I’m always shocked to hear how behind the times the number one messaging app really is.
WhatsApp is bringing a whole new functionality to it’s users. Something which it’s users seem quite excited about. Something which is definitely convenient and a great update. Of course, it’s something which BBM users have had for over three years.
WhatsApp users will soon be able to share their real time location data with contacts. This live location sharing is shockingly new to WhatsApp. That’s right, the Facebook owned chat app, is just now getting live location sharing. BBM users such as myself that do not use WhatsApp will most assuredly be shocked that the number one chat app by user base is just now getting this functionality. This shock comes because we’ve had this ability since 2014 when BlackBerry integrated Glympse into BBM.
WhatsApp’s location sharing gives the user the ability to share their location with another user or group chat for three pre-determined time frames. The three time frames are 15 minutes, 1 hour, or 8 hours. Beyond that, it is exactly what you would expect. A person’s location on a map shown in real time for the time period.
How does this compare with Glympse on BBM? On Glympse on BBM a user has the ability to share their location with another user or group chat (but not BBM Group) for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, or 4 hours. Beyond that, it is exactly what you would expect. A person’s location on a map shown in real time for the time period.
Once again, WhatsApp is playing catch-up to BBM. Sadly, even though they are way behind BBM in bringing the functionality to the market, they are also bringing a functionality that has less options when compared to BBM.
BBM for the win.