BlackBerry to Launch BBM on iOS, Android This Summer

BlackBerry is set to do something it has never done before–expand its proprietary chat app BBM to iOS and Android, with a launch planned for this summer. The announcement was made at the annual BlackBerry Live conference, and detailed on the BlackBerry Blog:

In the first version of multi-platform BBM, iOS and Android users are expected to be able to experience the following BBM features:

  • The immediacy of BBM chats
  • Multi-person chats
  • Voice note sharing
  • BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more

The company notes there are more than 60 million monthly active users sending and receiving more than 10 billion messages per day.

Back in March of 2011 it was rumoured BBM was coming to iOS and Android, with later reports the plan was started by former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie but ultimately rejected by the board, rather to focus on development of its next generation BlackBerry 10 smartphones. He planned to offer the service to carriers in an attempt to stop the reversal of the company’s drop to the bottom.

For those with friends using BlackBerrys, this will be another way for you to chat with them, but could be a case of too little too late as most have already adopted other cross platform chat apps such as WhatsApp. Anyone excited for this?

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  • Finally! I’ve been waiting since iOS 2 (or as we use to call it iPhone OS 2.0)

  • Michael Zanier

    This was rumoured to happen last summer…and RIM at the time, quickly shot it down. Will this work between A BB and iOS/Android, or will it work via iOS to Android only, similar to WhatsApp? This will catch on quickly, but likely suffer the same fate as LiveProfile, Hookt, and Kik.

  • Shelly

    Wow! now I can message to all my friends who are on BBM!

    I mean friend.

    I mean my dad.

    On his work-only phone.

  • Great, but I can’t think of even 1 friend who still uses BB.

  • Brandon Orr

    you’ll be able to use it to talk to Android users as well. I’m sure it will be better than Whatsapp. Not too high of a standard Whatsapp has set to be honest…