CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry has debunked claims that BBM for iOS and Android will be released on 27 June.
T-Mobile UK tweeted on Thursday that BBM will be available to download on iOS and Android in two weeks - and showed off the app running on a Samsung Galaxy S3.
The tweet, which has since been deleted read, "Great news - BlackBerry Messenger will be available to download on iOS and Android from June 27th!"
However, Blackberry has said T-Mobile's information is incorrect. In a statement, the firm said, "While there have been reports that BBM will be available to iOS and Android on June 27th, this is not accurate. We will communicate an update as soon as we have an availability date to share."
Blackberry announced that BBM was going cross platform earlier this month at its Blackberry Live conference in Orlando, saying that Apple and Google begged it to release the app for their respective mobile operating systems "for years".
"BBM is too good to keep to ourselves," said Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins at the event. "This summer, BBM will be available across multiple platforms. We will make it the world's number one messaging solution and, even better, it will be free."
Once released, BBM for iOS and Android won't feature all of the functionality found on Blackberry's messaging app for its Blackberry Q10 and Z10 devices. Instead, the apps will offer only messaging and group messaging services at the beginning, with BBM Voice to be added at a later date.
It's still unclear whether BBM will be released for Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system, but given the two firms' ongoing battle for the number three spot in the smartphone market, it's looking pretty unlikely. µ
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