A couple of weeks back, a tweet released on T-Mobile’s UK account confirmed that BBM will arrive on Android or iPhone on 27th June. However, the tweet was deleted and sadly enough, BBM did not launch on Android or iPhone on the specified date.
Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins proclaimed that they are making BBM more powerful than ever and this potent mobile service would be made available to everyone. Heins’ announcement at Blackberry Live Developers Conference in Florida created quite a stir and excitement amongst Android and iPhone mobile users.
BBM would be compatible with devices running on iOS 6 and Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and above. A Blackberry spokesperson said that availability of BBM on Google Play and Apple App store is subject to approval. Later, BB CEO Heins came with some exciting news at the company’s financial report meeting Q1 2013. Thorsten Heins announced that BBM will be rolled out to Android and iPhone devices before summer’s time is up. However, no exact release date was mentioned by him in this statement.
We expect BBM to be available on Apple App Store and Google Play within November. In Canada and other major states of the US, the season usually lasts from June to November. There is a considerable possibility that Blackberry Messenger will be made available on Apple and Android devices between August-November.
Initially, all BBM features will not be supported on iOS and Android, except for its premium messaging specs. Multi-user and individual chats, group messaging chat and voice notes will be available. BBM video and voice calling features will follow up with updates.
The decision seems to be mutually beneficial. BBM is a highly prestigious and powerful messaging platform available but its supportability is currently confined to Blackberry devices only. If made compatible on today’s leading mobile platforms, namely iOS and Android, a favorable market may follow up for all three.