BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced the rollout of the BlackBerry Messenger which is well known as BBM, to platforms other than BlackBerry OS. The BBM will now be available for iOS 6 and Android 4.0 ICS and above. The news is definitely a welcome news for BBM enthusiasts as they can now stay connected with their friends using other Smartphone devices.
The latest post on the official BlackBerry blog has the followingannouncement:
BlackBerry plans to make BBM, our wildly popular mobile messaging service, available for the first time to iOS and Android users this summer, (subject to approval by Google Play and the Apple App Store, as applicable). This means that, once available, you can welcome your friends and family using these other mobile platforms to connect over BBM and share in the Team BlackBerry love.
The move is definitely going to endear BlackBerry to BBM users and users who can now stay connected with their BlackBerry friends over BBM, irrespective of the platform. BlackBerry plans to roll out just basic group chat features and regular messaging initially. Voice calls and other advance features will soon follow. The best catch is that the BBM app will remain free on Play Store and iTunes.
The news is a definite welcome for non-BB users and we sincerely hope the messenger doesn’t get lost in the better, advanced, popular “messenger crowd”.