Hello everyone, Its Fathomberry here. Its been a while we posted some major news here, especially our weekly Fathom-Wednesday and we sincerely apologise for this, we’d hate to give excuses but for circumstances beyond our control we’ve not posted in a while, but hey, we’re back (almost) and today we will bring you up to speed on everything BlackBerry. So lets just say this is everything from Fathom-Wednesday Week 36 – 38. 😉
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.
- BlackBerry Messenger: The End of Platform Specific Services? (thedroidguy.com)
- Maaii app vs Viber, WhatsApp, BBM for Android and iOS (phonesreview.co.uk)
- BBM release for Android and iOS mistimed (phonesreview.co.uk)
So we just got air that BBM for iOS and Android is due to be released pretty soon. Since its in ‘Beta Testing‘ its safe to assume that in no time our iOS and Android cousins will be ‘pinging’ with us.
“It seems that BlackBerry are moving forward with the cross-platform version of BBM as we have learned that there are a small number of users that are getting the chance to test out the Android, and iOS versions of BBM.
The program is not available for everyone, but if you have received an email like the one shown below, you’ll find it available under Eligible Programs. Much like it will be when it goes official, the beta version of BBM for Android requires v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich); while the beta BBM for iPhone requires iOS 6 as a minimum requirement.
We do know that internal testing within BlackBerry is ongoing, so it’s great to see them open it up to, at least, some members of the public.
Have you been invited to the BBM beta programme? What do you think of Android and iOS users getting their hands on BBM? Let us know!”
In our next ‘Fathom-Wednesday’ post we’ll bring you all and everything you’ve missed in the Blackberry niche.
- BlackBerry begins BBM beta for Android (update: official comment) (engadget.com)
- BlackBerry is Inviting Select Users to Test BBM Beta for iOS and Android (iClarified.com)
- BBM for Android and iOS hits BlackBerry Beta Zone, release imminent (mobilesyrup.com)
Its no news now that BBM is going cross-platform soon and we @ Fathomberry are pretty excited for a couple of reasons which we’d like to share. Though we got comments and replies about how bad-for-business it could be for BlackBerry. Well, let’s see, we think its a good idea for the following reasons
1) We all know whatsapp and how ‘good’ it is (next post talks more), BBM being so secure and all will definitely be the number 1 in mobile IM.
2) A whole lot of people think that blackberry will lose its customers since they can still retain their BBM contacts on an iOS or Android device, but I don’t think so, I’m a nigerian, and unless I don’t just know what to do with money I won’t dump my Z10 I just bought last week to grab an iphone 5 just coz I want BBM in an iOS device with many apps *rme* NO! We think those that wanted to ‘port’ have ported since.
3) To them that just hate Blackberry et BBM, now we’ll see them rush to check out how our thing runs on their devices and I know for sure that BlackBerry won’t make all BBM features available to all y’all. (Go and buy a BB) :p
4) And did you know, if BBM goes cross-platform it turns it into a full-out social media platform like twitter and facebook and this, my people, should and would increase the value of BBM and add to BlackBerry’s market value. (Statistics dey o)
Well just before we leave, here’s what your BBM can actually do :
You can –
*Make video calls over Wi-Fi or the mobile network on the latest smartphones (BlackBerry Q10 and Z10).
*Send and receive messages with unlimited length.
*Choose a personal BBM display picture and status.
*Real-time confirmations when messages are delivered and read.
*Share photos, videos and more with multiple contacts at once.
*Add contacts by scanning QR Codes, using NFC technology or sharing PINs.
*Send music files.
*Create and join groups where you can share and discuss lists, photos etc.
*Free Call BBM contacts over Wi-Fi.
*With BBM connected apps you can chat with BBM friends within your apps and select BBM contacts right from the app to invite them to download it.
Can anyone beat that????
Our next post is going to be on BBM and other cross-platform IM apps.
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