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BBM coming to iOS and Android this summer

This summer BlackBerry will launch its popular messaging application BBM on iOS and Android this summer.

BBM

Initially the Android and iOS app will feature messaging and groups with the roll out of voice, screen share, video and channels all arriving in updates at a later date.

The BBM app will work on iOS 6 and Android Ice Cream Sandwich and above, although there’s no word on Windows Phone support just yet.

BlackBerry claims it wants to make BBM the premium multi messaging solution around the world, but it’s got some tough competition with the likes of iMessage and the well established WhatsApp to contend will.

Channelling BBM

On top of the text, voice and video functionality already available within BBM, BlackBerry also announced a new service for the app at its BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, going by the name Channels.

Channels is being billed as a social engagement platform within BBM, allowing users to follow brands, people, bands etc.

If appears to be some sort of mashup between Twitter and Facebook pages, with notifications popping up on your BlackBerry to alert you when the channels you’ve subscribed to have posted something new.

BlackBerry will start rolling out Channels this summer to the Z10, Q10 and Q5, while Android and iOS users will have to wait until later this year.

BBM coming to iOS and Android this summer

BBM to go cross-platform this summer!!

Announced today during BlackBerry Live 2013, BBM is set to go cross-platform this summer.  That means BlackBerry, iOS and Android users will able be able to chat seamlessly over BBM very soon.

BBM

Cross-platform BBM is long overdue but is sure to make for plenty of happy BlackBerry in just a few months.

The rollout will first include just chat, but soon to follow will be BBM Voice, BBM Video and even BBM Channels. Users on iOS and Android will get the same features of BBM that BlackBerry users already have so it should be pretty exciting. Best of all? It will still be totally free.

Plenty more on this to come soon so stay tuned!

Press Release

BBM for iOS and Android to Launch This Summer

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today announced plans to make its ground-breaking mobile social network, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), available to iOS® and Android™ users this summer, with support planned for iOS6, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, all subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play. BBM sets the standard for mobile instant messaging with a fast, reliable, engaging experience that includes delivered and read statuses, and personalized profiles and avatars. Upon release, BBM customers would be able to broaden their connections to include friends, family and colleagues on other mobile platforms.

In the planned initial release, iOS and Android users would be able to experience the immediacy of BBM chats, including multi-person chats, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes, and engage in BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people.

“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,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem, at BlackBerry.

BBM is loved by customers for its “D” and “R” statuses, which show up in chats to let people know with certainty that their message has been delivered and read. It provides customers with a high level of control and privacy over who they add to their contact list and how they engage with them, as invites are two-way opt-in. iOS and Android users would be able to add their contacts through PIN, email, SMS or QR code scan, regardless of platform. Android users would also be able to connect using a compatible NFC-capable device.

BBM has more than 60 million monthly active customers, with more than 51 million people using BBM an average of 90 minutes per day. BBM customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps. Almost half of BBM messages are read within 20 seconds of being received; indicating how truly engaged BBM customers are.

Today, BlackBerry also announced BBM Channels, a new social engagement platform within BBM that will allow customers to connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups they are passionate about. BlackBerry plans to add support for BBM Channels as well as voice and video chatting for iOS and Android later this year, subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play.

If approved by Apple and Google, the BBM app will be available as a free download in the Apple® App Store(SM) and Google Play store. Additional details about system requirements and availability will be announced closer to the launch.

Via Crackberry

BBM to go cross-platform this summer!!

BlackBerry World conference now BlackBerry Live – May 14-16 in Orlando

With the changing of BlackBerry App World to BlackBerry World, it left us wondering just what the annual conference in Orlando would be called. Keeping the BlackBerry World name there too would be a bit odd, but thankfully the folks at RIM are one step ahead and have renamed the conference as well.

Blackberry Live 2013

BlackBerry Live is the new name and we’re already digging it. The conference takes place in Orlando once again and will run May 14th to 16th. As always, there will be workshops, plenty of people to chat with, BlackBerry 10 goodness and much, much more. Stay tuned for more updates.

Source: Inside BlackBerry

BlackBerry World conference now BlackBerry Live – May 14-16 in Orlando

What would you like to see announced at BlackBerry Live this week?

Kevin, Bla1ze and I are on the ground in Orlando and getting ready for all of the good things to come from BlackBerry Live 2013. We took a quick stroll around the conference center and while things are very quiet right now, in just a few days BlackBerry fans from all over will be filling up the halls and taking in all of the breakout sessions, hands-on labs, Jam sessions and plenty more.

Blackberry Live 2013

The show officially kicks off Tuesday morning when BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins will take the stage during the general session keynote, during which we hope to hear some awesome BlackBerry news … just what that news may be we’re not quite sure though.

We could speculate all day long, but what we want to know is what you think will be announced this week at BlackBerry Live. Will we get a US release date for the BlackBerry Q10? Some cool new app announcements? Headless APIs?

Think on it a bit (if you haven’t already) then drop a comment below letting us know what you think the big news of the show will be.

Don’t forget to follow the entire CrackBerry team during BlackBerry Live and be sure check out all of the fun from our CrackBerry Live show all week long.

Via Crackberry

What would you like to see announced at BlackBerry Live this week?