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Developer(s)Nimbuzz B.V.
Initial release13 May 2008[1]
Stable releaseAndroid: 7.1.0
(10 March 2019; 3 months ago (2019-03-10)) [±][2]

iOS: 5.11.0
(1 February 2018; 16 months ago (2018-02-01)) [±][3]

BlackBerry OS: 4.0
(10 December 2013; 5 years ago (2013-12-10)) [±][4]

Windows Phone:
(16 April 2014; 5 years ago (2014-04-16)) [±][5]
Operating systemAndroid, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Windows Phone, Java ME, Windows, and Mac OS.
Available inEnglish, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Arabic and more.[6]
TypeInstant 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.[7] 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,[8] 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.[9] In 2014, Nimbuzz stated they were garnering more than 210,000 new registrations per day.[10]

Company history and background[edit]

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.[11] In May 2008, the company launched its combined Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) and instant messaging client.[1] In January 2009, the company was selected as one of 100 winners of the industry award "Red Herring Global 100" for 2008.[12][13]

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.[14][15][16] A fifth of Nimbuzz's users reside in India.[17] Additional offices are located in San Francisco, California; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Córdoba, Argentina where a software development team is located; and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[18] Revenue for the company comes from NimbuzzOut, sales on N-World, and from advertising inside the application.[19][20] The company also partners directly with some telecom operators.[21]

Features and functionality[edit]

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.[22][23][24] 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.[6]

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,[25] and there was a VoIP-to-PSTN (landline/cellular) service branded as "NimbuzzOut".[26] Nimbuzz can be set up with any valid SIP (VoIP) account.[27]

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.[28]

Nimbuzz had an in-app portal called N-World, with applications, gifts, games, avatars and other virtual goods for sale. N-World had its own currency called Nimbuckz[19][29][30]


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  22. ^ Butcher, Mike (15 March 2013). "Nimbuzz Hits 150M Emerging Market Users, Puts The Heat on Facebook in Asia". TechCrunch. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  23. ^ Kanal, Nishtha (16 March 2013). "Nimbuzz reaches 150 million worldwide user mark". Tech2. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  24. ^ "Nimbuzz Planning to Join Asia Chat App Wars". Tech in Asia. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  25. ^ "Alternative To Skype on the Mobile". Nimbuzz blog. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  26. ^ "NimbuzzOut". Nimbuzz. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  27. ^ "Nimbuzz SIP Settings for voip configuration". Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  28. ^ "Discontinuation of AOL, ICQ, MySpace, Hyves". Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  29. ^ "Nimbuzz Support". Nimbuzz. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  30. ^ "Exclusive: Nimbuzz Update Introduces N-World for Android". Tech 2. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2013.

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