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BlackBerry Messenger cancelled for iPhone, Android?

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BlackBerry Messenger cancelled for iPhone, Android?
RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger was key to the platform’s success in the past, and is still one of the best things about BlackBerries. That’s why news about it coming to iOS and Android were particularly exciting, giving ‘Berry loyalists a reason to stick with the declining platform. But it didn’t last long - RIM will drop plans for BBM apps on other platforms in order to be able to go for “direct competition,” if we are to believe the prediction of Jefferies’ analyst Peter Misek.

RIM, known for offering top notch security and corporate features, is also said to be working on an enterprise support solution for both Android and iOS, giving better control and monitoring over employees. Work on this won’t be cancelled, but will slow down, Misek adds.

The scoops come after the analyst sat for an interview with RIM’s new chief executive Thorsten Heins. After it, the analyst cut his target for RIM shares down to $15 for this financial year.

source: Electric Pig

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posted on 06 Feb 2012, 10:00

1. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

no harm,theres plenty of alternatives available and the blackberry servers can be prone to outages from time to time.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 10:20 2

3. windowsRocks (Posts: 155; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

Plz somebody close these windows phone ads. It keeps popping up even if i close it..... Irritating...............

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 10:18 4

2. windowsRocks (Posts: 155; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

BBM is the only unique thing that BlackBerry has. Not supporting Android & Iphone devices is really a good decision.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 14:36 1

7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

But when your selling point is a glorified instant messanger, you don't really have much going for you. I would almost argue that the best messanger out there will be for Facebook. Hell, Apple and Google would be better off making their own messaging client. Apple has done this a bit with iMessage, but it's not really an IM client...which is both good and bad. Good because anyone with an iPhone can bypass text message charges if they don't have unlimited. Bad because anyone can iMessage anyone and no one can be blocked.

I'm waiting for Google to release one. Could you imagine being able to connect all Android phones? Absolutely awesome.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 15:25

8. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Google Talk is already basically that. It's obviously not nearly as robust as BBM or iMessage but if they were to improve that a bit I think it would be the real winner.

Works on computers, tablets, phones etc... Plus I love that I can be chatting with my GF between all three (computer in the office, tablet when i'm on the couch at home, phone when i'm on the go) and all my chats sync between all 3.

I can be chatting with her on the computer at work and when I leave I can just exit it on the computer without telling her anything and all her messages then go to my tablet/phone.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 11:04 2

4. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

My wife has a BB Torch. She has kept it for BBM, but after using my SGS 2 SR and iPhone 4S, she is ready to call it quits. She gets frustrated with the limitations, outages and old hardware.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 11:05

5. longhairbilly (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Aug 2010)

BBM was the only thing keeping me from jumping ship for the longest time. I finally did and at first it was hard. Now almost two years later I can't believe I stuck around for it as long as I did. There are so many alternatives I lost track of them.

That said, if BBM hit Android I'd buy it.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 12:49 2

6. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Bad move. An app that works on fewer and fewer phones every year is less and less reason to hang on to that old BB. There are too many decent cross-platform messengers for this to matter anymore.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 20:22

9. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

funny that this is a topic because back early last year i asked the lames at RIM was this EVER gonna happen and they told me...."its not possible and will never happen"..... douche dags

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 23:21 1

11. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)

Problem is as far as the "it won't work part" goes, that's correct. BBM relies solely on a specific PIN that's coded to each and every BlackBerry. Even the PlayBook has one. The way it currently works it's not possible to implement BBM on non-BlackBerry devices as there is no PIN. That's the end of the line. For this to happen, a non-BlackBerry phone would have to be built with a PIN coded into it when it's built, or RIM would need to completely change the way BBM works which may have to happen when BB10 phones come out anyway. So, a year or so down the road it can be looked at again. But will they then? Who knows. But you can't take an Android phone in your hand now and get BBM on it even if it was built from the ground up just for Android. It would have no way to talk to RIM's servers without that PIN. Right now, they have bigger fish to fry.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 22:58

10. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Okay, so they basically want to keep BBM in their hip pocket for now as a selling point for their product. I can understand. But most people on this thread have said this: It isn't nearly enough in this day and age. Even if BBM is still the best, which you can sure make that argument, the other OS's all have something at least decent to work off of and are light years ahead in most other catagories. This may be a good decision to protect your product, but you need a product to protect. BB10 and a "hero" Blackberry phone that competes need to be your selling point, not BBM.

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