Research in Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has been trying to stage a comeback in the mobile market with the release of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and the new Z10 and Q10 handsets, and it seems that part of that comeback and evolution of the company revolves around not only the security for the enterprise, but also in terms of communicating with friends in a social sense. While BlackBerry Messenger has seen its usage go down in recent years on older handsets, the new BB10 OS is getting a jolt of social by providing several options for users – including two of the most popular platforms available.
Those two platforms – WhatsApp and Skype – have announced this week that they have released updates to their Research in Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) BB10 apps that will accommodate the Q10 handset, which is due for release Wednesday in Canada and later in the week in the U.K. WhatsApp has been a native application for the Z10 ad its touchscreen since the device launched min March, but there have been several bug-fixing updates and other features added.
However, the app was challenged by the smaller screen of the Q10 along with its QWERTY keyboard, so WhatsApp had to administer a new update that will make the app run more effectively with the smaller display.
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There also are some additional tweaks for the Z10 as well in this latest update. As the Q10 is being made and shipped, it is unlikely this update will make it directly onto the Q10 when it hits store shelves in Canada and the U.K. next week – it likely would be available for free in the BlackBerry World app store – but it may be included on later Q10 devices when they hit the U.S. and the rest of Europe.
WhatsApp is available free for the first year and just 99 cents per year after that. The app allows for users to instant message with anyone on virtually any messaging platform – Facebook, Yahoo!, Google Talk or even Skype. Skype, by the way, is another applications that has been native to the Research in Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) BB10 platform, and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has also updated that to meet the unique demands of the Q10. That app is available free and allows for messages to be sent over Wi-fi or 3G networks.
Let us know your thoughts about these upgrades, and your take on Research in Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) and its BlackBerry 10 OS. Are you a BlackBerry, and are you waiting for the Q10 or have you already bought into the Z10? What is your review? Share with us in the comments section below.
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