A recent report revealed BlackBerry Messenger has a more loyal user base than any other Android messaging service. This report includes apps such as WhatsApp and WeChat, as well as social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Thanks to thousands of BBM messages, Brazilian authorities were able to properly uncover a corruption scandal in Brazil. The scandal involved more than 100 people skimming money from a Brazilian oil company.
BlackBerry's plan to launch BBM for Windows Phone by June clearly fell by the wayside. Now it says it's releasing a beta version, though those easily frustrated by buggy software are asked to wait "just a bit longer" for the full product.
BlackBerry boss John Chen revealed Thursday that BBM – the cross-platform messaging app that's come to form part of the company's saviour strategy – now has 160 million active users. However, it appears only half of them are using it with any regularity.
While the risk of attack is deemed by BlackBerry as "extremely small," the company is nevertheless taking the precautionary measure of rolling out patches for Android and iOS users of its BBM app to prevent any possibility of a Heartbleed-related attack.
BBM forms a key part of BlackBerry's plan to return to profitability, with the company confirming in recent days its intent to bring the software to Windows Phone by July. The messaging app launched for iOS and Android in October last year.
BlackBerry has announced a number of new features set to arrive with the next version of its BBM messaging app, including photo-sharing in group chats and larger file transfers. Meanwhile, competitor Viber says it intends to launch on BB10.
Last month BlackBerry said it'd soon launch BBM for Android phones running Gingerbread and on Tuesday it made good on its promise. With more than 20 percent of the world's Android phones still running v. 2.3, the app's user base could receive quite a boost.
The guy in charge of BlackBerry Messenger, Andrew Bocking, is the latest executive to leave the embattled mobile company. BBM is one of BlackBerry's few success stories, so his decision to walk out may come as a surprise to some.
BBM got 10 million downloads in its first 24 hours when it launched for Android and iOS last month, though iPod Touch and Wi-Fi-only iPad users were left out. An update rolled out Thursday, however, means everyone's now invited to the BBM party.
iOS and Android users are showing some serious interest in the BBM instant messaging app, with BlackBerry announcing more than 10 million downloads in its first 24 hours of availability.
It may be having trouble selling its smartphones, but it looks like plenty of Android and iDevice owners are up for using BlackBerry's BBM messenger service, with more than 5 million downloads reported for the app on its first day of availability.
BlackBerry's BBM messaging app for Android and iOS is on its way! Trouble is, no one knows exactly when it'll arrive. It was supposed to launch last weekend, but it all went horribly wrong. Now the company says it won't be here for at least another week.
Announced to great fanfare at a BlackBerry Live event back in May, the launch of BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS this weekend was supposd to be a proud moment for the troubled mobile company. But it didn't happen.
BlackBerry has announced it will release the cross-platform BBM app for iOS and Android this weekend. It's Android up first on September 21, while iOS will follow the day after.