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BBM on iOS and Android Review Rebuttal: Why Pins and Other Features Make Sense

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My recent review of BBM didn’t go over well with a few die-hard BlackBerry fans and I thought it only fair to give them a chance at rebuttal, since the site the review is posted to doesn’t allow comments. Generally, the big problems I had with BBM are rooted in the user experience, specifically around adding friends and onboarding users. The other major issue I have is that most people I talked to don’t really understand what the current value of going BBM is over current communication apps out there, including basic SMS. Considering this is a messaging app, those are pretty big criticisms, but I’m happy to concede I might be wrong or misguided. Read on for some rebuttal from reader @StephenBB81.
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BBM On iOS and Android Review: Basic Features With Big Implications

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BlackBerry announced that BBM on iOS and Android hit the 10 million download mark and for a first day launch, that’s pretty incredible. The question, is whether BlackBerry can grow and keep those users engaged, in order to rival WhatsApp’s 350 monthly active users, and be a significant player in the industry. We’ve played around with BBM for iOS and Android, as well as asked some friends in the biz what they think.

Click here to read the full article on Macgasm.net.

BBM Channels Beta Review: BlackBerry’s Monetization Strategy for BBM

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BlackBerry is ramping up BlackBerry Channels and it looks like it’s going to be the monetization tool for BBM. While WhatsApp charges $0.99 per year, it seems BlackBerry is going to find an alternative monetization strategy by leveraging brands and possibly advertising in the BBM Channels network. Perhaps this has nothing to do with monetization, but that’s our best guess and we’re sticking to it. So what is it going to take for BBM Channels to be a successful cross-platform content network? Read on.
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BlackBerry Announces Cloud Based Electronic Mobility Management

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BlackBerry has unveiled a new service today at Gartner Symposium/ITXpo 2013. Electronic Mobility Management is a cloud-based mobile management solution for BlackBerry, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Continue reading ‘BlackBerry Announces Cloud Based Electronic Mobility Management’

First Impressions of the Official BBM for Android App

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EDITOR NOTE: The following is sent in by a friend of mine that has early access to devices and apps as he works as an IT admin and runs the company’s smartphone and tablet deployments. I’m reposting this under my name because he’s obviously under NDA.

I was one of the lucky people to be on the beta test for BBM on Android. I have gone on and off my Galaxy S3 for the past 2 months testing every new feature they were adding with every release. The app has matured like you wouldn’t believe in such a small amount of time.
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BlackBerry Messenger to be Released on Google Play and iTunes September 21st

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BlackBerry has announced that they’ll be releasing BBM for iOS and Android this Saturday September 21st. The much-copied mobile IM app has been a BlackBerry exclusive since it’s launch in early 2006. Continue reading ‘BlackBerry Messenger to be Released on Google Play and iTunes September 21st’