|Initial release||13 May 2008|
|Stable release||Android: 7.1.0|
(10 March 2019 ) [±]
(16 April 2014 ) [±]
|Operating system||Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Windows Phone, Java ME, Windows, and Mac OS.|
|Available in||English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Arabic and more.|
|Type||Instant Messaging Client & VoIP|
Nimbuzz was a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging aggregator for smartphones, tablets and personal computers developed by MSM Global Holdings Limited. Nimbuzz had 150 million users in 200 countries. Nimbuzz was removed from Google Play store in April 2019. Service disruptions such as login and sign up issues were prelavent since Mara Group acquired Nimbuzz. Under CEO Anubhav Nagar's leadership, Nimbuzz application used to enable users to enjoy free calls, instant messaging, social-network games, file sharing, and social networking on their mobile device. In addition; Nimbuzz used to offer discounted calling rates to most countries in the world. In 2014, Nimbuzz stated they were garnering more than 210,000 new registrations per day.
Company history and background
MSM Global Holdings Limited acquired Nimbuzz on 9 March 2017.
Mara is a young and dynamic pan-African investment group with operations in the following sectors: banking, real estate, infrastructure, and technology. Mara’s first company was founded by Ashish J. Thakkar in 1996. Ashish began his entrepreneurial career in business at the age of 15 by borrowing a small loan to set up an IT company in Uganda. Within a year, he transitioned from a high school student to a full-time entrepreneur. Mara’s growth has been driven by selectively partnering with multinationals and individuals with subject expertise dedicated to expanding in Africa– thus combining global best practise with Mara’s local knowledge and operational expertise.
Mara Social media: a diversified internet and mobile company focused on emerging markets. Mara Social Media has a suite of social media platforms that include jobs, chat and mentor.
Nimbuzz entered the VoIP market in January 2007. In May 2008, the company launched its combined Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) and instant messaging client. In January 2009, the company was selected as one of 100 winners of the industry award "Red Herring Global 100" for 2008.
MSM Global Holdings Limited headquartered in Dubai and has Technology team in India.
India to be closer to the expected mobile Internet boom happening there in the next five years. A fifth of Nimbuzz's users reside in India. Additional offices are located in San Francisco, California; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Córdoba, Argentina where a software development team is located; and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Revenue for the company comes from NimbuzzOut, sales on N-World, and from advertising inside the application. The company also partners directly with some telecom operators.
Features and functionality
Nimbuzz was available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Windows Phone and Java ME mobile operating systems. It was one of the few IM apps available for Java-based phones, and they account for 25% of Nimbuzz users. For non-natively supported devices, a WAP interface is available. For desktop computers, clients are available for both Windows and Mac OS X. It is available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi and Arabic.
Nimbuzz users could send XMPP based instant messages, images, and share their location. Group chat was also supported. Voice-over-Internet Protocol calls between most Nimbuzz clients was supported, and there was a VoIP-to-PSTN (landline/cellular) service branded as "NimbuzzOut". Nimbuzz can be set up with any valid SIP (VoIP) account.
Nimbuzz supported interaction with popular messaging services such as Twitter, Facebook Chat and Google Talk. In February 2012, Nimbuzz announced the discontinuation of support for ICQ, AIM, Myspace and Hyves because the general lack of usage of these chat services.
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