- 02-22-14, 09:42 PM #26
Who knows where "Telegram" will be in a year or two?
One app is not going to put BlackBerry "BACK" on the map or in the number One position.
Staying on course to rebuild the company with the best OS and the Quality Devices that BlackBerry has always been known for...will!
New companies are born everyday and people always want what's new!
Let BlackBerry say in the shadows for a while longer.
When they re emerge, it'll be like a new company.
And, when BlackBerry is ready.... they'll come back with such force that those toy companies will pale by comparison.
- 02-23-14, 12:45 AM #27
not saying make it the end-all be-all, but doing that along with what you mentioned in the first part, is a winning strategy... not all your eggs in one basket, we see where that got us with BB10 (alive but not prosperous)... which relates back to your original point as well...
- 02-23-14, 12:46 AM #28
One of the problems is that BB management is very distracted by having a lot of issues at once, and having to deal with a large amount of upper management turnover. This I'm sure contributes to BB not being able to respond nimbly when an opportunity presents itself. But that's VERY BAD for BB. If, say, BBM had been spun off as its own company, its management wouldn't have to be worried about handsets or carriers or car entertainment systems or any of that, and they could have jumped on this opportunity because promoting and improving BBM would be ALL they had to do.
Chen better be making some serious improvements to BB's culture, because it doesn't take very many misses like this to destroy a brand, and BB already has way too many strikes against it from previous misses. It can't afford many more.
- 02-23-14, 02:48 AM #31
Hmm...I'm confused by the complaints about the invitation sequence...
It is much easier to setup a BBM account and then just put your PIN into your facebook details than get a mobile number (yes, this is a ridiculous comparison because most people need or already have a mobile number).
When I hit "Invites" in BBM and the "Sugggested" tab, all my friends using BBM with their PIN in facebook show up (or who are registered with BBM with the same email address as the facebook one) in there...all I need to do is tap the invitation button and it sends them a BBM Contact request. If I scroll further down, I can mail people I have on facebook that don't have their PIN listed or aren't using the same email address, it sends them the email with all the details.
I get that it isn't as easy as just opening whatsapp and already having all your contacts already in there...but I find that I talk to the people I have on BBM more often than on whatsapp, because I went out of my way to invite/accept them so they're actually worth more to me than just a name I happen to have in my phonebook.
Most of the time I don't want those people to be able to message me for little effort and almost for free but because of Whatsapp, they can do this without a hassle...except it is a massive hassle for me.
I far prefer whitelisting people to blacklisting them...
I get that a lot of people just want convenience and this is obviously why Whatsapp has done well. I guess I just wish that most people weren't so...blasé about privacy and/or security.
- 02-23-14, 03:19 AM #34
At least Mr Chen and BlackBerry have had great press headlines in the last few months. Now the positive story's out way the negative ones. That's something I did not expect to happen so fast when he came on board. I do agree that BlackBerry is missing a huge marketing opportunity with NSA etc... That being said, I do have confidence that Mr. Chen knows exactly how to play this out though.
If BlackBerry does decide to advertise security.....My idea would be to have a contest for anyone who can hack into them. That would create a ton of buzz and get the point across at the same time.
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02-23-14, 03:45 AM #35
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BlackBerry has always been the odd guy out. Stood out from the crowd sooo why blend in n sell BBM n do what everyone else is doing? They have a plan n strategy. Calm down. Jeez. Why everyone panicking? forget Facebook n what's app. I don't use either.
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- 02-23-14, 04:31 AM #40
I don't know much about marketing and management, I'll talk from the end user prospective. BBM should work specially on crucial time like this on decreasing the gap between it and the dominant messaging apps in terms of why-people-are-preferring-this-app-to-BBM. WhatsApp for example offers ease of use and ease of adding contacts. A minimal "registration" form at the first launch of BBM is needed. The UI for a lot of us is good but most of the smartphone user base is composed of teens and youth, those people want to stare at something that cheers them up! Solid white or black background and static graphics won't appeal those people much! Another thing is, there's still a decent amount of people running older phones or weak ones and though they tried BBM on their phones and even those with Gingerbread -thanks BlackBerry- they had to remove it again because it slowed down their phones to death and returned to WhatsApp and Viber! I don't know much about software either but I think some parts of the code could be trimmed to keep the application with enough code to run minimally.
To sum this up, I'm saying BlackBerry should listen to a lot of users of other platforms.. study their usage behavior of their smartphones and applications. Style and trends has impact too. And oh, BBM Video should go cross platform ASAP!!
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- 02-23-14, 04:34 AM #41
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I was let down by the invitation sequence as well. I knew it should either check PIN or BBID-email in my address book (or the address book of others). But when I installed BBM for my mom, that did not work at all. I am sure we had the proper email addresses added (through Gmail, and FB sync'd), but I still had to manually share PINs.
Nothing showed up under suggested contacts.
Now for some good news: BBM on Android works for my mom and me 100% of the time. Tested all parts. And it has little to no extra battery drain compared to other IM apps.(She even turned off the background icon, but still receives BBMs instantly (gives a prompt delays may occur when RAM is low).
BlackBerry 10 signed.
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02-23-14, 06:35 AM #45
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Inviting got a whole lot easier with the invite selection, but BBM should have a Password protect toggle On or Off to sync all your social contacts.
Egg. Sync On will sync every social contact like what's App , maybe even have the option to sync certain social contacts like FB only etc.
Sync Off BBM will function as is !
Both will use the PIN
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- 02-23-14, 08:47 AM #50
Everyone is an armchair CEO. Hindsight is 20/20. BlackBerry has a plan in place. We may not know what it is. I'm not worried because my phone will work regardless. I've shown that bbm has excellent voice chat and video, has caused some interesting conversations. I'm always promoting my Z10. Just wish I had a 30.
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