BBM coming to iOS and Android in the Summer

BBM coming to iOS and Android in the SummerBlackBerry has announced that its BBM messaging service is going cross-platform, and will be heading to iOS and Android as a standalone app in the Summer.

The BBM app will support Apple devices running iOS 6 and newer, while Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be the dividing line for Android users.

BlackBerry says iOS and Android users will get much of the same features and functions found in the native version of BBM, including groups functionality, voice features and screen sharing.

At present BBM has 60 million users, and it says 10bn messages are sent every day. The company will no doubt be hoping those numbers jump, and that BBM's wider reputation will give it the edge over rival services already on offer.

BlackBerry also introduced BBM Channels today, a Facebook Pages-style addition to its chat service that will allow brands and individuals to create their own channels. When a channel is updated with new content, users who follow that Channel will receive a notification.

At present, Channels is in beta, but will launch in full over the Summer, potentially in conjunction with the rollout of the Android and iOS BBM apps.


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Rubisco  May. 15, 2013 at 05:44

A necessary step judging by all the Facebook statuses I've seen in the past few months declaring a move from BBM to Whatsapp.

Should prevent the exodus reaching critical mass, stem it to a trickle and give them time to reposition themselves in the market.

Stelph  May. 15, 2013 at 09:39

Assuming its subscription free on other networks and has the same functionality as WhatsApp I could see this taking over from WhatsApp simply because the name is so well known.

I wonder what this announcement has done to Whatsapps shareprice?

prscullion  May. 15, 2013 at 15:57

Are you sure those numbers are correct? 10bn messages from 60m users would mean that every one of them sends 166 messages every day. Given that probably only half of those 60m users are regular users this would make it more like 300 messages a day per active user.


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