BBM for iOS and Android was released in October and so far we’ve seen some success from the app, such as it experiencing an impressive 5 million downloads within 8 hours of its launch, and with the app rising to the number 2 spot on the iTunes App Store shortly after its release, however it seems that the success of the app could be limited to certain regions. According to Distimo, they have been keeping an eye on the cross-platform version of BBM for iOS and based on their findings, it seems that over in countries such as India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, BBM has no problems holding its own against the likes of LINE, WeChat, KakaoTalk, and Viber.
However over in countries such as China, Japan, and Korean, BBM has yet to make a significant impact and are clearly dominated by the competition. In a way this isn’t surprising as BlackBerry devices have been popular in regions such as Indonesia, India, Malaysia, and the Philippines (Thailand as well, but oddly enough they weren’t listed in Distimo’s survey), so it could be that former BlackBerry users who might have made the switch to iOS wanted to remain in touch with BlackBerry friends, or perhaps preferred the more familiar interface that is BBM, could explain the app’s popularity.
BlackBerry has released the 10.2 update not too long ago and with every update, there is bound to be bug fixes, although it’s safe to say that it would be impossible to catch them all, which is why updates are usually looked forward to as a means to quash existing bugs. However updates also bring about new features, and with BlackBerry 10.2.1, it will include the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean runtime, something which we’re sure both developers and users are looking forward to, but so far apart from leaked builds, it is unclear as to when the update will be released to the masses.
Well if you’re looking forward to the update, it seems that January 2014 is when you might be able to expect it. This is according to one of N4BB’s readers who attended the BlackBerry Jam Direct virtual event, in which he asked Justin Jasmann, the App Dev Consultant for BlackBerry, if the BlackBerry 10.2.1 update will arrive in January, in which Jasmann replied with an affirmative statement, “That is true, yes.” Given that we’ve already seen the leaked build, we suppose that it does appear somewhat ready for release, but at the same time we suggest you not get your hopes up just yet. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more info, so be sure to check back with us at a later date for the details.