BlackBerry Updates BBM for iPads and iPods

Beleaguered Canadian handset maker BlackBerry continues to build out its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). This week, the company released a version for AppleEUs iPad and iPods.

Last month, BlackBerry issued an update for Android devices and for the iPhone, which resulted in 10 million downloads of the free app within 24 hours. That move, which had been delayed several weeks because of traffic issues arising from the release of an unauthorized version, resulted in an expansion of the user base to 80 million, up from 60 million.

This new expansion to AppleEUs other two mobile product lines is also expected to increase the user base. The update, which will work on iPads or iPods running iOS 6 or higher, also fixes some bugs, including the accidental deletion of BBM contact names for some users on the iPhone and a battery draining issue on Android devices. On the Android version, thereEUs also an enhancement of the group list sorting and filtering, so categories can be better organized and shared.

PIN Codes

There is also a feature to issue an e-mail invitation to invite BBM contacts to Groups, even without knowing their PINs.

But not yet announced are plans for BBM for Windows Phone devices or for Android tablets, as the only supported Android devices so far are those with screens of 7 inches or less. Additionally, the BBM version for the iPad is not designed specifically for a tabletEUs screen.

Shortly after the launch of the iOS and Android versions of BBM, the app moved to the top of Apple and Google app store lists for most popular. But now the initial wave has subsided, and BBM is out of the top 50 or top 100 Google apps in the U.S. By contrast, the popular Snapchat, which came out two years ago, is still in third place...

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