May 26th, 2012

BlackBerry Messenger was one of the coolest messenger services just a few years ago. It is secure, convenient, instant and even lets you know if someone has read your message. BBM was so great that many Android users have been praying and waiting for it to come to our devices. It looked like the app was coming, with rumors and leaks popping up from time to time. It was only a matter of time, but it seems the project has been canceled. The app won’t be coming at all.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that sources close to the matter can attest that the project was in the works. Running under the name of “SMS 2.0,” the project was canned after the new CEO, Thorsten Heins, stepped into the main office. He did not want to license BBM to the competition, and the matter “was not up for discussion.”

But all of this makes us wonder just how much people want this service, still. I know I used to be one of those waiting for it, but I have stopped thinking about the matter for a long time now. We just have so many good options, starting with Google’s very own messaging service – Google Talk.

BlackBerry Messenger has its advantages, but do we need it? Apps like Facebook Messenger, Google Talk, Whats App and ChatOn make great substitutes for BlackBerry Messenger. Facebook Messenger even tells you when someone has seen your message, as well.

It could be that we simply learned to live without it, or it simply isn’t as “ground-braking” as it was before. What do you guys think? Please participate in the poll and let’s see if people would still want BBM on their Android handsets.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal Via: Droid Dog]

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