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#1 Zlain

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 15:01

Just been announced in the keynote, the BBM client is coming to android and iOS

Live blog:
http://crackberry.co...ynote-live-blog


Blackberry link:
http://blogs.blackbe...bm-ios-android/


#2 Lexcyn

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 15:02

This is good news! The one thing aside from e-mail management I loved about Blackberry was BBM.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 15:07

I'll stick with Skype.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 15:08

Shame their so late to the party...if they'd done this before whatsapp came out they could have made a big difference to the market and possibly got more people over to BB, as it stands they're copying in a desperate attempt to get people back.

Only reason that it stands any chance of success its because Whatsapp has gone to the new subscription model...but I really doubt that's enough to make anyone switch...

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 15:19

That's good news. I used to have a blackberry for several years and BBM was so amazing to use. I still have friends that use blackberry so it will be nice to speak with them using BBM.

I just wish they would have made this few years ago.

#6 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 19:01

Good news for users, bad news for blackberry themselves.

almost the 100% of non-corporate users that I know use blackberry just for the BBM

#7 moloko

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 19:37

Hey this is great news if it was 5 years ago. Good job.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 19:38

Good news for users, bad news for blackberry themselves.

almost the 100% of non-corporate users that I know use blackberry just for the BBM


Yeah seems like a bad option for them, take the one thing that keeps your users with your hardware/service and make it work on competing platforms

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 19:40

Yeah seems like a bad option for them, take the one thing that keeps your users with your hardware/service and make it work on competing platforms


Unless this is part of completely ditching BBX ? eg. if BBM does well, they will adopt android as their OS?

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 20:50

Is BBM more secure than Whatsapp?

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 00:12

Is BBM more secure than Whatsapp?

Yup, you can chose accept or decline whether a person adds you or not, whereas whatsapp adds he/she automatically as long as you are in their phone book.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:41

it has been long since i use the BBM, do they still enforce the automatic smiley?
i hate that features as i unable to turn it off back then.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:14

Yup, you can chose accept or decline whether a person adds you or not, whereas whatsapp adds he/she automatically as long as you are in their phone book.


What I meant was do they use any encryption?

#14 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 13:14

What I meant was do they use any encryption?


Both bbm and whatsapp messages are encrypted, whatsapp got a lot a beef about 2 years ago because they didn't back then.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 13:18

AFAIK BBM uses some sort of device ID to do something with the messages (which is why it only worked on BB devices) whereas whatsapp doesn't use any form of encryption because it's just a compressed jabber protocol, they might have switched to using SSL jabber but it's still just jabber over SSL really.