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It’s Official: BlackBerry Messenger Is Coming To Android And iOS This Weekend

Mihir Patkar 20-09-2013

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The Android version will hit the Play Store for smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean on Saturday, September 21, at 7PM EDT. The Android app will be free and it’s unclear whether it will work on tablets.

The iOS version will hit the App Store for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 from 12:01 am local time in each market on Sunday, September 22. BlackBerry hasn’t said whether this will be free, nor has it confirmed whether it works on other iOS devices.

BlackBerry claims that the BBM platform currently has 60 million users, the majority of which use it for an average of 90 minutes per day, collectively sending and receiving more than 10 billion messages.


As with BlackBerry phones, BBM for Android and iOS will require a unique PIN that you can share with friends to add them to your network. It 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.

Later this year, the company will also roll out BBM Channels, a platform of real-time forums for people, brands, celebrities, artists, service providers, communities and more.

Will you be getting BBM for your Android or iPhone? What are the features that draw you to it? Will it make you switch from IM solutions like WhatsApp Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed A moment of introspection, please: What do you do more often - call people using your phone, or text them? I would bet it's the latter. For many people, texting is more convenient than calling.... Read More or are you happy to ignore it?

Source: Blackberry

Related topics: BlackBerry, Instant Messaging.

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  1. Chris H
    September 23, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Aaaand... it hasn't been released yet. BlackBerry is such a sad joke.

    • Rich
      October 1, 2013 at 6:39 am

      Has it been released yet? What is it called?

      I live overseas, blackberry is still very relevant here, it is my primary phone. Iphone is my secondary phone.

  2. Anoop
    September 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    blackberry has got strong hardware, why dont they introduce android

  3. ary401
    September 21, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Hey guys, before blackberry launch the bbm for android even the newspaper display the news on their every front pages. I think that's the point. Bbm is get our attention so much before it even launch several months ago. Can you imagine how much people would download it when it's finally release on app store and play store? It means they got everyone attention even only talk in the forum like this. We made them success incidentally even only by talk about it.

  4. Suvadeep P
    September 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    That's gonna help BBM user communicate with cross-platform devices..But now a days Anroid is dominating the market and there are so many apps available free for communication. Also Apple is catching press fast and iphone 5S is destroying so many records...Blackberry needs to think something different...

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      True, Suvadeep, I agree with every point. I think this is BB thinking of something different that was doable in the short term. If they can take some market in the IM game, it might still keep them relevant.

  5. Jim Newtron
    September 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thank heavens! Now my Z10 will have someone to talk to:-)

    • andrian
      September 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      bbm is just stupid their going to lose so much money and no one will buy blackberries anymore?

  6. Nick C
    September 20, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Who the hell uses blackberry AKA (Crackberry). Apple and Android blew it away and no one uses blackberry anymore.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      I think that's the point, Nick. They are losing customers in the hardware market, so they're looking for a way into the Apple and Android's segments with their core software. It might work, don't you think?

    • Nick C
      September 21, 2013 at 2:38 am

      I don't think so because Blackberry can't compete with Imessage and Android