For a long time, it was strictly for their dear Blackberry users, but this past week the instant messaging service was released free for all platforms. While the chat aspect of BBM is available for Android and Apple users, the voice and video chat are still currently exclusive to BlackBerry.
With all the recent news surrounding BlackBerry and RIM, we wonder how they are going to monetize this service. The release of BBM seems to be a way to open up new revenue streams, but I can’t help but wonder if this is too little, too late for the Canadian company. There has been some buzz around BlackBerry’s ‘BBM Channels’, which is a social networking service that sounds like it will share some of the same features as Facebook. BBM Channels will allow users to share content and will give BlackBerry the potential to target ads and content to specific users.
Personally, I think that they should keep the app free and not go the eventual route of charging subscription fees. BBM should be keep free as a reminder of a great product from a great company, and maybe that can help to bring people back (if they ever bounce back). The app had 6 million users pre-registered for the app, and a whopping 10 million downloads within the first 24 hours of it’s launch. They are also said to be “processing new users at the rate of 500,000 per hour, with millions queued up.” These numbers are astounding, but the idea that 10 million users of different phones have downloaded the app does not bode well for the company.
Here is a great article on how BBM differs from other text messengers.
Anyway, will you be getting this app? Have you already gotten it? Let us know!
We have a shout-out to all Android users. PTPT (People, Things, Places, Time) needs beta testers!
PTPT is an Android-based app that allows users to extract knowledge from all the data from other apps in their mobile device and uses it “contextually”. Super cool. As one beta tester put it: “What Google does for search on the world wide web, PTPT does that locally on your mobile device.”
Here is the deal: PTPT just released a new version and they are looking for some new beta testers; ones not only intrigued by this cool project, but also to provide meaningful feedback on their daily use of the product.
The process is simple: just sign up, activate your account and you’re good to go. If you’re interested, check out more on the PTPT page or learn more about PTPT in a nutshell here.
So, what are you waiting for?! Sign-up here today (and don’t forget to follow them on the Twitter machine)
The DevTO Team
The little androids, that could, have made their way into cell phones and tablets. The platform has gain insurmountable ground in the realm of the mobile space in such a short time, being one the top OSes on the market. Various companies, in the space such as HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and several others, have dubbed their devices with over seven iterations of Android. Android’s deployment is not only the most user friendly, but also, the quickest, allowing even folks with Eclipse and a few SDKs to get started through both native and html apps with just the syntax to master. Those smart little robots. And surprisingly, we’re not talking about anything to do with Star Wars.
At #devTO 13, we’re giving away two FITC Spotlight: Android tickets(Approx. value for early bird 109.00) to get your learn on, June 23rd, with some of Toronto’s brightest Android builders, including one of our regulars, Mark Lapasa, and talent from one of the leaders in the Toronto mobile game, Xtreme Labs. 7 technical talks that are definitely worth the visit. We’re also giving out a special discount code at the event!