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BBM for Android release date is today at 7am EDT, 12 noon EDT for iOS

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BBM for Android release date is today at 7am EDT, 12 noon EDT for iOS
After BlackBerry announced on Friday that it was writing down over $900 million in unsold BlackBerry Z10 handsets for the second quarter, giving up on the consumer business and laying off 40% of its workforce, the Canadian based OEM had one more order of business. It tweaked a bit the release day and time of its BlackBerry Messenger for Android, and announced an official launch time for the iOS version.

At 7am EDT (just a few hours from now), BBM for Android will appear in the Google Play Store, ready for the new BlackBerry era to begin. Five hours later, at noon EDT, the app will be ready for iOS users to download and install. Using an assigned PIN, users of the app will be able to send messages back and forth between other users of the app and BlackBerry users. Groups of as many as 30 will be able to communicate at once.

You will also be able to add a status page, and that is all for now. An update planned in the future will allow Android and iOS users to communicate by voice or video. And later on, the BBM Channels social network will be added. This is a feature that was added to BBM with the introduction of BlackBerry 10 earlier this year. Don't be fooled by phony versions of the app spelled incorrectly as Blackberry Messenger!

This appears to be the future of BlackBerry, creating software for other platforms. Let's see if the gang in Waterloo can kick off this new era on the right side.

source: DigitalTrends

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posted on 21 Sep 2013, 01:43 5

1. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


What is the exact name of the App in the Play Store? Whenever I searched BBM Plenty of Fake BBM Apps Appears.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 01:45 4

2. Commentator (Posts: 2328; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It launches at 7:00 EDT, you'll have to wait a few hours.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 01:46 1

3. MrWilli5 (Posts: 72; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


7am bro

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 01:51 4

4. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Damn play store. Full of fakes makes me confuse. Its a good thing i'm not downloading. Bunch of fake millions of fake apps.

Got to wait for it buddy. Or you'll catch a virus.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 01:53 1

5. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Damn play store. Full of fakes makes me confuse. Its a good thing i'm not downloading. Bunch of fake millions of fake apps.

Got to wait for it buddy. Or you'll catch a virus.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 08:05 1

80. medicci37 (Posts: 612; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Google play is a f*cking mess. Spelled it correctly but all I got were dozens of fake apps that should have never been allowed in the marketplace.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 08:43

86. AciMars (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


Search app built from "Blackberry Limited" developer

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 09:10

92. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


BBM is crap

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 11:34

139. nothingmuch (Posts: 157; Member since: 03 May 2013)


http://www.androidcentral.com/these-are-all-fake-bbm-apps-don-t-download-them

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 11:55

142. taikucing (unregistered)


sh*t, google play is full of fake apps, trojans & malwares

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 01:56

6. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


7AM EDT for android? So If I'm in an Asian Country?

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 03:24 1

15. SidDroid (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


4:30 pm in India! tell the country please!

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 05:07

20. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


4 pm in pakistan

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 10:38

127. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


5 PM in Bangladesh !!!

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 11:57

144. icywater22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


7PM in Manila, Philippines

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 01:59

7. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


And Blackberry doesnt even update BBM in their own phones.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 03:46

18. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


So what's your problem? We're having BBM on Android and iOS. So rejoice.. :)

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 02:02

8. FreakenSolom (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


Blackberry is going down ..... What a shame :/
I hope it Ain't a free app so the company can get on it's feet again ..... Not too expansive tho :)

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 02:03

9. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Blackberry= black whatsapp

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 02:12 2

10. FreakenSolom (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


That Ain't right -_-
BBM does a better work when it comes to encrypting data and stuff :)

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 02:29 2

12. FreakenSolom (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


That Ain't right -_-
BBM does a better work when it comes to encrypting data and stuff :)

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 02:20

11. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


blackberry have to push harder to be on top!
bcoz they r too late!
there are many messaging apps out there!
whatsapp, line, kakaotalk!
and they have fair amount of share!

some new features would be good!
which makes a diff b/w bbm and others!

