BlackBerry Messenger—Coming to Android and iPhone

BlackBerry Messenger | Official Website

BlackBerry Messenger | Official Website

Despite rumors of possible buyout, BlackBerry announced last Wednesday that they will be rolling out their BlackBerry Messenger to Android and iPhone users in the coming days.

The company’s instant messaging service is seeing growth in Europe and Asia recently. It has 60 million active users, who send and receive over 10 billion messages per day. BlackBerry added that messages were read within seconds—an indication of how engaged BBM users are. BlackBerry’s Executive Vice President for BBM, Andrew Bocking, added:

With more than a billion Android, iOS and BlackBerry smartphones in the market, and no dominant messaging platform, this is absolutely the right time to bring BBM to Android and iPhone customers.

Other BBM Features

Aside from text chat, BBM users can share files such as photos and voice notes. It also enables them to know when a message has been delivered, read, and when a friend is responding.

There’s also the group chat that allows up to 30 users to join and share files. A Broadcast Message function is also available, letting them send out a message to all of their BBM friends at the same time.

What Lies Ahead for BlackBerry

Following the BlackBerry Messenger, the company is also planning to roll out their BBM Video and BBM Voice Calling for Android and iPhone. However, its official release date is yet to be announced.

It is also expected that BlackBerry will release their BBM Channels later this year. This function will allow conversations between a user and community. Communities can be organized according to common interests, brands, celebrities, and many others.

BBM will be available as free download on Google Play for smartphones running Android 4 and later on Saturday. On the other hand, iPhones with iOS 6 or iOS 7 can have the service via App Store the following day. As for Windows Phone users, BBM isn’t available for the platform yet, and there were no indications either as to whether it would occur or not.

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