Popular BBM-Rival App for BlackBerry Pulled from App World; Why Did RIM Kill Kik?
RIM and Kik have offered seemingly different reasons for why Kik Messenger for BlackBerry was removed from BlackBerry App World.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Research In Motion (RIM) has quietly removed a popular, cross-platform IM application, Kik Messenger for BlackBerry, from its BlackBerry App World mobile-software shop. Kik, the company that develops the app for BlackBerry, Android and iPhone also ceased offering downloads for BlackBerry smartphones on Friday, but the Kik messaging client is still available for Android and iPhone devices.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.