From a few days we've reported
to you some great news that BlackBerry announced that its well known instant messages BBM (BlackBerry Messages) will be coming for Android and Apple devices this summer, of course these was the greatest news we could hear.. But todayBlackberry’s software portfolio chief Vivek Bhardwaj tells Trusted Reviews that the app will only target the iPhone and Android smartphones, at least initially. Although he wouldn’t ruled out the possibility of an iPad edition down the road, he didn’t specifically mention it either.
At this point it is iOS and Android, and that’s iOS phones running iOS 6 and higher.
Smartphone is our real focus and again it comes back to what BBM is. If you look BBM and the engagement and the activity, it’s because it is mobile, because people are on the go.
When you start looking at tablets, computers and other screens, the usage model changes and behavior changes. For us right now the absolute focus is getting BBM onto smartphones.
He makes a good point.
Chatting on a tablet is only sensible if you have the device with you all the time. Even though the vast majority of tablet-totting business folks do carry their tablet with them, if there’s any device that’s with us all the time it’s our smartphone.
In fact I agree with him at the above point, my iPad is not with me every place I go, but that's doesn't mean I will never chat with my friends using it..
The iOS edition of BlackBerry Messenger will only work on iPhones running iOS 6 and support the following features at launch, among others:
- The immediacy of BBM chats
- Multi-person chats
- Voice note sharing
- BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more
As for competition, Google on its part hinted at an iPad build of Hangouts and the social network giant Facebook has been rumored to be working on an iPad edition of Messenger for quite some time.
So are you going to use BlackBerry Messages or not ? For me I will be always faithful for WhatsApp and Viber only... And that's my last decision.