Few years ago, Black Berry Messenger (BBM) was the most used messenger in Diaspora and particularly in Nigeria. Blackberry devices were the in-thing and you didn’t belong if you never owned one. However, WhatsApp subtly crawled into the limelight and gradually emerged. The acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook heralded a front-runner chase to un-sit BBM as the most used messenger even without considering advertisement despite its munificent users.
New WhatsApp updates and features matched up BBM and the long-awaited video calling feature became available just yesterday. Its already available peeps so just update
We took some time to decipher some differences and similarities between the two messengers as of today, take a look;
Both messengers are allowed users to chat for free. Although WhatsApp had reminders to charge a fee for a year but they never did.
BBM outclassed Whatsapp with its videos calls but not until yesterday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp now has the video calling features
Groups are significantly different between BBM and Whatsapp. The 2 apps both have the options of groups, but the similarity ends there. In WhatsApp, anyone can be added to any group without the permission of the person being added to the group. In other words, a user may find themselves in groups that he does not want to be in, completely without his knowledge – though you still have the option to exit the group
In BBM, group membership is only with the approval and knowledge of the invited users meaning that unlike Whatsapp, BBM users have control to avoid been added to a group
WhatsApp messenger had to be optimized to support some Black Berry devices to enable users of BBM stick to their devices. Now by end of 2016, this won’t happen anymore
Android became part of the game changer as most if not all android devices came with the WhatsApp device by default. So what is next for BBM? Will they grow up and size up? We are looking to see the next phase of our comparison. We hope something happens soon. Frankly speaking, this is a healthy competition as we end users just sit and enjoy better services
So for WhatsApp, they would be starting at the top because even if only 50% of WhatsApp users start using he video calling service, they’d already be the biggest app offering the service. Even bigger than Skype.
In the months leading up to this feature, WhatsApp introduced several new feature or updates to the app including end-to-end encryption to make chats safer and group chatting feature.
Though the WhatsApp video calling is welcome, the downside for users in countries like Nigeria still remains the cost of data and of course the strength of internet connectivity