As reported, Blackberry Messenger (BBM) will be available on two more Operating systems, which are Android and iOS. Starting from September 21, 2013. Now it is official.
BBM, which used to be exclusive to Blackberry, now runs on Android smartphones (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean) and iPhone. BBM for Android (Android 4x) was released on September 21, 2013, while that of iOS (iPhone – iOS6 & 7) will be available from September 22, 2013). Close. This move lets you chat on BBM with your friends on other platforms.
As we all know, BBM runs in the background. So you get your messages immediately as Blackberry users do (immediately) whether the app is on the foreground or not. You get to enjoy the same features like the traditional BBM.
Below are the features you’ll get from BBM.
File Sharing – You can share files e.g pictures and voice notes instantly.
Message Delivery State – You see if your message has been delivered or read. Sent messages are marked. Delivered messages are indicated with a letter D on the mark symbol while read message are marked with R
Group / Multiperson Chat – This feature lets you invite up to 30 users in a single chat and also share files to the group members.
Broadcast Message (BC) – With this feature, you can send a message to all / selected contacts at once. Recipients must be on your contact list first.
Status, Personal Messages and Display Picture (DP) – Like common social media, you get to show your ststus, mood, or availability, say what’s on your mind through Personal message, and also change display pictures easily.
PIN & Privacy – Every Blackberry smartphone has its unique pin. Unlike Whatsapp which uses phone numbers or other apps which use email addresses, BBM uses PIN. BBM conversations are made on a private network.
*The Voice Call Feature available on Blackberry smartphones won’t be available in the early vesrion of BBM for android / iOS, but will be available in future versions*
Where to Download BBM for Android or iOS
BBM download will be available on Google Play (Android) and Apple App Store (iPhone) from the specified dates (September 21 for Android & September 22 for iOS). It will be available as a free app.