Well, after being rumored for years BlackBerry today finally made it official. This summer BBM will be coming to Android and the iPhone. The apps will be available for free and run on iOS devices running iOS 6 or later and Android devices running Android 4.0 (aka “Ice Cream Sandwich”) or later. Both apps will offer the full BBM experience including BBM chats, multi-person chats, the ability to share photos and voice notes, and participate in BBM Groups with up to 30 people. Features like BBM Video Chat, screen share and voice chat are promised as updates for later this year.
Now while two years ago when BlackBerrys were still popular this would have been huge news, today we gotta ask if BBM coming to non-BlackBerrys still actually matters to you. Between iMessage, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Kik, Facebook Messenger and the dozens of other free messaging apps out there today, the appeal of BBM just isn’t as strong as it once was. Think about it, how many of your friends still even use BBM? I know most of mine don’t, or if they do they also use some other app like WhatsApp as well.
We’ll have more on BBM once it launches this summer, but in the meantime let us know your thoughts on the news– and if you even care about BBM anymore– in the comments.
We all know that Apple is bringing their own version of BBM to the iPhone next week with iOS 5 and iMessage, but from the looks of this, RIM (the makers of BlackBerry) is about to make a big move of their own: bringing an official BBM app to Android. That’s right: real, official BBM— on Android.
If you remember, we heard a rumor about this earlier this year (along with rumors of an official BBM app for iPhone) but these are the first pics we’ve seen of what BBM would look like on something other than a BlackBerry. And while these pics may very well be fake and Photoshopped (there have been a lot of fakes floating around online over the last couple of days), they look pretty real to us and make sense with everything else we’ve previously heard about RIM working on bringing BBM to Android (and the fact that it’s on a phone that actually looks like a RIM Android test phone– with its sticker Android buttons and BB_Dev folder on the homescreen– makes us further believe that this really could be legit).
Obviously details like exact features (rumors are this may be a “BBM-lite” with the full BBM experience being available only on real BlackBerrys) or when we can expect the app to be officially announced are still not known, though TechnoBuffalo— the site that leaked the pics– says it could be announced as soon as October 18th-20th at BlackBerry’s DevCon conference.
We’ll of course let you know more as we hear it, but assuming this is true– and BBM officially comes to Android– would you ditch your BlackBerry and go with a new ‘Droid instead (or better yet– would this make you want to get an Android over the iPhone for your next phone?)? Let us know in the comments.
More info: TechnoBuffalo
While we haven’t yet gotten to the new iPhone announcement, Apple has just announced something that will surely be great news to anyone with an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (original and iPad 2), or iPod Touch (3rd and 4th gen)– the long awaited, latest and greatest version of iOS will finally be coming to your iDevice exactly one week from tomorrow, October 12th.
As with all recent iOS updates the download will be free, but for all those waiting to use iMessage (Apple’s new version of BBM for iDevices) your wait is almost over. For the full recap of what’s new in iOS 5 see our previous post here.
Well, it looks like the long wait for the iPhone 5 is finally coming to an end. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog (a site that knows what it’s talking about when it comes to Apple rumors), in just under two weeks Apple will finally reveal the next iPhone to the world. Yes, October 4th looks to be new iPhone day.
So, beyond the iPhone 5 (which according to the latest rumors is said to have that incredibly thin new design, larger screen and 8 megapixel camera) what else can we expect Apple to show off in two weeks? According to the latest rumors, Apple will also use this big event to release its new iCloud service (which allows you to store all your music, videos, pictures, apps, documents etc. online and access it from any internet-connected device like an iPhone, iPod, iPad or computer), iOS 5 (including iMessage, Apple’s version of BBM), and possibly even a new/upgraded iPod Touch and an upgraded iPhone 4 (rumored to be called the iPhone 4S. This iPhone will look pretty much the same as today’s iPhone 4 but will also be faster, have a plastic design— the current iPhone 4 is made of glass– and be priced much lower than the iPhone 5. Think of this as the new iPhone 3GS which AT&T sells today for just $50 with new 2 year contract and data plan).
As for when the new iPhone 5 will be out, All Things D says we can expect it “within a few weeks” of the announcement, though when exactly is still unknown (maybe October 15th?).
Now remember– Apple still hasn’t confirmed anything and All Things D also mentions that while October 4th is right now the plan, Apple still may change the date. We’ll of course keep you updated as more info comes out, so stay tuned!
iMessage between iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Whenever we speak to friends with BlackBerrys they always mention how much they love BBM, and in many cases, how its the “only thing” keeping them from switching from a BlackBerry to an iPhone. Well, BlackBerry users, prepare to make the switch. Apple just took the wraps off of iMessage, or to put it in another way: the Apple version of BBM.
Coming in iOS 5–and available on iPhone (3GS/4), iPad (1 and 2) and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th gen)– iMessage has everything a BlackBerry user has come to know and love in BBM. Text, pic, video and contacts can all be shared with other iMessage users. Group chats, read and delivery receipts and indications on when the other person is typing? Yup, all are here as well. And like BBM, the messages will be pushed straight to your iDevice– just iMessages will work on both 3G and WiFi (so if you just have an iPod touch or WiFi-only iPad you can still use Apple’s version of BBM without having to get an iPhone and sign up for a data plan. If you have both an iPhone and iPad/iTouch this will allow you to continue your conversations on both devices).