Here is a quick roundup of news items that do not deserve individual blogposts, but which you will probably be interested in anyway.
First up, Windows Phone is getting Facebook Messenger. Hurray! for users of Facebook messaging. The app should be reading in some weeks’time. I already did a post to say that BBM is coming to Windows Phone soon, based on an agreement that has been reached with BlackBerry.
There is more good news for Windows Phone fans. Version 8.1 is arriving in Spring. But wait, we don’t have spring here. In the northern hemisphere (where the news originated), that should be between March and May; right? And WP 8.1 is coming with dual-SIM compliance, support for installing apps on microSD card, as well as on-screen buttons.
Last year, I did say that BlackBerry would lose its strongholds in emerging markets for various reasons, including the pricing of their devices. Well, it is already happening. According to IDC, BlackBerry marketshare in Indonesia has dropped from 43% to a mere 14%. Here on the African continent, it is reported by StatCounter that Android has grabbed the top smartphone spot in terms of usage.
WhatsApp was down for some hours yesterday, and if my Twitter TimeLine is anything to go by, lots of WhatsApp users are defecting to Telegram. Have a look at this update from Telegram:
Today more than 1,8 million people joined Telegram. We are setting up more servers to be prepared for the high load.
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) February 22, 2014
1.8 million new users today alone. Wow. Were you one of the defectors?
What else? Oh; yes! Mobile World Congress takes off this week too, so lots of exciting news up ahead. And, yes; I finally got on Instagram. LASTMAN things; yes. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, fellow Mobilistas!
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.