual the question remains whether it really matters, or if BlackBerry is once again too late to the game. At this point, it seems that most users who found BBM the most useful have already moved to WhatsApp or even Facebook for their messaging needs. Will anyone out there be using this?

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posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:46

1. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

I like BBM. It's interface is minimalistic and elegant. They should make their emoticons a bit larger too.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 17:25

2. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)

I'd really like to see where you got your information that "most users" have moved on to other messaging apps. Most users I know still use and love bbm. It seems like Phonearena is being well paid to be in the Blackberry bashing business. Esoecially with Alan F on the articles. And while 80 somewhat million users may be small compared to Whatsapp, its still nothing to sneeze at. Its funny how Phonearena bashes anything about Blackberry for having such a small market share, and yet praise WP, even though they have such a small market share.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 23:33

3. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Probably because what was stated above is true.. BBM has a lot of catching up to do. It's gaining users but still dwarfed by What's App in active users and messages per day.

The main reason why Blackberries small customer base is more focused on is because they were once the smart phone kings and have lost that position due to laziness and arrogance. Their new CEO seems to have the right idea though and they are making huge steps in the right direction.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 00:36

4. NewroticSlob (Posts: 136; Member since: 09 May 2013)

I think he was questioning why did the writer stated, "It's a solid update to BBM, but as usual the question remains whether it really matters, or if BlackBerry is once again too late to the game." If it's such a positive, then why the negative? To warn? To indicate lack of bias? It seems more likely that they can't give BB a positive w/o a negative. That is bias.
And I agree with you whole-heartedly about Mr. Chen. He has shown every indication that he is a very capable CEO.
To answer the writer's question: yes, I will be using BBM.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 21:55

6. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Because it's a legitimate question and true statement. I guarantee everyone in phonearena (over a certain age) used BBM. Mainly because EVERYONE had a Blackberry at one point or another ergo used BBM. It was the most popular chatting app in the world. They were VERY late in the game in pushing this great service to other platforms. They could have remained king if they did that when the demand was high and everyone moved on until it recently became available.

I personally don't see bias and would like to see an article solely on number of active users and number of messages sent per day but it's still too early to tell. A big indication of this is going to be once people with What's App hit their renewal period and decide whether they want to jump ship for a free service such as BBM or something else.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 05:50

5. verty (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Michael H again!!!!! I consider myself a phone and Os liberal. I have used all major OS' and truth be told I found windows phone sufficiently boring yet BB more exciting than windows. So I wonder what Phone Arena's gripe with BB is. From all indications John Chen is goona revive BB. He has so much goodwill rooting for Him. I got the iphone 5 and I am yet to see what the hype is all about. Yes it's a nice phone but pls it does not even compare with my andriod Sammy note 2. PA MH put a sock in it. I will be using. Z30 soonest.

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