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BBM coming for Android on September 21st, Apple iPhone on September 22nd

BBM coming for Android on September 21st, Apple iPhone on September 22nd
No more guessing, the official dates when BlackBerry will be rolling out BBM for both Android and iOS have been announced directly from the Canadian manufacturer. The update for Android will launch on September 21st while the update for iOS will start rolling out the very next day. The service, formerly exclusive to BlackBerry users, includes a number of social networking functions.

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.

"BBM is a very engaging messaging service that is simple to use, easy to personalize and has an immediacy that is necessary for mobile communications. With more than a billion Android, iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones in the market, and no dominant mobile instant messaging platform, this is absolutely the right time to bring BBM to Android and iPhone customers."-Andrew Bocking, Executive VP for BBM, BlackBerry

source: BlackBerry

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posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:40

1. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

ok ill try it to my HTC one...and I hope it is also compatible to my iPad..

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:51 1

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..?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 19:34 2

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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 20:11 1

20. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

i hope so too,

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 07:15 1

27. Sauce (unregistered)

Well said

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:53 2

3. DRAPicard (Posts: 27; 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.....

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:13

5. MirOsamahAli (Posts: 25; 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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:06 8

4. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

As an Android user, it'll be nice to brag about it to iPhone users for one day!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:39 2

7. Ninetysix (Posts: 2671; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

They'll just counter that and say Infinity Blade III.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:33 3

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I'll counter that and say Ingress :3 oh also Google wallet NFC payment ;)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:21 6

6. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; 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 :)


posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:42

8. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; 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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:59

12. Sauce (unregistered)

Very nice

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 03:25 1

24. msa1988 (Posts: 418; 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?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:43

10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; 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. :)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:51

11. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; 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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 17:04 1

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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:05

14. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

Man no video chat support?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:06

15. Fuego84 (Posts: 352; 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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:32

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.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 03:25

25. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Definitely still there...

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:30 1

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

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 21:20

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?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:53 3

22. axllebeer (Posts: 271; 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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:59 2

23. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

hahahaha +1

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 03:38

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 18:45

28. jlever (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)

Has anyone got BBM for their iPod or iPhone yet? From the uk

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