BBM launch on iOS and Android is far too late

BlackBerry BBM for iPhone iOS AndroidBlackBerry is renowned for pioneering the smartphone, although the tides have quickly changed over the past five years. From 50 percent market share in 2009, to less than 3 percent today, BlackBerry has struggled immensely in an industry that is constantly changing. Apple, Samsung and Google have all entered the market and driven millions of users to products like the iPhone, iPad and Galaxy lineup of smartphones and tablets.

Despite its difficulties, the Waterloo-based company is still believed to have a valuable asset in BlackBerry Messenger. The messaging service makes its long-awaited — and delayed — debut on iOS and Android today, but perhaps far too late. Let’s face it. People have moved on. I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that Kik Messenger has a cool 50 million unique users, or that it’s located across the street from BlackBerry. WhatsApp only adds insult to injury, and don’t discount Viber.  (more…)

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Is it too late for BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android?

Is it too late for BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android?

blackberry-iconBlackBerry Messenger is launching on iOS and Android before the end of the summer, and the company is now sending beta invites to certain people through its Beta Zone program.

But a large majority of smartphone users now have iPhones or Android devices with iMessage or Google Hangouts, and then there are apps like WhatsApp, Viber and Kik Messenger.

The number of messaging services available nowadays is substantially higher than when BlackBerry reigned, so does BBM still have a chance to thrive on iOS and Android? Or, is it too late?

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BBM Expected to Launch on Android By the End of September

blackberry-iconBlackBerry Messenger is expected to launch on Android within the next two months, according to Sunil Lalvani, managing director for BlackBerry India.

In an interview with IBN Live, Lalvani reiterated statements made by BlackBerry that confirm BBM will arrive on the Google platform this summer, and quickly added that summer in North America extends until September.  (more…)

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Market News: Apple, Samsung Continue to Grow in US as BlackBerry Struggles

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The latest comScore market reports are in, and Apple and Samsung are the only two players currently growing. Apple grew 0.3% in the US market, while Samsung grew 1.7%, likely thanks to the release of its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S 4. HTC, maker of the venerable One, saw their share drop 0.6%. Samsung’s gain of 1.7% solidifies its position as the dominant Android manufacturer in the United States, leaving only Apple to contest the space.

BlackBerry announced their quarterly results this morning, and those results paint a dreary picture for the future of the company. The past quarter marks the first full quarter that BlackBerry 10 devices have been available. The Canadian company shipped 6.8 million devices — a sum of the number of BB10 and older devices — but lost $84 million. The 6.8 million devices shipped also doesn’t represent the number of devices actually sold.

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Windows Phone Leapfrogs BlackBerry for Third Place in Mobile Space

Trio-Windows-Phone-8X-HTCWindows Phone is now the third-largest mobile platform worldwide, gaining more than triple its market share year-over-year and leapfrogging the recovering BlackBerry in the midst.

According to the latest numbers from IDC, a leading market research firm, 7 million Windows Phone units were shipped in the first quarter for 3.2 percent market share. BlackBerry moved 6.3 million units, but dropped to 2.9 percent market share.  (more…)

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Do You Use an Internet Messaging System?


News broke today that BlackBerry will be releasing their venerable BBM messaging platform for both iOS and Android, creating a truly multi-platform product out of a service that once existed on only BlackBerry devices. This announcement has triggered various reactions, but it seems that the most prevalent argument is that most people are already using an internet messaging system.

Some see this announcement as a desperate ploy for BlackBerry to gain back some users to its services, while others see it is a way to prevent current BBM users from defecting to other devices. Regardless of which it is, the question remains: are internet messaging clients and protocols really as popular as BlackBerry would have you believe?

Whether it’s the popular WhatsApp client, something more old-school like AIM or Google Talk, or even built-in services like iMessage, do you routinely use a messaging client to communicate with friends, family, or coworkers?

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BlackBerry Launching BBM on iPhone and Android This Summer

blackberry-iconFacing increasing competition from cross-platform messaging services iMessage, WhatsApp and Kik Messenger, BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins announced on Tuesday that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be launching on iOS and Android this summer.

“The BB10 platform is so strong, and the response has been so good, that the time is right for BBM to become an independent mobile messaging platform,” claimed Heins.

The launch of BBM on iOS and Android has been in the rumor mill for over two years, so the move certainly isn’t surprising. The announcement was made at the BlackBerry Live 2013 conference in Orlando, although further details are limited at this point. Heins did confirm that both messaging services and the new BlackBerry Channels social feature will be supported by BBM on iOS and Android.

Alongside the physical keyboard, BBM has long been a major selling point of BlackBerry smartphones, so it will be interesting to see how the launch of the messaging service on rival platforms pans out for the Waterloo-based corporation. BBM, much like iMessage, is in essence a hybrid between text messaging and instant messaging. The service does not require a cellular data connection for communication.

Sources: TalkAndroid, BGR

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Are Tablets a Passing Fad? BlackBerry’s CEO Thinks So

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Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry, doesn’t think that the tablet will be popular in five years. Why? “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.” The CEO, interviewed by Bloomberg today, offered his opinion on various topics, though the most controversial was easily his stance on tablets. BlackBerry, formerly RIM, has actually launched a tablet: the PlayBook. That device failed in the market, partially due to an incomplete OS. (more…)

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POLL: Will You Buy the QWERTY-Equipped BlackBerry Q10?

Blackberry_Q10_338If there is one particular feature about the BlackBerry that is constantly praised, it’s the tactile QWERTY keyboard on the bottom half of the handset. Earlier this year, BlackBerry released its flagship Z10 smartphone without one and has seen modest success.

But for those diehard BlackBerry fans that aren’t ready to ditch the physical keyboard yet, the 3.1-inch Q10 is on its way. It’ll cost $250 on-contract and should launch in the United States in May. Will you be buying one? Be sure to head to the comments section within the iFans forums to answer the poll.

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BlackBerry 10 Launch in United States Hasn’t Been Well Received

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While there has been a lot of positive news surrounding the BlackBerry 10 launch since late January, things aren’t looking so good for the Canadian corporation south of its native soil. In the United States, reception to the new BlackBerry 10 platform — and Z10 smartphone that runs the software — hasn’t been met with much acclaim.

The numbers speak for themselves:

A recent poll by MKM Partners reveals that an overwhelming 83% of Americans do not know that BlackBerry has launched their new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone or  new Blackberry 10 platform.

The company’s trouble does not just include marketing woes. The Wall Street Journal reports that over 50% of customers have returned their BlackBerry smartphones after trying out the platform.

The smartphone market in the United States has long been dominated by the iPhone and Android devices, making it extremely difficult for smaller handset makers in BlackBerry and Windows Phone to push their devices to consumers. BlackBerry has since denied the high return rates in the U.S., claiming that they are in line with most other premium smartphones.


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