In 2010, free instant messaging app Kik Messenger launched on RIM's BlackBerry platform. Gathering a million users in just two weeks, it was instant success—and instantly seen as a direct competitor to BBM, a vital organ to RIM's mobile platform.
Soon after, RIM ceased push support of Kik, launched a lawsuit against CEO Ted Livingston, and later pulled the app completely from what was then called App World. Kik then appeared on the iOS, Android, and WP7, but it was only a ghost to RIM users.
Now BlackBerry has finally settled its lawsuit against the fellow Waterloo-based company, which was started by one of BlackBerry's former co-op students. The settlement, which was reached last month, ends all legal action between them. However, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The lawsuit was for patent infringement.
Today, Kik has 90 million users across all platforms—30 million more than BBM for BlackBerry. The smartphone maker this year finally relented and decided to offer BBM on iOS and Android, only to have its launch fail miserably.
Meanwhile, BlackBerry faces a new lawsuit of its own.