BlackBerry denies rumor mill suggestions about Google Play Store on BB10

The company has not released any statement to the rest of the media, but the Crackberry forum is suggesting that the company did give them a formal statement.
BlackBerry denies rumor mill suggestions about Google Play Store on BB10
The rumor mill had been at work again, the last few days, when they seemed to suggest that the Google Play Store will arrive on BlackBerry 10.2 update. However, BlackBerry have responded to those rumors on the Crackberry forums, clearly stating that this is not the case. There seemed to be multiple leaked screenshots of BlackBerry 10.2 running what seemed to be the Google Play Store, integrated within the BlackBerry OS.

“There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support.”

It is clear that the leaked shots aren’t an indicator of the future, at least the near future. While it would obviously be nice to get another window for apps on a BlackBerry device, anyone wanting Android apps still need to take the side-loading route.

Source: CrackBerry

 

BBM for Android clocks 10 million downloads; no more waiting list

The application clocked 1 million downloads on Android the first day. But the waiting list was a bit of an annoyance, which has now been removed, for iOS as well as Android users.

BBM for Android clocks 10 million downloads; no more waiting list

BBM for Android clocks 10 million downloads; no more waiting list

BlackBerry Messenger for Android shows no signs of slowing down, with the application crossing 10 million downloads on Android alone, worldwide. However, not everyone who downloaded BBM on their Android or iOS devices could sign in immediately, because BlackBerry had deployed the waiting list method for a majority of users to ensure there was no repeat of the server load issues that the first release attempt faced. However, that test of patience has now been removed as well, with anyone downloading BBM on their smartphone can now sign up / sign in immediately.

The popularity of BBM during this initial phase of availability can be measured by the respective app stores’ rating of the app. Apple’s App Store lists BBM in the top three free apps listing, while Google Play Store has it at the top spot in the Top New Free Android Apps list, at least at the time of writing this.

BBM’s popularity on Android and iOS is critical good news for BlackBerry, particularly because the company was betting big on huge download numbers to get the cross platform BBM on the map, where Whatsapp leads at the moment.

You can download BBM on your iOS or Android device directly from the application store on the device itself.

Source: http://www.thinkdigit.com/Apps/BBM-for-Android-clocks-10-million-downloads_18128.html

 

4 Best WhatsApp Messenger Alternatives

WhatsApp

WhatsApp Messenger is a very famous and widely known is a cross-platform mobile messaging app. It has more than 250 million active monthly users, which means a ver strong user base. But they have some healthy competitors who are about to capture market.

One best feature of WhatsApp is that it integrates with your existing phone address book and there’s no need to log in and out as you are always connected. If you miss a push notification, messages can be saved offline for later retrieval, and other features include location sharing, contact exchange, custom wallpaper, custom notification sounds and much more.

WhatsApp Alternatives

For those who are unable to have WhatsApp or looking for some other messaging apps can try any of the following alternatives.

WeChat

wechatA famous and widely known alternate to WhatsApp is WeChat, a mobile text and voice messaging communication service. WeChat provides free texting, voice messaging, broadcast messaging, photo/ video sharing and location sharing. WeChat is supported on Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, and 4G data networks. WeChat has over 300 million users already.

WeChat gives you live chat option, backup and restoring chat history and an option to invite your friends to a WeChat group chat via QR code.

LINE

lineA new communication app for instant messaging which is available on both smartphones and PCs across multiple carriers and operating systems including iOS, Android, Nokia Asha, Windows phone, BlackBerry, Windows and Mac. It allows you to make free voice calls and free messages. Line has reached 200 million users worldwide by July 21, 2013. Line has been ranked no. 1 in the free app category in 52 countries including Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, Macau, United Arab Emirates and many more!

Some of the highlighted features are multi-platform, optional address book syncing, real-time confirmation for messages sent and delivered, sharing photos, videos, music and more, sending current or any specific location, sending stickers and emoticons to friends, Bulletin boards (up to 100 people at once) for groups, adding friends through NFC by shaking their phones, direct Pop-out message box for easier reading and replying, and many more!

BBM

bbmBlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is an instant messenger and video telephony app that allows messaging (and video calls for BlackBerry 10 smartphones) between BlackBerry users.

Making video calls over Wi-Fi or the mobile network on BlackBerry 10 smartphones, sending and receiving messages with unlimited length, choosing a personal BBM display picture and status, Real-time confirmations on messages delivered and read, sharing photos, videos and more with multiple contacts at once, adding contacts by scanning QR Codes, Sending music files, Free Calling BBM contacts over Wi-Fi, etc. are some of the features offered by BBM to its users. The news is BBM may be available on Android / iPhone in few months which is really a fab news for BBM enthusiasts.

Hike

hikeHike is an instant messaging app for Android that lets you chat for free with any other user of the service. It has recently crossed 5 million user base. Hike has added three new features which include adding stickers, walkie-talkie, last seen and ability to message friends when they’re offline.

Day by day the competition among these apps is getting more intense, let’s see who takes the no. 1 position in instant messaging. Many of you have already used these apps, so please share your valuable comments with us.