You remember BBM? The BlackBerry Messenger? The messenger app that was popular shortly before WhatsApp took over. Sad to say but the BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down.
The owners say they are enclosing the encrypted messaging service because people are no more patronising it. Emtek, the Indonesian company that owns it, made an announcement back in April that it was going to shut down the service and gave its users one month to migrate.
Emtek wrote in a blog post:
“We are proud of what we have built to date. The technology industry, however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on.”
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The BB Messenger was initially exclusive to only BlackBerry phones. But in 2009, they expanded its support to other devices. It became more of a consumer market service than the previously business-focused product.
It was in 2013 that BBM released on Android and iOS devices. This was inevitable since all the major mobile OS’s were making their own messaging apps aside the numerous influx of popular third-party messengers.
Unfortunately, in 2016, BlackBerry [phone] said goodbye to the [commercial/consumer] phone industry.
BBM was listed as comparativley weakly protected by the standards of 2019, though it was one of the most protected apps back in the day. It was compared to similar services like Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp, which are end-to-end encrypted.
That meant only the recipients could decrypt the messages. But the BlackBerry Messenger was using a form of encryption which could be decrypted by BlackBerry itself.
For some consolation, Blackberry Messenger is not completely shutting down. It’s the consumer version of BBM that’s closing down. The business version, BBM Enterprise, which is made by BlackBerry itself will still be in play. The business version is free for the first year, then $2.5 per every 6 months. It’s available for both Android and iOS.