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May 14 2013   3:32PM GMT

BBM jumps to iOS and Android! Release Date?

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Update 04/06/13

Release date rumored to be June 27th. Blackberry denies it, but T-Mobile tweeted it, so even though they deny it, it could very well be the date! You know how it goes.

On May 14th, BlackBerry announced plans to make its ground-breaking mobile social network, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), available to iOS and Android users this summer, subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play. While there have been reports that BBM will be available to iOS and Android on June 27th, this is not accurate. We will communicate an update as soon as we have an availability date to share. via a statement released by Blackberry

Good on you Blackberry for bringing more news on BBM, no better way to spread the word than passing rumors. Everyone I have spoken to says they want BBM, this makes me happy.

Update 03/21/13

Confirmed features list on release, but still no release date…

In the first version of multi-platform BBM, iOS and Android users are expected to be able to experience the following BBM features:

  • The immediacy of BBM chats
  • Multi-person chats
  • Voice note sharing
  • BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more

Some BBM Quick facts you may not know.

  • More than 60 million monthly active users
  • More than 51 million daily active users who are connecting with friends or colleagues an average of one and a half hours every day.
  • BBM users send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps
  • Almost half of BBM messages are read within 20 seconds of being received; indicating how truly engaged BBM customers are

They said pending Google Play and Apple Store acceptance we will be able to download BBM onto our devices… I can’t see Google or Apple blocking BBM from their app stores, but we have seen worse…

Original Post

BBM iOS Android

This has been long overdue, but BBM will finally be available to iOS and Android users this summer, not sure of the actual release date but it should  be in the next couple months.

Initial released will only support chats and group chats, with added features on each release after that. BBM Voice and Video chat is said to be introduced later this year.

It has been a while since I have been on BBM and I cannot wait to get back to it!

It’s clear BlackBerry is finally waking up. They are no longer the big dog in the mobile war. If they are to survive, the company needs to forge new relationships and learn to work well with the two reigning platforms. This move to put BBM on Android and iOS is a big step forward. BlackBerry might actually have a chance. via

Stay tuned for more information as it’s released! What are your thoughts? Is this the right move for Blackberry? I think so.

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