BlackBerry Messenger may come preloaded on some Android devices
posted by Michael H. / Jun 05, 2013, 3:51 PM
Like today's news about BlackBerry's next flagship phone, the A10, this news comes from CNET. which had interviewed BlackBerry's chief operating officer (COO) Kristian Tear. Tear said, "There is interest from other handset makers," but didn't mention specific companies that BlackBerry has been in talks with. Tear also didn't elaborate on when BBM for Android would be released, nor if the devices with the service preloaded would be targeted to the U.S., although he did seem to imply the strategy may be targeted at countries where BBM is more actively used.
There has been talk is being abandoned by American users, who are switching to more popular platforms like Android and iOS. Tear tried to dispel that rumor saying that BBM has an active user base of 61 million customers around the world, and 70% of those users are daily users. Of course, for comparison's sake, WhatsApp has more than 200 million users.
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BBM was the last good exclusive BB had. Now there is no reason to buy a BB.
posted on Jun 05, 2013, 4:05 PM 6
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am I missing something? what was so great about BBM? serious question. I had a blackberry and didn't even use it.
posted on Jun 05, 2013, 4:17 PM 4
Well, thats a pretty good start to moving towards BB Services, I would say. If they will not be able to fight with BB phones ( or which they might be selling), they can still continue with their BB services. May be they can be professional services on Android phones :). So definitely a good start to put their name out.
posted on Jun 05, 2013, 4:17 PM 1
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A moment of silence for those who purchased a Blackberry just to use BBM.
posted on Jun 05, 2013, 4:46 PM 13
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Actually, it's a good thing for them. They get to chat with more people and won't have to have more than one messaging app running, if they can get their Android and iOS friends to switch over to BBM from whatever messaging service they're currently using. That's a giant IF, from what I can see. With so many solid messaging services available for Android and iOS, BBM will have to bring a lot more to the table if they want to start a cross-platform userbase.
posted on Jun 05, 2013, 7:41 PM 0
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If it BB goes through with it I hope they think it over carefully cause then there would be no sales for BB10 Devices cause people will just get BBM for Android or iPhone then who'd buy a BB?
posted on Jun 05, 2013, 5:50 PM 1
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Gee, yet another bloatware app to remove. Just saying, if people really wanted it, they could get it off the Play Store, no need to rub it down our throats. Same applies to pretty much every non-essential stock app.
posted on Jun 05, 2013, 6:16 PM 1
Preloaded? Whatever happened to having a choice?
posted on Jun 05, 2013, 8:06 PM 0
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