New features added to BBM messenger allow the sender to retract a message or set a time limit for the recipient to view it.
Blackberry introduced its new Passport handset at a launch event on Wednesday. The device is truly unusual, with a square-shaped screen, a touch-sensitive hardware keyboard and an emphasis on security and battery life.
It’s been a year full of tumult for Blackberry since CEO John Chen took over the company last November, but there’s at least one more shake-up in store: Blackberry announced Monday that it is creating a new business unit consisting of its most promising technologies. The Blackberry Technology unit will house QNX, Blackberry’s embedded OS, Project Ion, its foray into the Internet of Things, its cryptography software, and 44,000 patents. It will be headed by former Sony-Ericsson CTO Sandeep Chennakeshu. The reorganization could be the first step to reopening talks to sell off parts of the business.
There’s a new BBM app for Windows Phone, bringing the messaging service to all three major mobile platforms (sorry BlackBerry.)
Fans of BlackBerry Messenger have a new software update to try: One that adds free voice over IP calls to iPhone and Android. BBM also gains integration with Dropbox’s cloud storage and with Glympse for location sharing.
BlackBerry(s bbry) might not be doing too well, but BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has seen a recent uptick in popularity, thanks to new Android(s goog) and iOS(s aapl) apps. It comes as a surprise, then, that the executive VP in charge of BBM, Andrew Brocking, has left the company. BlackBerry confirmed Brocking’s departure on Monday to BGR. CNET is reporting that it was Brocking’s decision to leave the company, and John Sims, head of global solution, will now manage the BBM group. BlackBerry CEO John Chen had previously mentioned the company’s hopes for turning BBM into a revenue stream, though it is unclear how it plans to do so and if Brocking’s departure will have an effect.
BlackBerry has struck a deal to preinstall its BBM app on some future LG smartphones, starting with the G Pro Lite.
BBM Channels is becoming available to all users with a handset running BB5 or higher today, with an update to the Android and iOS apps to follow in the coming months.
WhatsApp and a handful of other over-the-top communications apps — including BBM — are cementing their dominance in social messaging across the world. People still love Facebook Messenger, just not as much as they used to.
If you own an iPod touch or a Wi-Fi-only iPad, you’ll be able to send and receive messages with an update to the BBM app today.