BlackBerry BBM Coming to iPhone, Android Smartphones
The app for Android and iPhone features BBM Chat, which allows users to have conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones.Struggling smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry announced its popular messaging service, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), would be available for the first time to users of Apple’s iPhone and Google Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. BBM will be available as a free download in Google Play and the Apple App Store starting Sept. 22, and customers will be able to download BBM by visiting the Website from the service from their smartphone browser. The app for Android and iPhone features BBM Chat, which allows users to have conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. In addition to letting users know that their message has been delivered and read, it also shows them that the contact is responding to the message. In addition, with BBM, users can share files on the phone such as photos and voice notes, and BBM Groups lets users invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and goes a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. With Broadcast Message, users can send a message out to all their BBM contacts at once.
"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," Andrew Bocking, executive vice president for BBM at BlackBerry, said in a statement. "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."