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BBM: Android OS Version

Yesterday evening, I downloaded and installed BBM on my Nexus 4-16 with Android 4.3. Since I signed up ahead of time, I was among the first to get to be in the system. And since everyone I’ve known has left Blackberry for Android or iOS, and only one person I know that has a Blackberry now, I decided to take that empty plunge into BBM.

The reason of why is one thing I hated of having to leave Blackberry was the fact I will not have BBM. While in my end days of Blackberry, I never communicated with anyone through BBM any more, I did like the program a lot for a number of reasons. First, it was quick and reliable. I sent SMS messages along with BBM messages, and was always confident that the BBM message will go through. Even just this past few months, I sent SMS to another person, and they informed me they never received it. With BBM, I never had such an issue. Second, BBM is private. Any app that demands to have my cellular phone number doesn’t become an option. Even programs like WhatsApp that lets me use my Google Voice number, the usage is a bit of hoop jumping. And many of the popular apps, they use the person’s phone number. When I signed up with BBM, and when I had a BlackBerry – I received an 8 digit hexadecimal number which is then used as my BBM number. Last, it is secured. It uses the Internet, but end to end encryption is to keep people from prying. I will only assume that this is applied to the Android/iOS app. This is why governments, and corporations liked Blackberry so much. And yes, it can be used for illegal uses such as drug transactions, but this can be applied to anything.

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BBM for Not Android/iOS

Blackberry promised BBM on Android on 2013-09-21, but hasn’t delivered. In turn, a slew of malware fakes have appeared in the Google Play Store. Blackberry claims the reason why it didn’t put the app in the Play Store was because an version that wasn’t ready was unleaked to the public, and they are making some improvements on the IM client. Meanwhile, a select number of iOS users (mostly in the east) have been able to receive it.

This to me raises a lot of serious issues for regards to Blackberry. Now, I have a sentimental fondness for Blackberry. My first smart phone was a Blackberry 8320, and while I had never really got to use BBM, I did like the concept with a couple of flaws such as the PIN (Personal ID Number) was hard coded into the device which meant if you changed your device, your PIN changes too. It would seem as if Blackberry has eliminated that flaw, and made it user credential based.

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New Blackberry Messenger Coming

Original Article: ( http://b.fsp.im/758a )

On October 7, there is supposed to be a new Blackberry Messenger with version 5.0. This messenger is supposed to have better support for avatars, and 6MB files. Also, contacts would be backed up on RIM servers, and there would be SMS integration which would lead me to believe that SMS would be going to the Blackberry Messenger.

Blackberry Messenger is exclusive to RIM devices and intended to provide a means of communication through the PIN system that RIM uses and hard codes into all of their devices. I am guessing that this update would only be available on the 8xxx, and 9xxx series, and would be included in all OS v. 5.x such as the 9700 that’s coming, 9630, and upcoming Storm 2.

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