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BBM to Go Cross Platform This Summer

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May 14, 2013, 9:52 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 14, 2013, 9:57 AM

Updated: added details.

BlackBerry today announced that it will make versions of its BlackBerry Messenger application for both the Android and iOS platforms. The application and service will be available to the iPhone and Android devices later this summer. Basic messaging and groups support will arrive first, and other features, including BlackBerry Voice, BlackBerry Video, and screen sharing. Additionally, BlackBerry expects that iOS and Android users will also be able to use the just-announced BBM Channels later this year. BlackBerry Messenger has to-date been a BlackBerry exclusive app and service.


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May 14, 2013, 12:40 PM

What it means...

Having BBM on Android or iOS will not take the only thing BB have that other platforms don't? Yes there is Whatsapp and other apps but BBM is the selling point for some people, will see how all this goes...
What it actually means is increased revenue for Blackberry AND increased relevance for a platform that has been out of the spotlight for too long....both very good things.

May 14, 2013, 11:58 AM

This is it!

So BBM for Android and iOS will use data or WiFi connection instead of subscribing to BlackBerry service?
Yes.....and I think it is more intended to retain current Blackberry users.....a lot of Blackberry uses rely on BBM...and when their friends switch platforms, they have no more BBM friends...meaning they have to switch too....now....there will be no n...
didnt know

May 14, 2013, 11:55 AM

This rumor started like..

1 1/2 years back, I'm glad it's becoming true. I wanted to chat with friends who have BB's without having to buy a BB. 🤭
The rumor was based on the fact the RIM was considering it and that they were doing market research to gauge whether or not there was interest in running BBM on other platforms.

I was part of that market research and responded very positively to ...

May 14, 2013, 1:12 PM

One Question

this is awesome news! I'm just left with one question will the other platforms have full access to all the features of bbm? I think it would be very cool if all phoens coudl have access to the screen share that bbm has with bb 10
I don't know...I think they will probably want to have at least some 'exclusive' features for Blackberry phones only...

But.....I'm not sure how they are going to handle it...

Either there will be a monthly charge of about $0.99 for access to BI...

May 14, 2013, 12:13 PM

long time !!!!

something smart from Blackberry.
bad it tock so long.
what I think. I just hope they have that ready sooner..
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