1. chaosdivine's Avatar
    FYI, those of you who have an iPad or Android tablet, it appears BBM will only do phones at launch and you tablet folks have so wait...

    BlackBerry: No BBM for iPad app at cross-platform launch - SlashGear

    BlackBerry’s BBM client for iOS and Android, due for release this summer, will not support the iPad at launch, the company has revealed, focusing instead on smartphones. The cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger support was announced on Tuesday on the first day of BlackBerry Live, but software portfolio chief Vivek Bhardwaj confirmed to Trusted Reviews that tablet support is relatively low on the agenda.

    “At this point it is iOS and Android, and that’s iOS phones running iOS 6 and higher” Bhardwaj said of the app. “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.”

    Expanding BlackBerry Messenger support across rival platforms has been a long-rumored strategy for BlackBerry, though there’s controversy around whether the decision will now be too little, too late. BlackBerry OS has dropped a place in the worldwide smartphone OS market share league, it was announced today, with Windows Phone taking third place instead.

    Whether that will mean BBM for iPhone and Android works as a gateway drug of sorts, or merely as a route for BlackBerry owners looking to leave the platform behind and yet still keep in touch with old friends on a new device, remains to be seen.

    Even without a dedicated iPad version, that’s not to say iPad and iPad mini owners won’t be able to access the iPhone BBM app. However, they’ll be stuck using screen-doubling until BlackBerry gets around to coding up a tablet-specific interface, and there’s no telling when that will actually happen.

    Still, there’s at least a hint that such support is in the pipeline, as well as other form-factors where BBM could roost, beyond mobile. “I think when you look at things like Smart TVs and desktops, those are definitely areas for exploration,” Bhardwaj teased.
    05-16-13 01:50 PM
  2. SifJar's Avatar
    On Android at least, this won't last more than about an hour after the app is released. Facebook Home supposedly wasn't going to work on anything other than about 6 phones at launch (and officially, it still doesn't). Within days there were at least 3 or 4 different ways to get it running on any Android device with the required OS version. This will undoubtedly be the same (assuming any devs/modders care enough to bother modding it).
    05-16-13 02:23 PM
  3. danprown's Avatar
    It makes sense. I have never seen anyone with a tablet being "mobile" or "on the go." That also explains why there is no BBM on the PB. BBRY did not design the PB to be "mobile" or "on the go."
    05-16-13 02:27 PM
  4. SebastianNap's Avatar
    There's a way around everything on Android. Build prop modification, or apk sideload will change that.

    Posted with my AT&T BlackBerry Z10
    05-17-13 03:11 AM
  5. joshua_sx1's Avatar
    It makes sense. I have never seen anyone with a tablet being "mobile" or "on the go." That also explains why there is no BBM on the PB. BBRY did not design the PB to be "mobile" or "on the go."
    But that's what BlackBerry advertised more than 2 years ago i.e. PlayBook delivers powerful performance in an ultra-portable design...

    Posted via Z10
    05-17-13 03:42 AM
  6. danprown's Avatar
    I was being sarcastic. Vivek's spin does not make sense. At all. I am certainly very "mobile" with my PB. I want BBM on it, like 1 year ago They are squandering yet another opportunity with BBM...
    05-17-13 11:51 AM
  7. uncle_numpty's Avatar
    HA HA HA - in your face ipad and android tablets - oh wait ..... neither does the PB
    05-17-13 11:55 AM
  8. joshua_sx1's Avatar
    I was being sarcastic.
    He he he, I was being naive... for those who didn't know or already forgotten those marketing slogans...


    Posted via Z10
    05-17-13 12:24 PM

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