However, if my personal experience and the feedback that I have received from users of BBM on various mobile platforms is anything to go by, perhaps BlackBerry should have left BBM strictly on their own software platform. Apart from BBM for Android OS, the app just doesn’t seem optimised for the other two competing platforms.
On both iOS and Windows Phone, incoming messages are delayed, usually until the user launches the app. I know for a fact that launching the BBM app on a flagship Windows Phone smartphone results in a painful lag – a blank screen staring at the user as he waits for the app to load.
There is a list of frustrations plaguing BBM on those two platforms. Even Android isn’t entirely free of issues either. This blog is riddled with comments from users who are having performance issues with the app, especially on lower end Android smartphones.
The truth is that the only platform that BBM works exceptionally well is BlackBerry 10. Why, for crying out loud, did BlackBerry ever bother?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.