Posts Tagged ‘Blackberry Messenger’
Blackberry 10 allows Blackberry Messenger to get video calling. This means that BBM users can now enjoy more video chats.
Yesterday, Blackberry (the Canadian firm formerly known as Research In Motion) launched their next generation software Blackberry 10 (BB10) alongside the unveiling of the Z10. At the event, Blackberry also announced that video calling will be added to BBM.
Video calling using BBM has a cool feature that allows you to switch from front-facing camera to rear-facing camera. This will allow you to let the person you are chatting with see what you see.
Blackberry 10 also allows you to show whoever you are chatting with any app on your screen. This is ideal for colleagues discussing work or friends showing each other something they might be interested in.
The good news is, Blackberry Messenger will remain free. This is why Blackberry users prefer BBM to text messaging. This is exactly what Blackberry needs, since Android and Apple have launched their own mobile instant messaging services that offer video calling. Sadly, this has eaten away on the popularity of BBM.
BBM-like apps such as WhatsApp and Skype will also be arriving in Blackberry World. These apps threaten to pull down the Blackberry Messenger’s popularity once they run on Blackberry devices, which is why we find it strange why Blackberry included the apps in its online store.
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If you own a Blackberry handset such as the 9900 Bold Touch or Curve 9360, you must have experienced outages. Vodafone owned up to the issue, blaming it on a router error.
Vodafone says that the cause of the problem was a router error. The issue lasted for around five hours and affected Blackberry users in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The number of Blackberry users affected is yet to be determined.
Vodafone customers have reported that the issue has affected web surfing, email, and the Blackberry Messenger. Fortunately, Blackberry users on other phone networks were unaffected.
Although this isn’t RIM’s fault, the Canadian phone maker doesn’t need another issue concerning its products. Back in September, Blackberry services were down at the same time the iPhone 5 was launched. A year before this, Blackberry users suffered four days of outages. It took a while before RIM could restore their services.
On the 30th of January, RIM is scheduled to finally launch its next generation software, Blackberry 10. Alongside the launching of the new operating system is two new handsets powered by OS. One handset will be a touchscreen device, while the other will sport the familiar physical QWERTY keyboard. We’re hoping no other issues surrounding RIM’s devices will happen in the future. Otherwise, it won’t look good for the Canadian firm.
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If you’ve gotten your hands on the Blackberry PlayBook, you must have disappointed with the news that the 2.0 update was delayed, since it was expected to support the Blackberry Messenger. However, the Telegram reports that the update will roll out on February of 2012. Unfortunately, it will not support RIM’s popular mobile instant messaging service.
According to the Telegraph, RIM’s Senior Vice President, David Smith, said, “As much as we’d love to have it in your hands today, we’ve made the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end-users.”
He added, “We are committed to developing a seamless BBM solution that fully delivers on the powerful, push-based messaging capabilities recognized today by BlackBerry users around the world and we’re still working on it.”
In other words, Blackberry Messenger support will not be included in the 2.0 OS update for the PlayBook. This is unfortunate since the BBM is the most popular feature Blackberry devices have to offer. This is also one of the reasons why the tablet failed to compete with known tablets in the market such as the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
After the BBM outage, being sued, delaying the update, and not having BBM support for the Blackberry PlayBook, it looks like RIM’s headaches are far from over.