The BBM for iPhone and BBM for Android release dates look to be on the horizon as users manuals for the multiplatform messaging services leak online.
With BlackBerry having announced back in May that it would bring its free to use messaging service BBM to both iPhone and Android smartphones this summer, much speculation has surrounded exactly when the much loved app will finally be made available across multiple platforms.
Now, claimed BBM for iPhone and BBM for Android user manuals have made premature appearances, suggesting the apps themselves will not be far behind.
Having appeared on official BlackBerry websites, the BBM for Android and iPhone user manuals have since been taken down.
Those claiming to have spotted the inadvertent releases have suggested that both BBM for iPhone and BBM for Android will allow users to send text and voice messages from day one, as well as loctation based data and status updates.
They have added that further BBM features such as screen sharing, voice and video will all be introduced at a later date post launch.
Although BlackBerry has as yet failed to offer a precise BBM for iPhone and Android release date, recent reports have pointed towards a September arrival for the WhatsApp rival.
“The service is coming to Android this summer. But summer as per North America, where it remains till September,” Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director of BlackBerry India said in a recent interview.
As well as missing a number of the features found on BlackBerry’s own branded smartphones, the BlackBerry for iOS app will only be compatible with iPhone handsets and will omit support for the market leading iPad tablet.
“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 while speaking with TrustedReviews at BlackBerry Live this year.
“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.”
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