FileScout, one of the most popular utility apps for BlackBerry, just received its most recent update with version 188.8.131.52. Among the many bug fixes and minor interface changes, the most exciting feature in this update is the integration of BlackBerry Messenger into the the app. FileScout, famous for allowing users to navigate through all of the files stored on their BlackBerry, now allows you to send any of those files to any of your BBM contacts quickly and easily.
We’re starting to see more and more developers running with the new BBM Social Platform in their apps, and that’s a huge deal for BlackBerry and for RIM. They’re creating a brand new branch of social integration that reaches beyond Twitter and Facebook sharing. It creates a method of information sharing that is exclusive to BlackBerry users, and from where I’m standing, it’s a sharing method that seems to be super easy and seamless. As we learned yesterday at the RIM shareholders meeting, there are 67 million BlackBerry users worldwide, 45 million of which are regular BBM users. That’s a huge amount of people. BlackBerry developers would be silly not to take advantage of that kind of market.
The update does require BBM version 6.0 or higher to run, and it’s available for download at BlackBerry’s AppWorld for $4.99 with a free 30-day trial.