- 12-31-12, 04:20 PM #176
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-31-12, 06:18 PM #177
- 383 Posts
After reading this thread last night, I went to work and asked around and couldn't find one person who had heard of WhatsApp. I asked probably 25 people. Probably half iphone half android people. 1 blackberry user other than myself. If it weren't for CrackBerry I know I wouldn't know what it was. Is it a regional thing? I'm in the southern US.
- CrackBerry User
12-31-12, 07:14 PM #179
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I personally would seriously reconsider buying bb10 if whatsapp is not there. And I'm a big bb fan... It's because I have a lot of groups on whatsapp, these friends are on bb android and iphones.. I send pictures and msgs to my sister who lives out of the country on whatsapp... It's very useful.
I got a bb first so I could be part of the BBM group that is now on whatsapp cuz a bunch of ppl from the group got new phones.. And if I can't be part of the group cuz the bb10 doesn't have the simple whatsapp app is pretty crazy...
- 12-31-12, 10:20 PM #180
WhatsApp eclipses 100 million download mark on Google Play — Tech News and Analysis
The fact that not one of your co-workers has heard of Whatsapp is amazing. What industry do you work in and what is the average age?
If you told me you are retired, 70 years old and work for a non profit that is run by retired seniors to promote social activities for senior citizens, I would understand why no one you work with has heard of whatsapp. Am I right?
Blackberry users are a unique and almost insignificant factor of the smartphone universe. Here are the Q3 2012 market share stats:
And RIM is losing market share fast! BB users are now buying iphones and Androids. Don't know why, but they are.
- CrackBerry Genius
01-01-13, 02:34 AM #183
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Take a look at that chart. Even with old dated phones RIM sold more than twice what Microsoft did. Imagine what it's going to look like this year with BB10 phones out.
- 01-01-13, 05:39 AM #186
A new chat client on a new OS....not exactly as powerful as an established cross platform client on a new OS.
As far as not knowing anyone on WhatsApp.....I am the last person on my team at work who has a personal BB along with my SGIII and 4S. Every last member of my team is on WhatsApp. That includes govvies and contractors. The entire group, just my team alone, is 38 people. All 38 use WhatsApp.
That's my immediate circle at work.
Personal....every last in the flesh friend and family member is on WhatsApp. That even includes those who are on iMessage, but who use WhatsApp to connect to non iPhone contacts.
I now have three friends on BBM after getting one back two days ago.
Which has a wider reach today? Considering BB's greatly diminished marketshare, I would logically state that if there are fewer phones that use BBM and more that support WhatsApp then those phones that support WhatsApp would be more desirable to someone making a two-year commitment/purchase.
If someone doesn't want to use WhatsApp then don't use it, just like Instagram. But *consumers buying non BB devices in droves* have come to expect it and it has greater penetration than BB or Live Profile.
People want to connect with family and friends. If a platform doesn't support the means to do that they will go elsewhere. If I can only buy one phone and that phone does not allow me to connect to my friends and family in the manner that I do now, why would I spend the money on the one phone I buy every two years?
One answer? Make BBM cross platform. I'd buy it for my SGIII and my 4S.
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- 01-01-13, 06:21 AM #188
Re: Whatsapp will not be on blackberry 10
- 01-01-13, 05:37 PM #189
- 01-01-13, 06:57 PM #191
- 01-01-13, 06:57 PM #192
In their defense; they had NO public plans to develop an app for Windows Phone 7.5 when it was announced (first OS version that gave devs access to the contact list - necessary to Whatsapp); they didn't announce until the app was ready to go; and it was on phones shortly after they hit shelves.
- CrackBerry Genius
01-02-13, 12:28 AM #193
- 2,196 Posts
I downloaded it just now and TP my surprise there's quite a number of my friends has been using it.
Too bad for os5&6, which is using wechat VER1.0, we could only use voice note. But for androids and uphones with VER4.2 and above, they could use video calls over wifi or 3G. That's outstanding...
I just hope they develop a newer version for BB10 so that we all could have an alternative for multi platform im and video calls as well...
Quite a good app which I did recommend to my relatives and friends...
Oh, and did I mentioned U have to approve your friends before chatting?
Cool. At least no more sudden chat from someone we don't know.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-02-13, 01:42 PM #195
- 383 Posts
- CrackBerry Genius
01-02-13, 06:12 PM #196
- 2,196 Posts
Whatsapp will not be on blackberry 10
here in Malaysia, whenever i key in new numbers into my phonebook, 9/10 will have their names popped up in whatsapp.
that shows how acceptable it is to multi platform users...
but alas, now i'm switching to wechat app and have now been promoting my friends to use it...
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- 01-02-13, 06:32 PM #197
It is huge? Not really. Over here what is "HUGE" is texting packages. Whats it's only "really" useful for people who happens to have friends/family overseas. On my work only ONE person uses it. I do have the app and I use it almost everyday, but I don't really care it is on BB10 or not. I can contact with all my "whatsapp" contacts with other means.
Do I want it on BB10? Sure, why not?
Do I care or will affect my decision over buying a Z10 if it is not on BB10 at launch? No.
- 01-02-13, 06:46 PM #198
simple, whatsapp wants to be bought out like Skype, no reason why they would ignore Blackberry...they will paid on the basis of number of subscribers at the time of sale.
100 million downloads doesn't mean anything(I personally installed it on 10 devices but never chatted, I use viber most of the times)..only 100 million users mean something.
Also whatsapp is not the only thing people use, they have mutiple chat apps installed on their phones for example : viber, wechat, onchat, kick, google talk, fbmessenger etc..irrespective of all these surprisingly 99% people in my contact list here in the USA ping me on gtalk or use iMessage to communicate with their Iphone buddies.
- 01-02-13, 06:57 PM #199
all this debate about people switching or not buying bb10 if whatsapp is not on it.....why all the fuss if you can just use the android app?
As far as the end user is concerned, an app is an app. whether its an android app or a native app is of no consequence as long as the app is there and usable.
Now if something has changed in the last week or so and the droid app cannot be used, lemme know. But as i recall, the original article specifically stated that the droid app still worked.
- 01-02-13, 07:07 PM #200
Whatsapp today announced that they now have 7 billion inbound messages a day which is a 75% increase from August 2012. Anybody think that not having this app is still not a big deal is just kidding themselves.
For people who are on these forums no its not a big deal and we will just port the android version, but go out and talk to any one of your friends who aren't on these forums that you just need to port it over and they will look at you like you have 3 heads. Im not saying that the Blackberry team in charge of getting apps on BB10 is doing a bad job, but this is a pretty big app that should of definitely been on that list of 100 apps that need to be there on day 1. Everybody has seen how the news loves to kick companies when they are down and not having whatsapp on day 1 is a reason for them to do it.
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