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BBM for iOS and Android release date pegged for September

Luke Johnson



Officially announced at BlackBerry Live back in May, a BBM iOS and Android release date has now been pegged for September.

Stretching the previously confirmed ‘summer’ arrival for the app based messaging service, latest reports have now suggested that the BBM platform will take its first steps away from BlackBerry branded smartphones for the first time this September.

While BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has remained tight-lipped on the matter, the company’s Managing Director of BlackBerry India, Sunil Lalvani has pointed to September as the final launch window for the new cross platform BBM apps.

“The service is coming to Android this summer. But summer as per North America, where it remains till September,” Lalvani said in a recent interview.

While the BBM iOS release is to see the WhatsApp rivalling free messaging service hit iPhone models, we revealed in an exclusive interview back in May that the iOS BBM app will not support iPad at launch.

“At this point it is iOS and Android, and that’s iOS phones running iOS 6 and higher,” Vivek Bhardwaj, Head of the BlackBerry Software Portfolio said.

Speaking directly with TrustedReviews during BlackBerry Live, he added: “Smartphone is our real focus and again it comes back to what BBM is. If you look BBM and the engagement and the activity, it’s because it is mobile, because people are on the go.”

Discussing why Apple’s tablet was off the cards he went on the add: “When you start looking at tablets, computers and other screens, the usage model changes and behaviour changes. For us right now the absolute focus is getting BBM onto smartphones.”

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Via: GeekyGadgets


August 1, 2013, 11:12 pm

I can't wait for it to launch.....Good Work!!

Amanda Jane McGuire-Jones

August 2, 2013, 1:39 pm

Viber & What's App is better Than BBM by far. BBM is cramp coz people bug you to send them you're pin. When you do Add them They ping you Every 20 seconds - sending you stupid Broadcasting Messages, Then Chain Messages..
BBM is over rated - to behonest it's crap.
BlackBerry can keep their rubbish products. BBM was one of the main reasons l ditched BlackBerry in the 1st place.

Viber is the best. Personally l prefer Viber more that What's App

Honest try Viber it's awesome. It's Better than BBM by far & u don't get Bugged

Jade McNally

August 26, 2013, 1:04 pm

I Disagree With Amanda Because You Can Turn ping Off On Bbm And If There's To Many Bc's From A Person Delete Them As Simple As That. Bbms Way Better Than Whatsapp Or Viber Because You Don't need a Persons Number For Bbm All You Need is There Pin. I Bought A IPhone 4 And Haven't Used It Due To The Fact It Has No Bbm. I'm Currently Using My Blackberry For Bbm Until It Comes Out On IPhone Because Bbm Has All My Friends And None of My Friends Don't Have Whatsapp Or Viber So They can't Talk To me If I Use My Blackberry.


August 29, 2013, 10:47 pm

Hi when is the realse date for bbm on adriod if you could email me and let me know thanks

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