BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) got off to a rocky start on iPhone and Android when it was surprisingly launched (and then pulled) in September, but the free app is finally here for real and ready to connect the world’s most popular mobile operating systems with the remaining 60 million active users of BlackBerry smartphones. It’s a mostly capable messaging app, but it’s so tardy to the cross-platform messaging party that it faces an uphill battle due to strong competition.
Google+ is a hit-or-miss proposition for many socially connected folks, so the company’s first Hangouts attempt — originally part of the Google+ app — passed by largely unnoticed. Now available as a standalone app, Hangouts appears hell-bent on reinventing the messaging wheel, but winds up leaving too many spokes off to make this a smooth ride.
You know the routine--you come home from a long day at work, plop yourself down in front of the computer and start chatting away with your friends about your hard day at the office. Before you know it, you've got three empty plates in front of you of food half eaten and a night's worth of catch up work still waiting to be started. It's not the most ideal situations, but it happens. Chatting--it's what's for dinner.