BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), the popular messaging service, is to be made available as an app on iOS and Android devices.
BBM will appear in app stores this summer (subject to approval by Google Play and Apple App Store), providing users with another way of communicating outside of traditional text messaging.
BlackBerry Messenger was one of the first free messaging services in the early days of the smartphone and proved popular in part due to its ability to let you know whether someone had read your messages and simply chosen not respond, or as BlackBerry put it – ‘ an added layer of engagement with delivered and read statuses’.
In the first version of the app released to iOS and Android, users will be able to share voice notes and take part in group conversations of up to 30 people, sending calendars, photos and other files.
Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem, at BlackBerry said: ‘For BlackBerry, messaging and collaboration are inseparable from the mobile experience, and the time is definitely right for BBM to become a multi-platform mobile service. BBM has always been one of the most engaging services for BlackBerry customers, enabling them to easily connect while maintaining a valued level of personal privacy. We’re excited to offer iOS and Android users the possibility to join the BBM community.’
BBM has more than 51 million active daily users, with 10 billion messages being sent and received each day.