CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry has announced that it will release its Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app for iOS and Android this weekend.
Blackberry issued a statement on Wednesday saying that it plans to release its BBM app for Android on 21 September, followed by the BBM iOS app release the following day on 22 September.
The Android and iOS BBM apps won't have all of the features of the BBM app found on Blackberry smartphones though, with Blackberry keeping some features exclusive to its handsets to attract people to Blackberry 10. However, BBM for Android and iOS will feature BBM Chat, group conversations, the ability to send files and unique BBM pin passcodes. BBM features such as voice and video calling will remain available only on Blackberry handsets.
If you're worried that you won't have anyone to BBM with, Blackberry has pointed out that there are 60 million Blackberry customers, most of whom use BBM for an average of 90 minutes a day.
Andrew Bocking, Blackberry EVP for BBM said, "BBM is a very engaging messaging service that is simple to use, easy to personalise 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 messaging platform, this is absolutely the right time to bring BBM to Android and iPhone customers," Bocking added, seemingly forgetting Whatsapp.
The BBM apps for iOS and Android will be available to download from the iTunes Store and Google Play and are compatible with Android 4.0 and above, and both iOS 6 and iOS 7, respectively. µ
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