Apart from revealing the BlackBerry Q5, another big announcement is that its proprietary BBM messaging service will finally be open to iOS and Android this coming summer. Previously, BBM was a BlackBerry device only service. You also had to subscribe to BlackBerry BIS service to be able to use BBM. Though BlackBerry has relaxed is strict requirements for BBM with the BlackBerry Z10 where users can that use BBM on a standard data plan without the need for BIS.
BBM will be available for iOS 6 and Android devices running on 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. For a start, the BBM service will offer single and group chats up to 30 people with the ability to share photos and videos. In terms of BB Pin invite, Android users will get an added advantage of inviting new contacts through NFC. The BBM video and voice chat feature are not mentioned but looks like it will be rolled out later in phases.
The thought of BBM being available on all platforms have been rumoured for quite sometime now. With the rise of cross platform instant messaging service such as WhatsApp, Line, WeChat & KakaoTalk, it only makes more sense for extend BBM’s reach to stay relevant. With most users being comfortable with their current IM, it would be an uphill task for BlackBerry to poach new users from its non-BlackBerry platforms. If only BlackBerry has made this move earlier when there isn’t many players in the IM space.
For iOS and Android users out there, would you make a switch to BBM?
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BlackBerry has officially announced its new BlackBerry Q5, an entry level QWERTY and touch screen device that runs on the current BlackBerry 10 OS. The device was previously speculated as the R10. In terms of availability the Q5 will be heading to selected markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Targeted at emerging markets and youth segment, the Q5 sports a BlackBerry Curve-like keyboard and comes in black, red and white colours. So far no official specs have been revealed but if the earlier speculation is correct, the Q5 comes with a 3.1″ 720×720 display, 2GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1,800mAh capacity battery. We will update once the full details are out.
Head after the break for more product shots of the BlackBerry Q5.
U Mobile’s Unlimited Mobile Internet prepaid offerings is one of the best value for money offerings in the market. After its UMI 48 package, they have now introduced a new UMI 38 option which offers 500MB of data, 200 minutes of calls and 30 SMS for just RM38/month. This is similar to its earlier UMI 28 offering but with an extra 100 minutes of talk time.
On top of that, U Mobile now offers free data usage for WeChat and KakaoTalk messengers for UMI 28, UMI 38 and UMI 48 subscribers. Not a bad offering for those who use these 2 instant messaging service on a daily basis.
Head over to U Mobile’s Unlimited Mobile Internet page for more info.