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All posts tagged "BBM"

  • BlackBerry says apps should work on all mobile operating systems

    Do you ever feel limited by your Apple, Android or Microsoft ecosystem? Well, you're not alone. BlackBerry CEO John Chen feels that exclusive applications and content for different mobile operating systems are discriminatory, and should thus cater for all ecosystems if true net neutrality is to be achieved. In a blog post Chen uses the analogy of a train system, saying that most of the discussion involving net neutrality focuses on the carriers which represents the tracks. The railway cars, Chen argues, are operated by content and applications. Neutrality legislation must take a "holistic view", he says. If we are...

  • The Z3 could benefit from BlackBerry’s African dominance

    BlackBerry might not be the cool kid in developed markets, but it sure as hell is in a number of other places. Recent figures by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners put the longtime mobile developer at the bottom of total US market share for Q4 2013. What's worse, it was hardly a dip from the previous year. Actual blackberries (the fruit) may be more popular right now. The firm still contends against products like Window's Phone, however, selling almost two-million units that same quarter. Where those units are is interesting: BlackBerry owns nearly a quarter of the mobile market in South Africa...

  • Twitter wants to be a messaging app, Instagram wants to be Snapchat. And that’s missing the point…

    Of course Snapchat turning down a US$3-billion offer from Facebook has made everyone sit up and take notice. That’s real money, even for the Valley. Is it a surprise that Twitter last week moved direct messaging to the timeline? Is it a surprise that it's added photo messaging to DMs? Is it a surprise that Instagram launched private (‘Direct’) messaging? No. No. No. And it's also not a surprise that those two companies unveiled these features within a day of each other. It's a fight for attention. Right now, there’s no winner takes all. Even WhatsApp (ironically the least innovative...

  • Here’s the problem with BBM for Android and iPhone

    BlackBerry is understandably making a big deal about the 10-million downloads of BBM for iPhone and Android it saw in the first 24 hours. That’s a massive number. Compare it with the previous unofficial record set by Angry Birds Space, which saw 10-million downloads over three days when it was released in 2012. Welcome BBM for #Android & #iPhone users! More than 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours: http://t.co/Mft7h6PFtq— BBM (@BBM) October 22, 2013 But, there are a few problems with the 10 million number... It doesn’t yet put BBM as a platform back into a strong growth position....

  • Apple freebies, #Music killed and Capt America back: #StuffToKnow this week

    So Apple is giving away its desktop operating system for free, but you'll still have to fork out for a thinner, lighter iPad. The site they shutdown the US government for keeps crashing. Mark Zuckerburg could make Scrooge McDuck envious of his money pit and Twitter turned off the mic of the #Music app before it even had a chance to walk on stage. TECH From iPad Air to Mac Pro: everything you need to know about Apple's fall event Okay so nothing really impressive, the only substantial announcement as far as new gadgets go would be the iPad Air which is...

  • BlackBerry says it didn’t post all those positive BBM reviews, promise

    Thought all those reviews thanking the BlackBerry team for the "user friendly and smooth" BBM app for Android were a bit suspicious? You're not the only one. BlackBerry has been quick to distance itself from any shady suggestions after some journalists and tech bloggers raised questions about the volume and type of reviews its app was racking up on Google Play. As one blogger pointed out, the official BBM app for Android seems to be gathering not only a high number of high 5-star rankings, but the descriptions accompanying those reviews look very similar... in fact, almost as though...

  • In one day, BBM for Android and iPhone was downloaded 10 million times

    Yes, we knew the launch of BlackBerry's popular chat app on Android and iPhone was going to be big -- c'mon, the unreleased version had more than a million users and it was just a leak -- but 5-million downloads eight hours after the official apps were released is seriously impressive. Even crazier? The fact that BlackBerry saw 10-million downloads in the first 24 hours after the launch. Yes, that's the latest figure out of Waterloo, with BlackBerry Messenger head Andrew Bocking revealing that the company has already clocked more than 10-million downloads of its cross-platform messaging app (which...

