Mobile Tech Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Product Reviews for Mobile Tech Users
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Wednesday, April 16th 
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Laptops & Tablets
Mobile Phones
Mobile Gadgets
Mobile Apps
BYOD & MDM
iPad
Mobile Industry News
Wireless Connectivity
Wireless Security
GPS & Maps
MTT Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Mobile Apps

BlackBerry Messenger Boosts Features for iOS and Android

BlackBerry Messenger Boosts Features for iOS and Android
February 16, 2014 3:22PM

Bookmark and Share
Despite BBM's huge popularity and potential upside in both the business and consumer markets, BlackBerry announced earlier this week that the executive in charge of BBM, Executive VP Andrew Bocking, "has made the decision to leave the company." No reason was given. Version 2.0 of BBM has been released for iOS and Android devices.

Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.

BlackBerry is out with version 2.0 of its increasingly popular BlackBerry Messenger social communication software. The new version brings to iOS and Android devices the Voice and Channels capabilities that BlackBerry device owners already have, and may enhance the business appeal of the product.

The Voice feature allows free voice calls to be made over Wi-Fi or a data connection, for conversations with other BBM users. As a free service, it may appeal to smaller companies that are intent on keeping their communications costs down.

Channels are topic-based chat rooms that a user or a business can set up. Specific times can be scheduled for a channel's followers to chat with the channel's owner, such as a business or brand, and followers are kept updated about new posts or replies to comments. Channel owners can also track performance through a dashboard and, if they allow commenting, can pre-approve them.

At Least 100 Million

Other features included in 2.0: easier photo sharing, dozens of new emoticons, support for the online file sharing service Dropbox, larger BBM groups, and a location-sharing function that can be limited by a time set by the user.

The Canadian company is finding an enthusiasm for BBM that it has not been able to stimulate for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones. When the iOS/Android versions were first released in October, for instance, the company reported 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours.

By BlackBerry's released figures, there are at least 100 million users for the service. However, that may considerably shortchange the current total because the company has not updated the total of iOS/Android users since the end of December -- about 40 million -- or the BlackBerry-based users since the middle of last year. Some BlackBerry-watchers have estimated that BBM will boast at least 150 million users by the end of this year.

Bocking Departs

Despite BBM's huge popularity and potential upside in both the business and consumer markets, BlackBerry announced earlier this week that the executive in charge of BBM, Executive Vice President Andrew Bocking, "has made the decision to leave the company." No reason was given, and Bocking did not provide any comments.

BBM is a separate unit inside BlackBerry, but it will now become a part of the enterprise unit. Under the new leadership of Chief Executive John Chen, BlackBerry has said it will refocus on the business market, and BBM's new location in the company structure indicates that it is expected to help penetrate that market, even though it has a large consumer base.

It's not yet clear what the business model is for the free service. Advertisements at some point are one option, as are secure, enterprise versions that are optimized for the needs of businesses, where BlackBerry still has some brand recognition. Chen has said that he is not expecting BBM to show a profit until 2016.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Mobile Apps
1. Twitter Acquires Data Analyzer Gnip
2. Google Expands Virus Scans to All Apps
3. VMware Horizon 6 Folds In AirWatch
4. Cuban Twitter Creates New Hurdles
5. Wedding in the Palm of Your Hand




 Most Popular Articles
1. Will Satya Nadella Launch an Office for iPad?
2. Google Unveils Android Wear for Smart Watches
3. Microsoft Targets Evernote with Free OneNote, New Mac Version
4. HP Rolls Out New Software-Defined Network Products
5. Smartphone Kill Switch Could Save Users $2.6B a Year

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
  Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
  Google's Modular Phone Set for January
  CTIA Caves, Offers Kill Switch Plan
  Motorola Sells Enterprise Biz to Zebra

 Technology Marketplace

Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise Hardware
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise I.T.
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
 
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
After Heartbleed, OpenSSL Calls for More Support
The president of the OpenSSL Foundation says more support is needed from companies and governments that use its software so that it can better spot and fix flawed pieces of code such as Heartbleed.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 million, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 
CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan
After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA just announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S.
 

Navigation
Mobile Tech Today
Home/Top News | Laptops & Tablets | Mobile Phones | Mobile Gadgets | Mobile Apps | BYOD & MDM | iPad
Mobile Industry News | Wireless Connectivity | Wireless Security | GPS & Maps | MTT Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Mobile Tech Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.