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BlackBerry: BBM Is Coming To iOS And Android This Summer


BlackBerry: BBM Is Coming To iOS And Android This Summer

Yes what you have read is right, believe it or not, Canada-based BlackBerry today posted a surprising announcement confirming it will be bringing its BlackBerry Messenger platform to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform. Yes, BlackBerry’s killer app won’t be exclusive anymore.
BlackBerry’s move comes amid consolidation in the instant messaging space. Two increasingly popular services, Viber and WhatsApp, recently passed 200 million users each.
With iMessage pretty much ruling the messaging game on iOS devices and Google’s rumored unified chatting platform dubbed Babel expected soon, it is no surprise that BlackBerry Messenger will be available to mobile users who don’t use BlackBerry devices…
The official announcement on the company’s blog lists the following features that will be initially supported on iOS and Android:
  • the immediacy of BBM chats
  • multi-person chats
  • voice note sharing
  • BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more
The BlackBerry Messenger service will be released for Android and iOS as a free app this summer. Here's the tweet:
According to BlackBerry official blog post, the iOS edition will support hardware running iOS 6 and above. Its Android counterpart will require Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later devices.

BlackBerry Messenger claims 60 million monthly active users, with more than 51 million daily active users sending and receiving more than ten billion messages each day, “nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps.”
BlackBerry message is very similar to other instant messages as it allows you to quickly send messages, chat with your friends just like Viber and WhatsApp...

Support for voice and video chatting will be added to the  iOS/Android build later this year. A future update will also enable BBM Channels, a newly announced social engagement platform within BlackBerry Messenger that lets you connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups.
If you want my opinion, I think this is a bad move from BlackBerry, I mean users are buying BlackBerry devices because of the BBM and bringing the feature to other devices like iOS and Android is putting BlackBerry in a bad situation..

So will be using BlackBerry messages on your iPhone or not ?


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