6 Jul 2013



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Developer(s) Nimbuzz B.V.
Initial release 13 May 2008
Stable release Android
Blackberry OS
Windows Phone 
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
Licence Proprietary
Website www.nimbuzz.com/en/
Nimbuzz is a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging aggregator for smartphones, tablets and personal computers developed by Nimbuzz B.V.. Nimbuzz has 150 million users in 200 countries.

Company history and background

Originally based in the Netherlands, Nimbuzz was founded in 2006 by Evert Jaap Lugt and Martin Smink. In the first round of funding the company received US$10 million on 19 May 2007, from various investors.In a second round of funding Nimbuzz received an additional US$15 million.
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.
In 2012 Nimbuzz moved its headquarters from Rotterdam to New Delhi, India to be closer to the expected mobile Internet boom happening there in the next five years. Nimbuzz appointed a new CEO as part of the move. 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 is available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Windows Phone and Java ME mobile operating systems. It is 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 can send XMPP based instant messages, images, and share their location. Group chat is supported. Voice-over-Internet Protocol and Video chat between most Nimbuzz clients is supported,including VoIP to landline and cellular phones branded as NimbuzzOut. Nimbuzz can be set up with any valid SIP (VoIP) account.
Nimbuzz supports interaction with popular messaging services such as Twitter, Facebook Chat, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk.
Nimbuzz has an in-app portal called N-World, with applications, gifts, games, avatars and other virtual goods for sale. N-World has its own currency called Nimbuckz.



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