BlackBerry Messenger officially shut down on May 31 2019
BlackBerry Messenger officially shut down on May 31 2019.
BlackBerry BBM, full name BlackBerry Messenger, is a proprietary mobile instant messenger and video phone application included on BlackBerry devices that allows messaging and voice calling between BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile users .
Developed by Indonesian company Emtek under license from BlackBerry Limited (formerly RIM, Research In Motion).
Originally launched on August 1, 2005, BBM was the world’s first mobile-first social software, and it took a while before starting to lose out to competitors.
Messages sent on BBM are sent over the Internet and use the BlackBerry PIN system.
In the past, many service providers allowed logging into BBM with a dedicated BlackBerry data plan.
You can also use BBM to exchange messages with a single person or through a dedicated discussion or chat group, which enables multiple BlackBerry devices to communicate in a single session.
In addition to providing text-based instant messaging, BBM also allows users to send pictures, voice notes, files, share real-time locations on a map, stickers, and various emojis.
On June 27, 2016, Indonesia-based Emtek Group announced the acquisition of BBM’s licensing rights.
As part of a six-year, $207 million deal, BlackBerry Ltd. will provide the BBM API to Emtek.
In 2017, BBM servers were moved from a data center in Canada to a Google Cloud Platform-based data center in Asia.
On June 27, 2018, consumer features such as the BBM Channel and premium content in the BBM Store were discontinued on BlackBerry devices.
Emtek announced on April 18, 2019 that BBM, which was serving consumers globally, would cease to exist on May 31 of that year.