BlackBerry s lower than expected Q4 losses isn t the only bright spot, as the company also revealed that its BlackBerry Messenger is still a huge hit. At the earnings call on Friday, the Canadian company revealed that BBM now has 115 million registered users, of which 85 million are monthly active users. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
This is a 5 million rise from the last quarter, when it had an estimated 80 million monthly active users. The number may not be big, but the messaging platform has continued its growth and is quite valuable to the company. BGR Classic s Terro Kuittinen says that with 85 million monthly active users, BBM is 10 percent more valuable than Tango, when Alibaba had valued it above $1 billion. If CEO John Chen were to be asked, he believes BBM is worth more than $19 billion or in other words more than Facebook s valuation of WhatsApp.
In addition to users, BlackBerry also revealed that the number of channels on BBM had doubled in the last four months, from 200,000 to around 500,000.
Going forward, BBM will soon be launching on Windows Phones as well as the recently launched Nokia X devices. As a part of the new “keyboard centric” strategy, BlackBerry is also said to be contemplating launching BBM on desktops.