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Blackberry Fumbles iPhone / Android BBM Launch

Nothing is going right for Blackberry (BBRY)... They even fumbled their very late entry into the cross-platform messaging application wars.

They are blaming it at the over 1 million downloads on an leaked android version of the BBM app. I think they were not prepared.

I was able to download the app before the roll-out got "paused" and have been poking around with it.

The first few (about 5x) I launched it I could not create a Blackberry ID. So I decided to create one on the computer via this site:

After a few more restarts of the app I was finally able to login and use it.

BBM for iPhone relies on Blackberry's PIN system and DOES NOT auto-populate from your contacts lists like popular competitors: Whatsapp, Viber, WeChat, LINE, etc. This can be a plus if you want to insulate your mobile number from certain contacts.

It is unclear when Blackberry will resume the roll-out of BBM for iPhone & Android.

I wonder how many ex-Blackberry users will flock back to BBM or have they moved on to the aforementioned BBM competitors?

I am curious to find out if existing Blackberry customers will move to an iPhone or an Android device now that BBM is available for both more popular platforms.

Also who is going to buy Blackberry? They are cutting 4500 jobs and are up for sale.


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I just wanted to share some stuff I learned over at xda-dev's forum today.
Anyway as the title states this is about today themes and Orientation Aware Backgrounds. It's really quite simple
All you need is 2 images [3 if you want to change the Start Menu image as well] of the proper resolution.
tdywater_320_240.gif [Landscape Image] = 320 x 240 image
tdywater_240_320.gif [Portrait Image] = 240 x 320 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 190 x 290 image
tdywater_640_480.gif [Landscape Image] = 640 x 480 image
tdywater_480_640.gif [Portrait Image] = 480 x 640 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 399 x 586 image
What you do is copy the files to \Windows directory and viola! Orientation Aware Backgrounds!
Notes: The theme's default images will be used once you switch themes. So you would need to copy the files back again to \Windows dir for it to work again, what I do is I have placed Wallpaper sets in ZIP files on my Storage Card so I can change and change as desired.…