Rumor: Blackberry Messenger (BBM) Akan Tersedia di iOS dan Android!!! (Sebelumnya, Aplikasi Android Dipastikan Dapat Di-install di Blackberry Playbook)

Posted: 3 March 2011 in Android, Apple, Blackberry, Candybar, Clamshell, Design/Type, Form Factor, General, iOS, Lifestyle, Manufacturer, Operating System, Slider, Smartphone, Touchscreen
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Cross-platform. Komunikasi antara pengguna gadget dari 3 pemain besar sistem operasi: iOS (Apple), Blackberry (RIM), dan Android. Maaf, Symbian dan Windows Phone 7 belum termasuk ke dalam kelompok aplikasi yang dapat melakukan cross-platform ini.

Nampaknya RIM (Blackberry) menyadari bahwa Android adalah sistem operasi yang saat ini memang tengah digandrungi banyak orang di seluruh penjuru dunia. Aplikasi berbasis Android sudah semakin banyak, tak kurang dari 150.000 aplikasi tersedia untuk diunduh, dengan sebagian besar bebas biaya alias gratis. Selain itu ada kecenderungan bahwa pengguna gadget dari berbagai sistem operasi ingin melakukan komunikasi satu sama lain, tidak terbatas pada sistem operasi yang sama.

Saat ini Blackberry Messenger (BBM) hanya tersedia untuk pemakai Blackberry. Maka, beberapa pengembang aplikasi menciptakan aplikasi yang dapat memenuhi kebutuhan cross-platform tersebut. Ambil contoh aplikasi WhatsApp dan Kik, yang dapat di-install di iOS, Blackberry maupun Android dan dapat melakukan komunikasi antar ketiga platform tersebut. Namun, beberapa waktu lalu RIM memblokir aplikasi WhatsApp di Blackberry.

Beberapa bulan lalu, sempat beredar rumor bahwa aplikasi Android akan dapat di-install di produk tablet buatan Blackberry yang diberi nama Playbook. Rumor tersebut kemudian dinyatakan kebenarannya oleh pihak RIM.

Dan sekarang, muncul rumor baru, yaitu RIM akan menyediakan aplikasi dan layanan BBM-nya untuk sistem operasi iOS dan Android, sehingga nantinya layanan ini akan lebih luas, tidak terbatas hanya antar pengguna device Blackberry saja.

Rumor terakhir tersebut dilaporkan oleh BoyGeniusReport secara ekslusif dalam tulisannya:

Exclusive: BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS

BGR has learned from multiple trusted sources that Research In Motion is planning to bring its beloved BlackBerry Messenger app and service to Android, and eventually to iOS as well. According to our sources, RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing, but we have heard that the company might make the software free to all users. We’re also told strategy is still being developed, however, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms.

It might seem a bit strange for RIM to want to bring the software that is responsible for keeping BlackBerry devices in the hands of countless potential defectors, but in the big picture, we think it could make sense. The company is getting very frustrated with applications like WhatsApp and Kik offering third-party experiences based on a concept RIM invented, and RIM apparently wants to own the space.

As far as what Android and iOS users can look forward to, we’ve been told RIM will offer stripped down versions of the BBM experience BlackBerry owners know and love. That way, Android and iOS users can communicate with practically anyone who has a smartphone using BBM, but they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos (when RIM crosses that bridge). Users who want the full BlackBerry Messenger experience will still need a BlackBerry smartphone to get it. At the same time, RIM could own the entire messaging app category on every major smartphone OS platform and could potentially draw new users in because it has given them a taste of what BlackBerry Messenger is all about.

Right now, we have heard that Android is definitely a go. But again, we’re not sure on timing, though our sources are confident that it will launch some time this year. RIM chose Android first because of the fact that it could develop and integrate something like this much easier with an open platform, but the plan is to build and deploy an iOS version at some point as well.

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Sumber: BoyGeniusReport

  1. Lu Kwan Ying says:

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