BlackBerry ramps up BBM device push with LG deal

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 DEC 2013 Related HomeDevicesNews BlackBerry ramps up BBM device push with LG deal Previous ArticleIndia slaps Vodafone with $600M tax bill – reportNext ArticleStrategy Analytics: Qualcomm maintains processor lead, but competition growing Tags BlackBerry sells smartphone IP to Huawei KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Tim Ferguson center_img BlackBerry turned to LG Electronics in its efforts to broaden the usage of its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) messaging app through deals with other handset makers.With BlackBerry’s own device shipments declining steeply in recent years, the company is looking to other handset vendors to make its once proprietary messaging service as ubiquitous as possible.While it previously struck deals with 12 handset vendors for the app to be pre-installed on Android devices sold across Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East, these were minor players compared to LG.Indeed, the LG deal — which will see BBM preloaded onto the G Pro Lite smartphone — is the first time BlackBerry has reached an agreement for BBM to be installed on devices made by a top five smartphone player.According to IDC figures, the South Korean company shipped 12 million units on the third quarter, putting it in fifth place with a 4.6 per cent market share.LG wasn’t far behind third- and fourth-placed Huawei (12.5 million) and ZTE (12.3 million), while runaway leader Samsung recorded 81.2 shipments. Apple was in second place with 33.8 million smartphone shipments.In contrast, BlackBerry stated in September that 5.9 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers in the quarter ending on 31 August, compared to 9.5 million a year earlier. Most of these devices (4.2 million) were powered by the ageing BlackBerry 7 platform as sales of the next-generation BlackBerry 10 devices disappointed.BlackBerry’s first foray into allowing BBM to be installed on non-BlackBerry devices came at the end of October when it released the app for iOS and Android. It was downloaded 20 million times during its first week of availability for the platforms.With the service remaining free, Andrew Bocking, executive VP of BBM, said BlackBerry would monetise BBM through advertising and forthcoming features such as social networking service BBM Channels.BlackBerry said BBM for Android and iPhone will continue to evolve in the coming months, with support for BBM Channels, as well as voice and video calling. Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Blog: Will BlackBerry mark-3 strike the right key? Blog Author BBMBlackBerryLGServiceslast_img read more

Great Horned Owl Spotted In Ponderosa Estates

first_imgA Great Horned Owl is spotted recently in Ponderosa Estates. With its long, earlike tufts, intimidating yellow-eyed stare, and deep hooting voice, the Great Horned Owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks. This powerful predator can take down birds and mammals even larger than itself, but also dines on daintier fare such as tiny scorpions, mice and frogs. It’s one of the most common owls in North America, equally at home in deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, cities and almost any other semi-open habitat between the Arctic and the tropics. Source: allaboutbirds.org. Photo by Tim Wallstromlast_img