Kik Settles with BlackBerry Over Messaging App
Kik recently indicated that it has settled all litigation with BlackBerry. Kik developed a BlackBerry Messenger-like messaging product that works between a number of different platforms, including BlackBerry, Android, and iOS. BlackBerry sued Kik in 2010 and kicked the app out of the BlackBerry World app store for what it called "false and/or misleading statements" that lead to consumer confusion. According to The Globe and Mail. Kik's founder attempted to convince BlackBerry's management to make BBM a cross-platform service, but they refused. That's what spurred the development of the Kik app. Kik currently has about 90 million users, while BlackBerry's BBM service has shrunk to about 60 million users. BlackBerry attempted to release versions of BBM for the Android and iOS platforms just last month, but had to delay the rollout due to problems.
BBM Gains PayPal for Android, BlackBerry, iOS
BlackBerry today added a handful of new features to its cross-platform messaging service. All versions of BBM (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) earn the ability to send money to BBM contacts using PayPal.
BBM Gains Private Chat Mode
BlackBerry today pushed out an update to the Android, BlackBerry, and iOS versions of its BBM app and added several new features. The main new addition is a private chatting mode that strips conversations of names and profile pictures.
BlackBerry Makes BBM Privacy Features Free
BBM users now have more control over their messages thanks to an update BlackBerry made available to Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices. All three platforms now have unlimited use of the Retract and Timer features.
BBM for Android Gains Video Calling
BlackBerry today said it is expanding BBM video calling to Android devices. The feature is rolling out in the U.S.
Kik Exploring Financial Partnership or Outright Sale
Kik Interactive, the company behind the Kik messaging service, is exploring strategic options including a sale or investment. Kik has hired Qatalyst Partners to help it set up face time with investors in Silicon Valley and Asia, according to Bloomberg.