BlackBerry Announces BBM For Businesses

Canadian smartphones maker BlackBerry has announced the availability of its popular instant messaging service BBM for businesses. The service is known as BBM Protected and is part of BBMTM Protected, the first solution in the eBBMTM Suite for secure enterprise class messaging. The company claims that BBM Protected provides an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones.

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BlackBerry has added a new component called BBM Channels in the newest version of BlackBerry Messenger they released recently. BBM Channels is an all new section from where users can connect with various brands, businesses or even celebrities. Think of it more like a Facebook/Twitter page within the BBM ecosystem. Android and iOS versions of BBM too would get the feature soon. WeChat has already implemented something like this in China and partially in India. It’s not clear how well this is working for them to monetize the platform. Link

BlackBerry has just issued an update to its BBM app on iOS and Android platforms. Apart from the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, a major addition is the fact that BBM is now supported on tablets and iPads without support for cellular data. The iPod Touch too is supported – thereby expanding the user base of potential BBM users. How I wish WhatsApp too did this! – Link

BBM for iOS and Android has been downloaded more than 10M times within 24 hours since its launch. Unclear whether this includes the previously announced 1M downloads for Android. Boatload of people are still waiting for activation emails before they can even take it for a spin. Engadget

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) could also be coming to Windows Phone. In last 30 days, BlackBerry has undergone couple of changes – it’s probably going private soon. BBM was earlier released on Android but BB later pulled it off and blocked access. T3