The last time BlackBerry said that BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) was releasing on Android and iOS, it turned out to be a dud. Well, the wait’s finally over as the popular instant messenger cum social network is finally available for download on both the Play Store and the App Store.
Apparently the demand for BBM was so high that BlackBerry started a “line-up system” for a smoother rollout. What this means is that once you download the app to your phone, you will have to enter your email address to “hold a spot in line”. When you’re at the front, BlackBerry will email you so you can register to get a PIN, which is your unique ID for your BBM.
“If you are among the millions that took the time to sign up at BBM.com, you can start using BBM immediately without waiting in line,” the company added.
At the moment, BBM works a lot like WhatsApp, in the sense that you can have one PIN on one device only. So if you wanted to install BBM on your iPad and also see the messages on your Android phone, you’re out of luck!
BBM features chat, file sharing (photos and voice notes), and group chats where you can invite up to 30 people. Much like a social network, you can set a profile picture, personal message, status message and send out a broadcast message to all your contacts. Currently, BBM Video Calling and BBM Voice Calling are not supported for Android and iOS, but are planned to be integrated in future updates.
The rollout isn’t worldwide though. “Samsung customers in Sub-Sahara Africa can download BBM today from the Samsung Apps store. iPhone and other Android users in Africa will be able to download the app in three days’ time,” BlackBerry said.
Update: BlackBerry has said that there is no longer a waiting line to get your BBM fix, so just download and sign up to get your own PIN and chat with your friends!
— BBM (@BBM) October 26, 2013
Source: BlackBerry blog