BBM coming for Android on September 21st, Apple iPhone on September 22nd
posted by Alan F. / Sep 18, 2013, 3:37 PM
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.
This story is part of:BBM for Android and iOS (12 updates)
21 October BlackBerry releases BBM how-to videos for iOS and AndroidOk, you've gone ahead and downloaded BBM on your phone; now what? Thanks to a series of videos released today by BlackBerry, you will see step-by-step instructions on how to set-up and create a group, know when a message you've sent has been read, setting up a multi-person chat, how to set up a contacts list using PINs, how to share pictures, and more...
21 October BBM for Android and BBM for iOS now available from the App Store and Google Play StoreFor those who don't feel like going to BBM.com and registering your email address before getting the OK from BlackBerry to run BBM, the long awaited messaging app is now available from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store; those who only know of BlackBerry from reading about the company's problems, or from doing a quick once-over of a BlackBerry model at a phone store, will be surprised at how much thought the Canadian based OEM put in BBM in the first place...
21 October BBM for Android and BBM for iOS to be released todayAbout a month after the first attempt failed, BlackBerry is planning on trying once again to get BBM for iOS and BBM for Android available for users of those two platforms, on Monday, BlackBerry crowed about the 1.1 million Android users that installed an unreleased version of the app back in September. It was that unofficial version, along with a number of bogus BBM apps put up in the Google Play Store, that made BlackBerry's task too difficult to complete at the time... Meanwhile, more than 1 million Apple iPhone users have sideloaded BBM on their phone.
15 October BlackBerry CMO says BBM for Android and BBM for iOS is just days awayHere is some great news for Android and iOS owners who have been waiting for a few weeks for another shot at installing BlackBerry Messenger. BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben said on Monday that he expects BBM for iOS and BBM for Android to both be available "within days"; the social messaging application, which previously had been made available to BlackBerry users only, allows for group chats with as many as 30 people at one time...
3 October BBM beta testing starts again with new version of the appStop us if you've heard this before. BBM for Android is undergoing a beta test; actually, after the failed attempt to push out its fabled messaging service to Android users two weekends ago, the Canadian manufacturer is starting again with some changes. Those testing the app talk of a new 'Welcome screen' that explains app notifications and the constant notifications in the status bar can be disabled...
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..?
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 3:51 PM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 7:34 PM 2
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D you think there will be a charge for this app? If so, I see it being a flop / hugely underwhelming.....
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 3:53 PM 2
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As an Android user, it'll be nice to brag about it to iPhone users for one day!
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 4:06 PM 8
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They'll just counter that and say Infinity Blade III.
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 4:39 PM 2
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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 :) .
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 4:21 PM 6
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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.
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 4:42 PM 0
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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. :)
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 4:43 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 4:51 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 6:06 PM 0
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.
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 6:32 PM 0
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Nothing trying to be funny but why not just use an app like Voxer or whatsapp?
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 9:20 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 18, 2013, 10:53 PM 3
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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.
posted on Sep 19, 2013, 3:38 AM 0
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