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BlackBerry: Android and iOS combined for 40 million new BBM registrations in 60 days

CEO drops cryptic hint at desire for 'BlackBerry experience' on Android

A few small nuggets of Android news out of BlackBerry's otherwise not-exactly-uplifting quarterly earnings report this morning. We'll break it down here in handy bullet-point form:

  • More than 40 million new BBM registrations have come from Android and iOS in the past two months. BlackBerry didn't break it down any more than that.
  • More than a dozen manufacturers are set to preload BBM on their hardware, as previously reported. The one we're most likely to see here in our neck of the woods is LG, but even that's subject to the whim of the carriers (in the U.S.), most likely.
  • Apparently BlackBerry's new CEO John Chen would like to see some sort of "BlackBerry experience" on Android, which is only fair given that BlackBerry's doing all it can to put the Android experience on its phones. 

And that's that. The kids at CrackBerry are covering this as only they can.

  • I don't want anything to do with BlackBerry anywhere near my phone. That crap BBM is so yesterday. From my Note 2 to you
  • Thanks for letting us know. Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.
  • +9999 Posted via Android Central App
  • Can't wait for these new features. Sent from my Motorola side view pager 4-5683-968
  • Excellent comment! I laughed.
  • Do they count people that installed BBM, hated it and then uninstalled? Cause I did that, along with a bunch of people I know with Android phones.
  • Yeah, I did the same. Removed in less than 10 minutes. Posted via Android Central App
  • I also know people that installed it, but NEVER use it because they have no BBM contacts. One friend told me he'd keep it on his phone "just in case". LOL
  • Haha! What a stupid app it was!!! Uninstalled it after 2 minutes by just looking at the GUI.
  • The Google play market only shows downloads, not un installs which they cn clearly see on the dev side. Too bad the install numbers don't fluctuate when people uninstall it to show real numbers. And if people wanted a BB Experience, why the hell did they stop buying their devices in the first place?
  • +999
  • That was something I would like to know. Or those that realized that it did nothing that they couldn't already do through other services they already use since almost everyone they know had also moved on from BB and were using other messenger services. I am sure that most ended up just sending messages and chatting through clients provided by Facebook. BB have to face it, just like twitter etc, you can quote as many sign ups for their service but until they tell people the active users that signed up out of that number who are using it on a daily, or even weekly if it helps the figures, basis rather than just signing up and realizing how much they no longer needed it any more.
  • I tried the app but its seriously ugly. I don't require it anyway, so it doesn't matter that much. Posted via Android Central App
  • I installed it but was like "eh" and uninstalled it
  • What's a blackberry? O_o Nexus 5 4.4.2
    Got sideload?
  • What would a "BlackBerry Experience on Android" look like? That statement has me curious. BB10, itself, actually resembles (sort of) Android. Hell, Android borrowed some elements from BBOS. Are they hinting at a "skin?" If BlackBerry becomes, exclusively, a software company, then I can see them developing a BlackBerry Experience for Enterprise: an overlay/UI of sorts, that is easily downloadable and that allows for secure applications to be run (similar to Knox). Just an opinion. Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5
  • All I know is that they need to update the BBM app for Android. It is glitchy and buggy as hell. Posted via Samsung GS3 Wishing It Was A N5
  • Numbers mean nothing. I installed this battery draining piece of crap on my phone and Uninstalled it after a few days of enduring it. Blackberry is dead, most people I know unistalled the BBM and never looked back. Sent via the Android 5.0 MilkShake.
  • Ok, I will admit it,I jumped at the chance at putting BBM on my Note 3. And for about a week I had a really fun time chatting with some friends but it faded quickly. There is just too many platforms and messengers out there. I they cant please us all but I have an android, I am going to use Hangouts. If you have BBM I am going to tell you about Hangouts. There are reasons one may need to DL BBM but none of them apply to me or anyone I know.
  • Hmmm, maybe I missed it on my short Crackberry visit. No word of the huge loss Blackberry recently announced. Sales are tanking. Might be too late to save Blackberry. Edit: Yep I missed it.
  • I too installed it and removed in a week later. I wonder who these 40 million people are? Seems I don't know any of them. Maybe it will take some time to catch on but it's not the same BBM from back in the day.
  • That app is useless Posted via Android Central App
  • The comment form won't allow me to add a link, but USA Today is reporting that BB has a $4.4B loss.
  • Yikes... Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5
  • That explains why they want it preinstalled on several OEMs to save the dying/dead company. Sent via the Android 5.0 MilkShake.
