In what is good news for probably a lot of users, BlackBerry has announced that the popular instant messaging application, WhatsApp, is now available on the platform. This is very much in line with the company’s communication towards the end of the previous week, which confirmed that the application will be arriving on BB10 this week.
“BlackBerry has always been about bringing people together in a way that is fast, reliable and impactful. WhatsApp is a highly anticipated mobile messaging app that connects users to their contacts on several platforms, and we are pleased to work with WhatsApp to bring their service to our customers.” said Martyn Mallick, VP Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry.
“BlackBerry has been a great platform for WhatsApp for many years. Delivering WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10 devices is in line with our goals of ensuring that our customers around the world can continue to communicate with the most important people in their lives.” said WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.
The application is available as a free download on BlackBerry World app store, and the app developers are offering this service free for a year. On the completion of one year, the service will be chargeable at Rs 55 per year. Like its siblings on Android and iOS, the BB10 version of WhatsApp uses the data connection to send and receive messages. The BB10 version has the complete set of notifications, and full integration with BlackBerry Contacts. What seems to be missing is the integration in the BlackBerry Hub, but that would be nitpicking!