BBM coming for Android on September 21st, Apple iPhone on September 22nd
BlackBerry Chat enables real time conversations among BlackBerry, Android and iOS users. You will be able to see if your message has been delivered and read, and you will be able to tell if the person you are conversing with is responding to your message. You can also share photos and voice files. And with BBM, groups of up to 30 can communicate at one time. You can even share pictures and schedules.
With BBM, users can post a profile and a picture and users can instantly receive your status update. And right now there are 60 million BlackBerry members alone, averaging 90 minutes of use daily. More than 10 billion messages are sent and received each day, twice as many as are sent and received through other mobile messaging apps.
BlackBerry's announcement did not say anything about an alleged 3 month exclusivity period that Samsung's Android devices were rumored to be receiving.
21 October BlackBerry releases BBM how-to videos for iOS and Android
21 October BBM for Android and BBM for iOS now available from the App Store and Google Play Store
21 October BBM for Android and BBM for iOS to be released today
15 October BlackBerry CMO says BBM for Android and BBM for iOS is just days away
3 October BBM beta testing starts again with new version of the app
1. amats69 (Posts: 1008; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
ok ill try it to my HTC one...and I hope it is also compatible to my iPad..
2. Sauce (unregistered)
Just realized that out of all 112 contacts in my phone, not one of them has a BB. Unless BBM itself has a very nice interface and is a great messaging program, I don't see -enough- people (because the point would be to chat BBM to BBM) going out of their way to download BBM to use it for everyday use. Might be a flop? Who knows..?
19. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
I personally think it's a great move. BBM on an actual BB handset is far superior in terms of usability than the next most popular app, Whatsapp. It's something you have to use to actually appreciate. I'm curious to know what the app might be like on other platforms. Hope a windows phone version comes soon too.
27. Sauce (unregistered)
3. DRAPicard (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Nov 2011)
D you think there will be a charge for this app? If so, I see it being a flop / hugely underwhelming.....
5. MirOsamahAli (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
They announced its going to be free of charge on their event when they first said they would be rolling it for Android and iOS.
4. Commentator (Posts: 2327; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
As an Android user, it'll be nice to brag about it to iPhone users for one day!
7. Ninetysix (Posts: 1465; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
They'll just counter that and say Infinity Blade III.
18. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I'll counter that and say Ingress :3 oh also Google wallet NFC payment ;)
6. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
Why do the people at Blackberry move at snail pace?
I feel like pulling out my whip and saying to all the managment team at Blackberry "getty up getty up" while I am thrusting my whip at their rears :)
8. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
For people living in South Africa, this is good, bcos "everyone" is on BBM (BlackBerry was voted the coolest Brand by the young South Africans, bcos data is very expensive, BB comes with BIS which makes it affordable), now Android and iOS users will now join the majority.
12. Sauce (unregistered)
24. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Won't this put a fork in BB? If being cool and having BBM was a main feature, why not still use BBM on a significantly better phone?
10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 798; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Awesome, cant wait :) don't have to worry about if a person has WhatsApp or not.
This may kill WhatsApp down here in South Africa, as many here own BBs, so BBM coming to us Android and iOS users means we'll switch over. Also, with BBM, there's no need to give away your number so many will love that bit of security in it. :)
11. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Yeap. I'm always like "No, sorry, I use an iPhone I dont use BlackBerry" and one thing i'm looking forward to is that I will have to give ppl my PIN, unlike WhatsApp where anyone who has my number can text me.
13. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Yeah, I really hope that Samsung doesn't have a 3-month exclusivity to BBM. Really want to try it out on my Nexus 4.
15. Fuego84 (Posts: 263; Member since: 13 May 2012)
I remember when facebook would let you know that the other person was typing a reply. What happen to that feature. Now facebook only notifies you that the message has been sent and read by a check mark. I know this article has nothing to do with Facebook but this feature might have been removed because of patent issues with BBM. But I'm just speculating here.
17. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Um I think that feature is still there the last time I checked, which was last night. After I send the message to a friend, it would show the check mark when they have read the message, but will say "typing" whenever they're replying.
16. fuzzkage (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)
I honestly been waiting for this .. i think im the only one who truly love blackberry but wont convert due to the lack of apps
21. AppleGod (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
Nothing trying to be funny but why not just use an app like Voxer or whatsapp?
22. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
Try BBM. Get some of your friends on it and use it for a week and you will likely discover the answer for your question.
26. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
im more excited of the BBM release. than the ios7 update!....ios7 looks awful, to bright, to white and lacks refinement. ... but BBM ....im sure will love it! and it will look cool.,,, cant wait to use it cross platform.
28. jlever (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)
Has anyone got BBM for their iPod or iPhone yet? From the uk