Good news for those who have traded in their BlackBerry but are still missing their beloved BBM. The popular messaging service is coming to iOS and Android.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins made the announcement to a room full of cheers at the company’s annual developers conference BlackBerry Live in Orlando Florida.
“BBM was a key element why people were going for Blackberry” says Thorsten. “We feel this product is ready to stand on its own legs. Now is the time to release BBM on a different level and let it flourish on its own.”
The app, which will work on iOS 6 and Android (Ice Cream sandwich and above), will initially only support text and group features, but expect it to include BBM video, screen share and the new Channels feature in the coming months.
“it’s a statement of confidence. We are confident for BBM to become an independent multi-platform solution” Thorstein told the crowd.
BlackBerry Messenger currently has 60 million monthly active users. More than 10 billion messages sent and received through BBM every day, most read within 20 seconds of being received.
BBM for iOS and Android will be free when it launches closer to summer.
A very confident Thorsten Heins, taking to the stage in Orlando to reveal the latest device in the BlackBerry family; the BlackBerry Q5.
BlackBerry’s CEO revealed the new handset during his keynote speech at BlackBerry Live, the company’s annual developer conference.
The Q5 features BlackBerry’s famous physical qwerty keyboard along with a 3.1-inch screen and lower res camera. It will also run BlackBerry 10, the company’s latest operating system.
Thorsten did not reveal the price of the Q5, but he did say the handset is targeting emerging markets such as Asia and South America, who may not have the money to purchase one of BlackBerry’s higher end devices such as the Z10 or Q10.
The Q5 is expected in a number of different colours including red, black, white and pink and will hit select markets later this summer.
Nintendo Reminding Gamers the Wii U is a New Console
When Nintendo initially launched the Wii U late last year there was a lot of confusion over what exactly the device was. Many questioned if it was a brand new console or simply an upgrade to the existing (and aging) gaming machine. Turns out many are still confused.
Earlier this week, Nintendo sent out a software update for the Wii U, adding additional functionality. At the same time it pushed a notification to original Wii users, clarifying the Wii U is a brand new console.
“It’s time to discover Wii U” the statement read. “Wii U is the all-new home console from Nintendo. It’s not just an upgrade — it’s an entirely new system that will change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment.”
Adoption of the new console hasn’t met Nintendo’s expectations. Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata admitted during a recent financial results briefing the company hasn’t been able to demonstrate the purpose of the new console to customers.
Nintendo recently shocked gaming media last week when it announced it would not be holding a press event during the upcoming E3 gaming expo in June as it does each and every year. Instead it will hold “behind closed doors” events for the press to get hands on time with upcoming titles.
Both Microsoft and Sony are going ahead with plans for major press events at E3 to discuss details of their upcoming next gen consoles.