BBM much more popular on iOS than Android
posted by Alan F. / Nov 22, 2013, 5:08 PM
In trying to explain the difference in reception for BBM on the two platforms, some point to the reverse bias found with messaging app Kik. Not only does this app match BBM in the numbers of iOS and Android users, Kik is located in Waterloo, Ontario which is home to BlackBerry (a great coincidence). In the U.S., Kik is the 39th top iOS app while it is number 12 on GooglePlay. In other words, unlike BBM, Kik appears to be more popular amongst Android users.
Kik's position as the teen messaging app for the moment appears to be at the center of things. BBM is not aiming for the teen user. It still has a focus on the business user, a legacy leftover from the days when a BlackBerry was as much an essential tool for the businessman as a pinstriped suit. Does this mean that the iPhone has become more of a essential business tool than an Android handset?
It still is early days for BBM on the two platforms and others could explain the difference in acceptance of the app by saying that perhaps there are fewer interesting choices for iOS which explains BBM's higher chart position for that platform. We could go back and forth (and probably will) without getting closer to the actual reason for the discrepancy. for now, we can only present the statistics which show BBM as being more popular among iOS users.
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Oh, I thought it was BB making their stupid secure email service available for non BB phones. I didn't think people actually used it for, well, non business crap. Oh well. Now I know. Why would I use such a service when BB will be dead in about a year.
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 5:14 PM 0
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I think it is more to do with the average former BB user went Iphone over Android when they migrated from BB. Makes sense to me. In BB's heyday, it was more than a business phone, it was the phone to be. It was this even during the Iphone's initial year or 2, the 3GS is where the Iphone really started conquering.
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 5:33 PM 1
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i dont think its accurate.... popularity is not measured by 1st 2nd and 3rd..... because IF it takes a 100,000 download on ios to be in the top 5.... a 100,000 download on android wont get u no where near top 5.... basically if an app make it to top 5 on both ios and android chances are there are way more download on android than ios.... an app that is in the top 20 on android can have more downloads than a app in the top 5 on ios....
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 5:57 PM 6
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This is what happens when you news "source" is a site as atrocious as BGR. It's crazy how they still exist. Their "reporters" must be kindergartners. Why on earth is PA citing them? But, good catch on your part. This is a complete BS, worthless BRG typical article.
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 6:50 PM 3
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