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 03:08 12

13. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I'm sure Phonearena knows that there are people from other parts of the world that come here and read their articles, right? So please now and then try to use CET, CAT or even GMT when talking about time.

Thank you.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 03:14 1

14. harigrg33 (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 May 2013)


In middle-east its 2pm.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 03:25

16. SidDroid (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


Most of my freinds are still on 2.3.6 so it wont be a huge it just now!

posted on 22 Sep 2013, 00:10

154. meh33 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Sep 2013)


we cant get bbm ?
i am using 2.3.6 :(

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 03:34 5

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 1349; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Pa, please update your article with the time for different countries and regions

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 04:11

19. samzkrnd (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


6.00pm or 18.00pm indonesia time

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 05:12

21. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


i love blackberry messenger I was only 3 month user of blackberry then i sold my bold 9930 I have been useing watsapp viber but they R useless in my country U send some one a msg and the onther person signs in after 3 days and replys U whats the point of that I loved bbm and use it daily like facebook messenger always on when haveing a wifi connected here in pakistab internet for mobile users is expensive and even not much 50 us dollors for 2gb month thats nating

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:17

36. deogan (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


Damn in my country 5gb costs a bit less than 20 USD and people complain its too expensive

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 05:53

22. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


8 mins to go

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 05:59 1

23. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


1 min to go

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 05:59

24. KashAli (Posts: 105; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


1 minute!!!

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:01

25. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


times up its 7am EDT

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:01

26. SidDroid (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


Link please!

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:01

27. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I cant w8. 5 more hours for me

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 11:02

133. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


And there is no BBM on App Store. Though I downloaded this BBM on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and I invited my friends on BBM and I'm able to chat with them. Where is BBM on App Store

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:04

28. harigrg33 (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 May 2013)


Its time.... but where is the bbm..? I cant find it in playstore.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:07 2

29. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I wonder how will ppl know the real BBM on Play Store. Just went to my Samsung Galaxy Tab's and there are a lot of Fake BBMs

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:08

30. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


same not in play store

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:10

31. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


first where is bbm is it uploading or what

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:13 4

32. harigrg33 (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 May 2013)


May be It's getting launched in 2014/09/21

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:14

33. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


LOL, maybe hay

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:15

34. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


lets wait for 1 hour and see may be they having same uploading issues

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:19

37. dickwyn (Posts: 585; Member since: 07 May 2012)


found ithttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=x.bbm.ma12

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:20

40. immolation (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


fake im afraid

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:21

43. dickwyn (Posts: 585; Member since: 07 May 2012)


oops sorry didn't see properly

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:40

50. sepehrbeckham (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


Geniune Developer : BlackBerry Limited

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:16

35. m_smart_guy (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


or we R fooled once more wait wait for new launch date

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:19

38. immolation (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


still nothing but fakes in UK GMT, Store should have launched at 12pm?

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:36

47. sepehrbeckham (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


yes,12 PM in UK.
But I can't find it :|

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:19

39. mottykels (Posts: 366; Member since: 15 May 2013)


wtf! where is it?

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:20

41. harigrg33 (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 May 2013)


Time to take a short nap now, hope till thn it will get official... guys if u happen to download before me thn do review in comment box :D

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:20

42. immolation (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


They cant do this!, its been published tooo much to let us down surely

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:22 1

44. immolation (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


any of the store links at present are fake in UK, (Blackberry inc), best we to check is look at the "Email developer" link and you will see it is to someone random

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:39

48. sepehrbeckham (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


I think the Geniune Developer is BlackBerry Limited.
they have three apps now : BES10 Client and Work Space Manager for BES10 and Secure Work Space for BES10

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:28

45. immolation (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


Has anyone found a link in any European stores? just wondered if the launch was delayed across google, but saying that I checked bbm.com and it still hasn't changed yet?.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:33 1

46. bob779 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


Where the eff is this man? It should have been out half an hour ago! This was the reason I left blackberry! They just can't do anything right!

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:39

49. KashAli (Posts: 105; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


C'mon !!!

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:40

51. btrule82 (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


where the f••k is it ?

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