BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has announced that BlackBerry Messenger, popularly known as BBM will be available on the Android and iOS platforms from this summer.
This does not come as a surprise since BlackBerry is no longer considered as the best platform for the Smartphones. Since the inception of iOS and Android, there has been a huge decline in the number of BlackBerry users. BlackBerry has tried to crawl back with the BB10 OS and now making BBM multi-platform is another big step.
Thorsten Heins has stated that initially, only messaging and group features will be available on Android and iOS. But Heins promised that the rest of BBM will eventually make its way to the Android and iOS versions including screen sharing, BBM voice and the just announced BBM channels
In a press release, BlackBerry notes that BBM’s successful move to iOS and Android depends upon the approval of Apple and Google. Assuming things go according to plan, BBM will face no shortage of competition from WhatsApp and other messaging apps that already enjoy enormous success across mobile platforms.
BBM app will be launched as a free app for iOS and Android this summer. Much like other messaging apps, it will be a standalone application. But BBM app for Android and iOS will only be compatible with iOS 6 and above and Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and above.