BlackBerry's BBM Coming to Android and iOS Soon

I just heard a good news for those Blackberry Messenger or BBM users that the Canadian smartphone company just announced at the Blackberry Live event held in Florida USA that its popular messaging service called the BBM is coming to Android and iOS devices this coming summer time in the US which would be around June or July.

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This absolutely means that BBM will no longer be limited or exclusive to BlackBerry devices and will soon be available to a wider user base which are Google's Android and Apple's iOS-powered smartphones and tablets. Once this BBM app version is released by Blackberry, it will officially be competing directly with the current and dominating messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and even Facebook Messenger that available on multiple platforms. 

Every tech and business analyst said that it is a very good move by Blackberry making the BBM app usuable for non-Blackberry devices but it is a little bit late move. They said that BBM should have been made available to other platforms years ago, before other mentioned apps above have made their way to this messaging space. 

"For BlackBerry, messaging and collaboration are inseparable from the mobile experience, and the time is definitely right for BBM to become a multi-platform mobile service. BBM has always been one of the most engaging services for BlackBerry's customers, enabling them to easily connect while maintaining a valued level of personal privacy. We're excited to offer iOS and Android users the capability to join the BBM community," said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem at BlackBerry.

"It's time to bring BBM to a greater audience," CEO Thorstein Heins said in announcing the expansion.

BlackBerry also cites that the BBM service has currently 60 million monthly active users. Additionally, BBM will be a free app when released and will initially expected to have the following features as per blog post on their website. 

- BBM Chats
- Multi-person chats
- Voice note sharing
- BlackBerry Groups with calendar, photos and other files sharing 

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and iOS 6 or higher versions will be supported by BBM. 

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a good move. Blackberry messenger is a platform that can be used on different types of phones, after a few adjustments.

    I think that this system is one of the things that has helped to make Blackberry so popular. The brand is known for the voice messaging and text messaging capabilities that are available to users who are subscribers on most plans.

    I only wonder about how this will impact its competition.