Did you hear? The messaging app that started it all, BlackBerry Messenger, will shut down on May 31st. Emtek, the company that licensed BlackBerry Limited in 2016, announced the announcement Thursday.
BBM has not only introduced us to the wonderful world of read receipts and writing indicators, but security has long been a selling point. While you may feel nostalgic, the BBM decline is not all lost. Because of BBM, there are competing messaging platforms like WhatsApp or iMessage – and a handful of others -. Since the end of BBM is still pending, you need to find out which messaging platform will replace it. Here are some of the best news services currently available.
If security is a priority, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp should be avoided.
Absent areand . Both are capable messaging apps that you could certainly use. However, a recent report said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is offering WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram even though the messaging services are currently separate entities.
On the surface sounds like a good idea. However, if you begin to investigate what the move might mean in terms ofthis can lead to a disturbing feeling. Especially if you consider that WhatsApp messages are currently being encrypted, while Messenger and Instagram messages are not. It is unknown how Facebook mixes services and what protection it provides.
For BBM hard-boiled, there is a silver lining: BlackBerry Messenger will also be available in its enterprise form. After announcing that BBM should be closed to consumers, BlackBerry announced that the corporate version of BBM is now open for personal use.
There are Android, iOS, MacOS, and Windows versions of BBM Enterprise. The subscription messaging service is free for consumers in the first year. Thereafter, a subscription fee of $ 2.49 will be charged for six months.
BBMe includes all the well-known BBM features – end-to-end encryption, voice and video calls, read receipts, and file sharing, just to name a few – that users have come to know and love for all these years.
You must install and subscribe to the service through one of the mobile apps before you can set up the desktop apps. Currently, the iPhone version lacks the subscribers option, but an update is expected soon.
Telegram (Download for Android | iPhone)
Telegram offers encrypted chats with self-destructive messages. The service works on multiple devices and platforms, including a web browser, if you do not want to install an app on your computer. End-to-end encryption is an optional feature called secret chats that you must enable for each conversation.
The service requires a phone number to sign in, but does not share your phone number with contacts. A handy feature for anyone trying to identify potential benefits..
Signal (Download for Android | iPhone)
Signal is a cross-platform messaging app that has made a name for itself thanks to its end-to-end encryption. You get an Android or iOS version of the app, as well as desktop apps for Mac, Windows, and Debian-based Linux.
Android users, please drop your pitchforks. The truth is, Apple's iMessage Platform is really well made and seamless in use … as long as you own an Apple product. And this is the problem. To get the most out of iMessage, you need not just an Apple device, but the people you talk to to use Apple devices (iOS or Mac).
If you trust Apple more than one third-party app developer, iMessage is your answer. It offers end-to-end encryption, and with built-in iMessage apps and FaceTime, you can continue to enjoy all the features that competing messaging apps can deliver.
Originally published on 15 February.
April 19 update: Adds the message that BBM has been shut down and updates options with BBMe.