Location + messaging — Glympse now integrated into BBM
SEATTLE — February 13, 2014 — Today Glympse®, the groundbreaking time-based location sharing service, announces it has teamed up with BlackBerry® to integrate timed location sharing directly into BBM™, a leading mobile messaging platform.
This integration will allow BBM users to share their movements, in real-time, directly with chosen BBM Contacts. Users can access Glympse from the sharing menu, instantly answering the question of “where are you?” with a dynamic map that updates in real-time with the sender’s movements. There is no need to open a separate app or interrupt the conversation flow, and users benefit from a simple, easy way to share their location with friends.
Glympse is a perfect fit for the BBM platform with its focus on immediacy and sharing. As Glympse allows people to choose how long to share their location — up to four hours — the service aligns well with the control and privacy that BBM offers. Users can add more time to their Glympse or stop sharing their location at any point, and this applies to one-on-one chat or larger group conversations. Any member of the group can automatically add themselves to the map.
“People are looking for their messaging platforms to go above and beyond. By incorporating location directly into the conversation, we are providing millions of users with powerful technology right at their fingertips,” said James Stanton, Partner Product Manager, Glympse. “The relationship between BBM and Glympse is ideal to bring customers more features that stay true to the experience they expect. We’re excited to work with the BBM team to usher in a new generation of messaging.”
“BBM continues to grow in popularity and we are focused on providing our users the best, most full-featured mobile messaging and sharing experience in the market. Our partnership with Glympse will help us take the BBM experience a step further by adding live location sharing and making the experiences our users share on BBM more dynamic than ever,” said Sean Hungerford, Director, BBM Product Management at BlackBerry. “We are thrilled to be the one of the first mobile messaging partners for Glympse in this space and to provide this innovative integrated service to the BBM community.”
BBM is available for BlackBerry, iPhone™ and Android™ devices from BlackBerry® World, the App Store and Google® Play. For more information on how to download the standalone Glympse application, visit http://glympse.com.
Glympse® is the pioneer of person-to-person location sharing in real-time, for a set amount of time. With an intuitive design and enhanced features, such as Glympse Groups, the company easily integrates location sharing into everyday activities, meetings and events. Glympse has partnered with several top-tier companies, including Verizon, Samsung, Mercedes, BMW, Gogo, Garmin, NAVIGON, and Ford, who have integrated the Glympse brand and enterprise platform into their products and applications. The company is backed by Menlo Ventures and Ignition Partners.