Tuesday, 14 May 2013

BlackBerry's Beloved BBM Service Is Coming To iPhone And Android

Research In Motion BBM application is to launch on iPhone and Android phones.

The popular instant messaging service will be available as a free app for iOS and Android devices in the coming months.

It will work on Apple devices running iOS 6 or later and Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1).

The app will initially offer texts, photo messages and group sharing functions, with screen sharing and voice and video calls being rolled out later in the year.

The move puts BlackBerry in direct competition with other cross-platform messaging services such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Interestingly, BlackBerry has not yet announced any plan to bring the app to Windows Phone or Symbian phones even though some other popular IM apps like WhatsApp support these platforms.

"It's time to bring BBM to a greater audience no matter what mobile device they carry," said BB CEO Thorsten Heins.

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