Be calm!! BBM will soon be available on iOS and Android devices, but just before then here’s a table comparing some of the big Cross-Platform IM Apps alongside our beloved BBM. Have a look.
|Supported Platforms||BB 10, BB OS (android and iOS soon)||Series 40,Symbian and Samsung’s Bada platform||Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, BB 10, iOS, Symbian and WP.||iOS, Android, BBOS, BB 10, Series 40, Symbian (S60), and WP||BBOS, Series 40.|
|Login?||Not required||Not required||Required||Not required||Required|
|Voice call support||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Video call support||Yes (BB10)||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Plus**||Real-time message receipts and in-app sharing.||You can switch calls between your PC and your mobile device.||Supported on many platforms and can also be used to call Landlines across the world.||Supported on many platforms.||–|
|Sadly…||Previous versions of the BBM didn’t support video call||Can’t call a non-viber user||Audio quality is sometimes horrible.||You have to give out your phone number to everyone you choose to chat with.||It’s still not in the competition.|
There are other well-known Apps too like Keek, Tango, WeChat, LINE, Fringe and a host of others which we didn’t mention, but then they are also cool cross-platform apps that are widely used.
So Fathomberry is asking, if BBM goes cross-platform are you going to throw away your BlackBerry Smartphone or are you going to still use it and why. Vote and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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