Canadian manufacturer BlackBerry has officially confirmed that it’s bringing ultra-popular messaging service BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) to both iOS and Android, but the question remains: When?
Time was we thought it might be June 27 (obviously that didn’t happen), and now we’re told – vaguely – that it’ll be before the end of September.
That’s the story according to India’s IBN Live, which quotes words from the mouth of Sunil Lalvani, BlackBerry India’s managing director.
"The service is coming to Android this summer,” reiterates Sunil. “But summer as per North America, where it remains till September."
Asked to clarify if BBM for Android would be available before the end of September, IBN Live says Sunil’s response was “in the affirmative”.
There’s no specific word on the iOS BBM release date, but we imagine it’ll touch down around the same time, if not simultaneously.
Cynics argue that bringing BBM to Android and iOS only gives users one less reason to buy a BlackBerry phone, but BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear purred reassuringly: "We don't feel like that is a risk. Obviously, if we did, we might have acted differently."
BBM will have its work cut out going head-to-head with multi-platform IM sensation Whatsapp, though there have been murmurs that BBM might come preloaded on some Android devices, which would be a potentially delicious coup.