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BlackBerry Messenger to hit Android and iOS June 27th (or not)

BlackBerry Messenger to hit Android and iOS June 27th (or not)
We've known for a bit now that BlackBerry Messenger is going cross-platform and will release and app for Android and iOS, but so far, we've only known that it would be coming "this summer". Now, word out of T-Mobile UK is giving the exact release date when you can expect to see BBM: June 27th.

The release will be available on smartphones only, and you'll need to be running Android 4.0 or higher, or iOS 6 or higher. 

One note though, it looks like T-Mobile UK wasn't supposed to give out the info that it did, because the original tweet has been deleted. The tweet simply said, "Great news - BlackBerry Messenger will be available to download on iOS and Android from June 27th! :)" So, we'll have to wait for confirmation on this. 

*Update* BlackBerry has denied the leak. A spokesman for the company has released this statement:
On 14 May, BlackBerry announced plans to make its ground-breaking mobile social network, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), available to iOS and Android users this summer, subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play. While there have been reports that BBM will be available to iOS and Android on June 27, this is not accurate. We will communicate an update as soon as we have an availability date to share.

source: @T-Mobile UK (deleted) via The Verge & The Next Web

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posted on 06 Jun 2013, 11:52 7

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


BBM on my iPhone, im gonna try it out

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 12:26 1

7. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iMessage is already on the iPhone.

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 14:01 2

12. buccob (Posts: 1046; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


thats nice... but since the majority of the world (including myself) uses Android... iMessage is only good for about 25% of my contact list... the rest of us uses:

Whatsapp rules... (even though its a bit crappy on iOS)

then there is Hangouts (gTalk was better)

and then Viber is getting tracktion...

all of those are multi-platform
nice to have another option though

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 14:17 5

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Problem is imessage is not a cross platform service

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 19:45 1

16. jroc74 (Posts: 3977; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Dont bother trying to introduce logic to that guy....

You made an excellent point.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 02:43

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


Not everyone whos in my life, uses an iphone. Only a fraction of my friends n family have itoys like me, most of them uses BlackBerry (by d way im frm South Africa, wher most ppl prefer BB bcos u save on data charges, data is still very very expensive here), so i hardly use iMessage

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 11:59 3

2. msa1988 (Posts: 407; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


BBM is going to hit all platforms before Viber hits BB10. RIP Viber, we're all going elsewhere.

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 12:12 2

4. aco96 (Posts: 168; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I won't be alive when calling feature on Viber hits Symbian xD

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 12:18 3

6. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


My deepest sympathy to those who thought BBM is a exclusive privilgage only to Blackberry users.

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 12:58 1

8. cfprelude (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


anyone know if bbm can send video files and pics better than android native app? similar to how imessage reduces resolution/file size automatically....? this would be huge now that it will be a crossfunctional application!!!

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 13:23 1

9. ideal_josh (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


I recently stopped using a Blackberry and yes it reduces pictures, to a bit toooo low on quality to like 25kb. and videos do no reduce quality or convert. plus u can also send songs. And You cannot send a file more than 10mb or so. Hope I helped

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 21:08

17. x78_nothing (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


with BB10 (Z10/Q10) you can tap HQ icon request for High Quality so it doesn't reduces the quality

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 22:03

19. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


So it kind of sucks when compared to WhatsApp?

heh, that was kind of unexpected.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 21:24

22. x78_nothing (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


i rarely use WA on my Z10, less secure and no screen share feature, no channel..

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 13:36 5

10. rawbow (Posts: 405; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i'll pass, whats app rules

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 13:41 2

11. Hashimz (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Is this some kind of a sick joke!BBM..no way.we are satisfied with what we have.both iOS and android.

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 19:28

15. eman99 (Posts: 192; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


I would definitely get it

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 21:11

18. x78_nothing (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


around 36% of android users still stuck on GB, only 27% on JB. BBM only works on Android 4.0/1 or above or IOS 6 or above.

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 22:06

20. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


You forgot ICS user who also get to use this.
Not that it matters much, most other messaging alternatives run on GB just fine, so I doubt Android users will be missing out anything of great importance.

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 15:02

23. tjourney2006 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Don't put that garbage on my phone. blackberry blows

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