Research In Motion Ltd(NASDAQ:BBRY) released its Z10 smartphone in India today, priced at Rs. 43,990. The Canadian company is facing a lot of criticism for pricing the smartphone so high.
If the company is planning on commanding a premium price for its flagship device, the BlackBerry Z10, it will have to make sure that it offers a good operating system to its users. BlackBerry had declared that it has 70,000 apps at the time it launched BB 10. It turned out later that most of the apps were ported from other top platforms.
There were reports a few days earlier that said that Instagram would not be offering a native app for BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Whatsapp, on the other hand, is willing to join the BlackBerry 10 bandwagon. Whatsapp’s Neeraj Arora has tweeted that the app will be available on BlackBerry 10 by March of this year.
Even when BlackBerry 10 was launched, Whatsapp had hinted that it will be releasing a native app for BlackBerry’s new operating system and the company is now living up to its undertaking.
It is to be noted that Whatsapp is a substitute to the most popular BlackBerry Messenger App. BBM can function only between BlackBerry devices and it has nothing to do with what version of BlackBerry platform a phone is running on. In BB 10 devices, BBM will function on Wi-Fi also.
Whatsapp happens to be an immensely popular cross platform application that broke all records by exchanging a total of 10 billion messages in one day in August of 2012. The record took into account 4 billion inbound messages and 6 billion outbound messages. This app is currently available on dual-SIM Asha phones as well. The Whatsapp app meant for Symbian 40 platform is deeply embedded with the operating system.