John Paczkowski

Recent Posts by John Paczkowski

BlackBerry Messenger Hits Android and iOS This Weekend

bbm_crossplatformAt long last, BlackBerry is making its popular messaging platform, BlackBerry Messenger, cross-platform.

This weekend, the company will release BBM clients for the two rival mobile operating systems to which it has been losing market share for years. On Saturday, BlackBerry will ship BBM for Google’s Android; on Sunday, it will release a second client for Apple’s iOS.

Initially, these BBM for Android and iOS will provide a core feature set. But, as CEO Thorsten Heins said earlier this year, the company intends to flesh it out further in the months that follow. “We’re committed to making the BBM experience on other platforms as fully featured as we can,” Heins said. “We’ll start with messaging and groups, but we’ll add voice later on. … BB10 is such a strong platform that we are confident it can become an independent messaging solution.”

The announcement of BBM clients for Android and iOS comes at a tough time for BlackBerry, which struggles to remain relevant in the market it helped pioneer. Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is gearing up for sweeping layoffs that could affect as much as 40 percent of its workforce.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

Latest Video

View all videos »

Search »

There’s a lot of attention and PR around Marissa, but their product lineup just kind of blows.

— Om Malik on Bloomberg TV, talking about Yahoo, the September issue of Vogue Magazine, and our overdependence on Google