  • Which still makes no fiscal sense as BB is making no money from BBM. The OEMs aren't going to pay BB to be able to preinstall a FREE app.
  • Exactly what I thought at first but maybe they've got some behind the scenes deal with several OEMs we know nothing about. Anyway, it's still blackberry's loss. Sent via the Android 5.0 MilkShake.
  • Comically, crackberry diehards are thrilled.
  • That's their cash reserves gone then. Next quarter loss the creditors start circling. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's worth noting that the 40 million is new registrations, not new active users, which is probably a significantly lower number. My guess would be approximately half that number are active users. Posted via Android Central App
  • *quarter active users. .. Sent via the Android 5.0 MilkShake.
  • Installed then uninsulated just like everyone else. Posted via Android Central App
  • Uninsulated? Somebody needs a cup of coffee =) Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5
  • In an insulated mug. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yummy, lol. Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5
  • Installed to see what fuss was about.... Deleted. I'll just text or use Facebook like everyone else HTC One Black
  • I don't mind if they want to become more Android oriented but I don't want their bloatware forced upon me like LG is doing with BBM. If I want their apps I will seek them out just like if I wanted a Blackberry I would buy one.
  • Myself I do not need nor want BBM, if its bloat on a phone I may purchase down the line I will look for alternates that do not cram it on the phone.
    This is not a positive addition, it clearly is a negative to most android users.
  • I had it installed, rarely used it if at all and uninstalled.
  • The problem with BBM, as many have stated is, there's no compelling reason to switch from another chat application. What's the benefit of using BBM? Nothing as far as I can see. Everyone I chat with is reached through SMS, Hangouts or Whatsapp, there's no compelling reason to suddenly ask them all to install and use BBM. Also, the app itself is very poorly designed. People that use an Android phone don't want to suddenly use an application that attempts to keep the Blackberry "look and feel". The app was also a constant battery hog, had a persistent notification in the top bar (I realize it can be turned off, but that's not a great option to enable by default). All in all, BBM would only be used and loved by the hard core Blackberry fans who still cling to that ecosystem. All the people over at Crackberry who just can't let go think for some unknown reason that people who have moved to iOS or Android will suddenly want BBM again? There's no reason to. That's the bottom line. BBM isn't any better than other chat applications available on iOS and Android, and in many ways like I've stated, it's worse.
  • Spot on mate. BBM brings nothing new to the table. The fact that the app failed to follow android design guidelines and gestures is a major issue for people.
    Blackberry embedded their hideous UI and gestures in their app so people would reconsider buying a BB but I guess that failed. Now they want it preinstalled on several devices inorder to save their skins but will eventually piss people off and end up as bloatware. Sent via the Android 5.0 MilkShake.
  • I'm a remote developer so I use a company issued BB q10 to get my work email and use it as a hotspot. I like BB OS. Now, I prefer Android, but BB is nice.
    I don't really understand all the hate towards it. Well, except that it is so much easier to be negative than positive. I do not, however, use BBM. Nobody I know does either so it'd be useless bloat to me on Android. But if people want to download it that's fine with me. Posted via Android Central App using an LG G2.
  • This is by far, the most hate-free, unbiased comment about BB so far Posted via Android Central App
  • Why would anyone dislike or mock BB?
    Pretty simple really. The company is a mismanaged disaster. They derided the wants of users with their infamous comments about cameras and color screens (and later on-screen keyboards). They play up their security as some huge feature (when it really isn't). The OS simply doesn't bring anything to the table. When you produce a mediocre product, you're going to get mocked. At least Windows Phone is distinctive.
    Mostly, it's the management's complete ineptitude. When you manage a company badly (and so loudly), that gets reflected on the product. They couldn't even launch BBM without shooting themselves in the foot (twice).
  • Will you be my BBM friend?(in my pathetic five year old voice)
  • Blackberry should have just became a android OEM. Make android phones with BlackBerry skin, services and features. Combined with google services and app store, would probably sell better than the blackberry 10 devices.
  • Absolutely not, that would be a security nightmare. Posted via Android Central App
  • BBM, as if. Quit covering this garbage and giving it traction. Posted via Android Central App
  • Death is VERY slow for BB Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or Moto G
  • App sucks and is useless. Uninstalled the next day. Nothing but a bunch of foreign pervs wanting to show pics of junk.... Posted via Android Central App
  • Omg Posted via Android Central App