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

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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156 Comments

1. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

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

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

3. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

7am bro

4. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

5. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

80. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

86. AciMars

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

Search app built from "Blackberry Limited" developer

92. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

BBM is crap

139. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

142. taikucing unregistered

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

6. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

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

15. SidDroid

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

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

20. m_smart_guy

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

4 pm in pakistan

127. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

5 PM in Bangladesh !!!

144. icywater22

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

7PM in Manila, Philippines

7. jsdechavez

Posts: 816; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

And Blackberry doesnt even update BBM in their own phones.

18. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

8. FreakenSolom

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 11, 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 :)

9. alaahershy

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

Blackberry= black whatsapp

10. FreakenSolom

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

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

12. FreakenSolom

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

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

11. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 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!

13. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

14. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

In middle-east its 2pm.

16. SidDroid

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

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

154. meh33

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 22, 2013

we cant get bbm ? i am using 2.3.6 :(

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

19. samzkrnd

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

6.00pm or 18.00pm indonesia time

21. m_smart_guy

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 17, 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

36. deogan

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

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

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