— Shahriyar Ali (@shahriyarali) December 4, 2013
It’s pretty widely understood that BBM is being used all over Asia in some pretty interesting ways. The messaging app is still incredibly popular in East Asia as well as South-East Asia. Recently, @shahriyarali tweeted a photo of a customer service BBM pin, and the timing is very interesting. With BBM Channels being released, stories like this are one reason brands and businesses are going to start adopting BBM as a tool for engaging with customers. This could be a sign of things to come.
— CapChi Ottawa (@CapCHIOttawa) November 20, 2013
Recently, CapCHI, an Ottawa-based technology meetup group, hosted a lecture at Algonquin College with Dr. Glen Geiger on Workflow Efficiency at The Ottawa Hospital. The event was during World Usability Day 2013, and featured a fascinating lecture on how the Ottawa Hospital deployed a major iPad pilot program and became a world leader in mobility.
First and foremost, some people may be wondering, why would the Ottawa Hospital need a mobility solution? The hospital environment has nursing stations, computers on wheels, embedded computers everywhere and thousands of computers throughout the hospital campus. So why would a hospital need a mobility solution? The entire pilot program of giving nurses iPads seems like giving them “toys”, and this is how it was perceived by almost every other hospital around the world.
The next time you are reading an article using the BlackBerry 10 Browser make sure you try out the reader option for a distraction free read. Simply put, this option allows you focus on the article you’d like to read by removing distracting clutter such as ads. Reader mode also offers the ability to increase or decrease the text size as well as an option to invert colors which I find really convenient whenever I’m reading before bed.
To try this all you need to do is tap when viewing an article and select Reader, or press the R key if you are using a device that has a physical keyboard. To increase or decrease the textfont size, use the buttons along the bottom of the screen. You can also change the background color to make nighttime reading easier, to do this, tap again and select Invert Color.
To learn more about BlackBerry 10 Browser check out the Help app on your device or the user guide which can be found at docs.blackberry.com.
Here is my prediction for BlackBerry in the next 2 years: BlackBerry will go 100% enterprise and BBM will split off as a separate company with a valuation that rivals Snapchat. Anyone who is currently at BlackBerry is right now positioning themselves to either join the enterprise team and build a smartphone for Fortune 1000, or realize their passion is in consumer and join the BBM team.
Distimo recently put out some estimates of downloads and in terms of market share, BBM is doing impressively well. The market share looks to be greater than Snapchat and giving Whatsapp a run for its money. Now, in terms of valuation, you obviously have to consider demographics and the type of messaging service. For example, Snapchat is worth $3 billion because it is entirely pictures and disrupts a significant portion of Facebook’s business. BBM may or may not have the metrics to rival Snapchat and drive valuation in the same way, but in pure downloads it is definitely a worthy opponent.
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