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Android and iOS apps add over 20 million new users to BlackBerry BBM service

Launching the BlackBerry BBM messaging and social networking application for Android and Apple iOS devices has resulted in more than 20 million new users joining the service, pushing the total number of monthly active BBM users to over 80 million people.

In fact, the Android and iPhone apps had more than 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours of their official release.

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BlackBerry starts rolling out its BBM iPhone and Android apps (again)

A month later than expected, BlackBerry has started rolling out its BBM applications for Android and iPhone.

The apps will allow users with non-BlackBerry devices to send and receive instant messages using the popular BBM messaging service.

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100 million users for Samsung's ChatON instant messaging service

Samsung Electronics says its ChatON cross-platform messaging service now has more than 100 million users worldwide.

The service was launched two years ago and offers a variety of options including text chat, voice chat, video chat and file sharing.

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Twitter introduces mobile alerts for emergency information

While the UK government is trialling the use of SMS text messages and GSM cell broadcast to inform members of the public during a local or national emergency, Twitter is introducing its own scheme.

Twitter Alerts enable the sender to highlight urgent tweets, which will cause them to be delivered by text message and highlighted with an orange bell icon when they’re received by the Twitter iOS or Android app.

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Black days for BlackBerry

Mark Bridge writes:

There are bad weeks... and there are BAD weeks. Blackberry had one of the latter. It all started so well. The company announced a new flagship phablet – the Z30 – and said it would be launching its BBM instant messaging service for iOS and Android handsets at the weekend.

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