, widely known as BBM, is coming to Android, this Saturday and iOS this Sunday, Blackberry has announced. The service comes several months after the organization admitted that it will make BBM available on other platforms, and rumors grew about the service.
Blackberry stated in a blogpost that, “BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x) on September 21. BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store September 22.
“BBM will continue to evolve quickly. Later this year, BBM Channels will provide a forum for active, real conversations between you and the people, brands, celebrities, artists, service providers, communities and more, that matter to you. By creating a Channel, individuals and brands can engage their friends and communities in conversations sparked by their thoughts, ideas and passions. Subscribing to a Channel will let you join conversations with people who share your interests. In addition, BBM Video calling and BBM Voice calling are planned for availability for Android and iPhone in a future version.”
In a statement, Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President for BBM at BlackBerry said, “BBM is a very engaging messaging service that is simple to use, easy to personalize 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 instant messaging platform, this is absolutely the right time to bring BBM to Android and iPhone customers.”
photo source: The Verge
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This article was first published on 20th September 2013 and updated on September 21st, 2013 at 1:34 pm