  • BlackBerry: 5m people downloaded BBM for iOS, Android in first 8 hours

    As a company, BlackBerry might be in dire shape, but it's clear that people are still incredibly hungry for its proprietary messaging system BBM. In the first eight hours after the company announced that the chat app was ready to be released on iOS and Android, it announced on Twitter that five-million people had managed to download it. Next 5 million in line - your turn! Open up BBM and click "I got the email" to get started on #BBM right away!— BBM (@BBM) October 22, 2013 If that tweet is to be believed meanwhile, there were at least...

  • BlackBerry finally rolling out BBM for Android and iOS today

    Guess what BBM fans? After many toils it seems BlackBerry is ready to roll out its messenger service for Android and iOS. "This is the news you’ve been waiting for! I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe," posted BBM head Andrew Bocking on BlackBerry's official blog. Last month the mobile manufacturer halted its scheduled rollout of BBM for Android and iOS due to a leaked version that apparently caused havoc with its service. The delay could not have come at a worse...

  • It looks like BlackBerry has finally blown it

    I am an ardent fan of BlackBerry and its latest offerings, based on BlackBerry OS 10, were some of the easiest to use (and smartest) of the current batch of smartphones. Even before the recent job cuts and the pending acquisition, BlackBerry have had a tough ride the past few years. Its older OS, BB7, was way overdue for a replacement and OS 10 took three years too long to come to market. BlackBerry experienced a number of system failures that left its faithfully out of touch for far too long, and to compound that, BlackBerry carried on as...

  • BBM for iPhone, Android to save us from iMessage, WhatsApp on 21 September

    While BlackBerry is rumoured to be pursuing a sale -- to be wrapped up as quickly as November -- and preparing another round of layoffs, the embattled Canadian titan is still releasing devices and plowing ahead with plans to roll out BBM to the iPhone and Android platforms. The once exclusively BlackBerry-only club will open its doors on 21 September and there is no cover charge -- BBM will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store. Why would you leave the comfort of iOS 7's swanky new messages app or your swiss-army knife of...

  • BlackBerry services down for Vodafone users in Europe, Middle East, Africa

    Yes, BlackBerry is having connection issues again -- but it's not the type of widespread outage we saw back in 2011 when BIS was down for days on end. In what seems to be a carrier problem, BlackBerry users on Vodafone networks are experiencing down time in large parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. RIM alerted its users and customers in the UK via twitter account, posting the following: "Vodafone service issues are impacting some BlackBerry customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa. We are supporting their efforts to resolve." The fault is considered to be a router...

  • Free voice calls over Wi Fi comes to BBM in beta

    While RIM is focusing on the BlackBerry 10 OS launch, a new feature for BBM users is also ready to roll. Free voice calls between BBM users over Wi Fi will be available in Beta from today. Following in the footsteps of similar Android and iOS apps like Viber, this will help to save on voice minutes and costs, as long as a Wi Fi signal is used. A few other tweaks to the current BBM 7.0 include the merging of a user's BBM ID with their BlackBerry ID, linking all contacts and purchases under one ID. This offers the...

  • Can you use BBM to fight pollution? One community thinks so

    BlackBerry’s native messaging service BBM hasn’t always had good press. It’s been blamed for inciting riots, and a number of governments have sought to control it. But how effective is it when it gets used for good? The answer, apparently, is very as one South African community found out for itself. The residents decided to harness BBM in their fight against the pollution of a man-made lake. When the lake began giving...

  • Hey MXit, where’s the share button?

    MXit, the free instant messaging and social media platform, has been in the news lately, primarily because it was acquired by World of Avatar, a South African investment group lead by Alan Knott Craig Junior, last year. Where MXit has excelled in the pre-smartphone market has been in connecting to other services like Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk and Facebook while operating on the relatively cheap GPRS packet oriented mobile data service. Prior to BlackBerry and its infamous BBM free instant messaging service, people between the age of 10 and 18 used the service to connect with their friends and chat in...