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BBM for iOS and Android to Launch This Summer

Apple and Android™ users this summer, with support planned for iOS7, and Android 4.2 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, all subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play. 

BBM sets the standard for mobile instant messaging with a fast, reliable, engaging experience that includes delivered and read statuses, and personalized profiles and avatars. Upon release, BBM customers would be able to broaden their connections to include friends, family and colleagues on other mobile platforms.
In the planned initial release, iOS and Android users would be able to experience the immediacy of BBM chats, including multi-person chats, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes, and engage in BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people.

“For BlackBerry, messaging and collaboration are inseparable from the mobile experience, and the time is definitely right for BBM to become a multi-platform mobile service. BBM has always been one of the most engaging services for BlackBerry customers, enabling them to easily connect while maintaining a valued level of personal privacy. We’re excited to offer iOS and Android users the possibility to join the BBM community,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem, at BlackBerry.
BBM is loved by customers for its “D” and “R” statuses, which show up in chats to let people know with certainty that their message has been delivered and read. It provides customers with a high level of control and privacy over who they add to their contact list and how they engage with them, as invites are two-way opt-in. iOS and Android users would be able to add their contacts through PIN, email, SMS or QR code scan, regardless of platform. Android users would also be able to connect using a compatible NFC-capable device.

BBM has more than 60 million monthly active customers, with more than 51 million people using BBM an average of 90 minutes per day. BBM customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps. Almost half of BBM messages are read within 20 seconds of being received; indicating how truly engaged BBM customers are.

Today, BlackBerry also announced BBM Channels, a new social engagement platform within BBM that will allow customers to connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups they are passionate about. BlackBerry plans to add support for BBM Channels as well as voice and video chatting for iOS and Android later this year, subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play.

If approved by Apple and Google, the BBM app will be available as a free download in the Apple® App Store(SM) and Google Play store. Additional details about system requirements and availability will be announced closer to the launch.


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Just after a successful released of the all new BlackBerry 10 devices e.g Z10 and Q10, heres a sneak leak to what we could say the next iBlackberry lol coz this device R10 is said to have a non-removable battery with a back plastic cover that looks like an iPhone 3G...

The device is rumored to ship with a 3.1-inch display operating at a resolution of 720 x 720, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of system memory, 8GB of internal flash storage and a 1,800mAh battery that isn’t removable.


However its surely running on the New BlackBerry 10 OS, other sources suggested the phone would launch sometime during the third quarter for between $300 to $400 without carrier subsidy.


The BlackBerry R10 at first glance, it looks a lot like an older iPhone from the rear, you can however call this iPhone 3G mimic lol...Till then lest see what this device holds.


I'm beginning to love to differentiate BlackBerry phones so here's the difference between Blackberry Bold 5 "9900" with the yet to be released Blackberry 10 smartphone Q10 which is coming out sometime in April 2013.

First of all, physically they both look alike and after you check the specs below you'd agree that the BB Q10 is just a Super Smartphone higher than the Bold 5 (9900)...Braze yourself the similarity are quite obvious.     Bold 5 Specs:   Network: 2G: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
EDGE: 850 / 1900 / 2100 / 800
3G: HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100
SIM: Yes
Release Date: August 2011.
Size: 115 x 66 x 10.5 mm (4.53 x 2.60 x 0.41 in)
Weight: 130 g (4.59 oz)
KeyBoard: QWERTY.

Blackberry Q10 Specs:
 
Network: 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G: HSDPA
SIM: Yes
Release Date: April 2013.
Size: 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.4 mm (4.71 x 2.63 x 0.41 in).
Weight: 139 g (4.90 oz)
Keyboard: QWERTY
BOLD 5 "9900" DISPLAY:   Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen,
 16M colors, Size 640 x 480 pixels, 2.8 inches (~286 ppi pixel density)
TrackPad: Yes - "Optical trackpad"
Blackberry 10 "Q10"

Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 720 x 720 pixels,
3.1 inches (~328 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
BOLD 5 "9900" Sound types: Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, 3.5mm jack Yes
Memory: 768 MB RAM, Internal Memory 8GB, expandable up to 32 GB. Card slot microSD
Connectivity: GPRS/EDGE/3G
Speed HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC supported.
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0

Blackberry 10 "Q10"
Sound types: Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, 3.5mm jack Yes
Memory: 2 GB RAM,
Internal 16 GB expandable up to 64 GB. Card slot microSD
Connectivity: GPRS/EDGE/3G
Speed: HSDPA, HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot,
 Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC supported.
USB: microUSB v2.0
Bold 5 "9900" CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, LED flash,
 Geo-tagging, face detection, image
stabilization, Video 720p Recorder.
OS: Blackberry OS 7.0
Blackberry 10 "Q10"
Camera: 2(Back and Front) Back 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels,
 autofocus, LED flash features Geo-tagging,
 continuous auto-focus, image
stabilization, face detection, Front 2Mega pixel, Video.
OS: Blackberry 10.
Bold 5 "9900" Processor: CPU 1.2 GHz QC 8655
Sensors Proximity, compass.
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser: HTML
Radio: No
Map: GPS, with A-GPS support, BlackBerry Maps
Java: Enabled MIDP 2.1

Blackberry 10 "Q10"
Processor:**Chipset TI OMAP 4470. CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU PowerVR SGX544, Sensors Accelerometer,
gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6.
Browser: HTML5
Radio: TBD
Map: GPS, A-GPS support.
Java: Enabled MIDP 2.1

Bold 5 "9900"
Battery: Li-Ion 1230 mAh battery
Stand-by: Up to 307 h (2G) / Up to 307 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 6 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 50 min (3G)
Music play: Up to 50 h

BlackBerry Q10
Battery: Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
Stand-by Talk time Up to 10 h.
Color: Black/White

BOLD 5 "9900"
Others... - Document viewer
- MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA player
- Organizer
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input

BlackBerry Q10
Other...
- SNS integration
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
- DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input

Ok now that you've seen the difference let's take a rewind.
  Did you Notice...  


BB Q10 has two cameras front and Back,
Bold 5: Has just One Back Camera

BB Q10 has No Track Pad.
Bold 5: Has Trackpad

BB Q10 Camera 8MP
Bold 5: Camera 5MP

BB Q10 weighs 139kg
Bold 5: weighs 130kg

BB Q10 Ram 2GB
Bold 5: Ram 768MB

BB Q10 internal memory 16GB expandable to 64GB
Bold 5: 8GB expandable to 32GB

BB Q10 comes with Chipset TI OMAP 4470.
Bold 5: has no such Chipset


BB Q10 Processor: CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 GPU PowerVR SGX544, Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Bold 5 Processor: CPU 1.2 GHz QC 8655
Sensors Proximity, compass.

BB Q10 Battery: Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
Bold 5 Battery: Li-Ion 1230 mAh battery

BB Q10 Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
Bold 5: Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP

BB Q10 Browser: Html 5
Bold 5 Browser: Html

BB Q10 has Radio
Bold 5: No radio

BB Q10: OS 10
Bold 5: OS 7
  BB Q10 handles this media format MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC, DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player Bold 5 handles MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264, MP3/eAAC+/WMA player Specs Src: GsmArenA.com



 
These are the differences and i believe from this you can make a wise choice :-)

**Updated 25th Of July 2013***
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