INSANE!!! BBM downloads for Android, iPhone hit 20 million in a week

BBM has over 20 million new active users in
the first week of launch of the chat application
for Android and iPhones.
NEW DELHI: Canadian handset maker
BlackBerry said its instant messaging service
BBM got over 20 million new active users in
the first week of launch of the chat application
for Android-based handsets and iPhones.
The BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) now has
more than 80 million active users across
BlackBerry, Android and iPhone devices
globally, the company said in a statement.
"After the amazing launch of BBM on Android
and iPhone devices, with more than 10 million
downloads in the first 24 hours, BBM has now
ended its first week with more than 80 million
monthly active users, including over 20 million
new users on Android and iPhone devices," it
BlackBerry said in coming months, it will begin
offering video calling, voice calling on BBM.
Besides it will start BBM Channels, a new
community building service to connect BBM
users even more broadly, to Android and
iPhone users.
In September, BlackBerry had paused the
global rollout of BBM on rival phones, blaming
the delay on issues caused by an unreleased
old version of BBM. The company said during
its first week, BBM was the top free overall
application in 35 countries in Google Play and
in 107 countries in the App StoreSM.
"It is great to see so many people downloading
BBM, but the true measurement for us is
engagement -- the connections being made and
the conversations in which our BBM
community engages," BlackBerry's BBM
executive vice president Andrew Bocking said.
He added the going forward, the company will
focus on active users of BBM and will no
longer focus on simple download numbers.

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