Culled: mobtech info
On the 14th day of May 2013, it was announced during Blackberry Live 2013 that Blackberry Messenger(BBM) will go cross platforms this summer. What this actually entails is
that, Blackberry, iOS and Android devices will be able to chat via the BBM service very soon.
According to the press release statement, The rollout will first include just chat, but soon to
follow will be BBM Voice, BBM Video and even BBM Channels. Users on iOS and Android
platforms will get the same features of BBM that BlackBerry users already have and best of all,
It will still be totally free.
Here’s The Press Release Statement:
BBM for iOS and Android to Launch This Summer WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May
14, 2013) – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY) (TSX: BB) today announced plans to make
its ground-breaking mobile social
network, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), available to iOS® and Android™ users this
summer, with support planned for iOS6, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, all subject to approval by the Apple
App Store and Google Play. BBM sets the standard for mobile instant messaging with
a fast, reliable, engaging experience that includes delivered and read statuses, and
personalized profiles and avatars. Upon release, BBM customers would be able to broaden their connections to include friends, family and colleagues on other
mobile platforms. In the planned initial release, iOS and
Android users would be able to experience the immediacy of BBM chats, including
multi-person chats, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes, and engage in
BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people.
“For BlackBerry, messaging and
collaboration are inseparable from the mobile experience, and the time is definitely right for BBM to become a multi-
platform mobile service. BBM has always been one of the most engaging services for
BlackBerry customers, enabling them to easily connect while maintaining a valued
level of personal privacy. We’re excited to offer iOS and Android users the possibility to join the BBM community,” said Andrew
Bocking, Executive Vice
President, SoftwareProduct Management and Ecosystem, at BlackBerry.
BBM is loved by customers for its “D” and “R” statuses, which show up in chats to let people know with certainty that their
message has been delivered and read. It provides customers with a high level of control and privacy over who they add to
their contact list and how they engage with them, as invites are two-way opt-in. iOS and Android users would be able to add
their contacts through PIN, email, SMS or QR code scan, regardless of platform.
Android users would also be able to connect using a compatible NFC-capable device.
BBM has more than 60 million monthly active customers, with more than 51 million
people using BBM an average of 90 minutes per day.
BBM customers collectively send
and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages
per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps. Almost half of BBM
messages are read within 20 seconds of being received; indicating how truly
engaged BBM customers are.
Today, BlackBerry also announced BBM
Channels, a new social engagement
platform within BBM that will allow customers to connect with the businesses,
brands, celebrities and groups they are passionate about. BlackBerry plans to add
support for BBM Channels as well as voice
and video chatting for iOS and Android later this year, subject to approval by the
Apple App Store and Google Play.
If approved by Apple and Google, the BBM app will be available as a free download in
the Apple® App Store(SM) and Google Play
store. Additional details about system requirements and availability will be
announced closer to the launch.
–> Summary: Personally for me, I think this is an awesome idea since BBM has developed very much since it was introduced earlier. It has many great
features and if BBM is actually made across to iOS and Android OS platforms, i guess most of the
people will ditch their BB device and get an Android device.
Also keep Looking For this space for the download link of BlackBerry Messenger (You can also
download it from Play Store coz its free)