You read it right! The hugely popular messaging service of BlackBerry – Blakcberry Messenger (BBM) will be arriving on Android and iOS this summer as a free standalone app. And unlike the previous rumors, this time its official. The company’s messenger is going cross-platform as competition is heating up from a lot of other similar services like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, etc. It’s no secret that BBM was a popular service but it was staling off-late and BlackBerry is doing the right thing this time.
The Android app will run on devices with Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or above and iOS app will run on iOS 6 or above. Initially, users would be able to use multi-person chats, as well as have the ability to share photos and voice notes, and engage in BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people.
The company promises to deliver a fully featured BBM experience on both the operating systems. During the announcement of the news, CEO Thorsten Heins said,
It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience, no matter what mobile device they carry. We’re starting with messaging and groups, but we’ll bring voice, screen share, and of course, channels later on.
BBM has over 60 million active users. BlackBerry claims that almost 51 million people of the 60 million BlackBerry owners, use the service daily. These numbers will surely expand as Android & iOS users get joined in the network. But if BlackBerry truly needs to go cross-platform, they cannot ignore Windows Phone and Symbian devices.