Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is wasting no time creating headlines at its BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, which kicked off Tuesday morning. Already a couple of announcements are ripping through the Twitterverse and on blogs around the tech world about what is coming next. While the announcement of a new handset was half-expected, the unveiling of a new software package is what is lighting up Twitter today.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) earlier Tuesday announced the new Q5 handset that will be the mid-range version of the Q10 with the QWERTY keyboard and run on the BlackBerry 10 operating system. That device was leaked through photos the last few days, though it was called the R10 at that time. And while that in itself was getting some commotion on the Web, this latest piece has truly lit up the Twitterverse.
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BlackBerry Messenger is expanding its service to BBM Channels, which is reportedly a cross-platform concept that would be similar to Facebook or Twitter, where users can more easily interact with others across multiple devices with its own social community.
Not only that, but Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is also launching BBM Money, which seems to be something similar to a Google Wallet concept where users can pay for items or even do some online banking from their smartphone.
Here are a few tweets that came out following these recent software announcements:
“BBM messenger is going cross-platform! wow, this will be huge to convert more ppl.”
“BlackBerry announces an extension to their popular BlackBerry Messenger platform called BBM Channels. Social engagement within BBM”
“BlackBerry making BBM messaging service for free to all users across multiple platforms this summer”
“BBM Money is huge and will be a GLOBAL monster for them…”
“Think about it!! BBM Money…BBM Channels $ Ad $” these people don’t think of course its free”
“That is where the money is software. That is why MSFT was king for 25 years while AAPL for only five years.”
What do you think about these new software offerings by Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)? how much potential do you think these may have, and what will this mean for BlackBerry in the next few quarters? We’d like your feedback in the comments section below.