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BlackBerry Goes After Twilio With Messaging App Developer Kit

  • Company markets software as it seeks new sources of revenue
  • Twilio, Bandwidth and Nexmo already offer these services

BlackBerry Ltd. is opening up some of its secure messaging and file sharing technology for developers to use in building apps, creating a new revenue stream for the company as it works to boost sales.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the software development kit it’s releasing this month will include tools for building chat apps, video and voice calling, secure file sharing and sending out push notifications to mobile phones. BlackBerry joins a crew of companies already offering similar services including Twilio Inc., Inc., Nexmo Inc. and Plivo.