In this video, we review the newly-released Whatsapp on the BlackBerry Z10. While this native app works very well, Whatsapp lacks many of the features that BBM now has, including BBM Voice and BBM Video with Screen Share. BBM is also much more visually appealing, with larger profile pictures and a grid view of your contacts’ display pictures.
While Whatsapp is free to download, it will require a $0.99/year payment after the one-year trial expires. This is the same as the Android version.
Overall, Whatsapp feels like BBM from at least 3 years ago, on BlackBerry OS 4.6. I think hard-core BlackBerry users are looking forward to an update to BBM that allows users to add text message contacts to BBM. This feature was available on BBM for OS 7.1 and older. With this feature, you would be able to use BBM to message Android and iPhone users.
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