BlackBerry Messenger app to launch for iOS and Android this weekend

BlackBerry can't seem to sell any of its new smartphones but the company still has a huge audience for its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service. Today, the company announced that it will finally bring the BBM service to lots of new customers this weekend with the launch of official iOS and Android apps. In August, the company prematurely posted up a website declaring both apps were available.

In a blog post, BlackBerry said that the Android app will go live in the Google Play store first, at 7 am Eastern Time on Saturday, September 21st. On Sunday, September 22nd, the iOS version will become available on the App Store at 12:01 am in each store's local time.

Both apps will allow users to chat on the BBM network with all other members, including the millions that are already accessing it on their BlackBerry smartphones. It will also allow for group chats of up to 30 people, a way to send files and photos between members and more.

BlackBerry is promising that future versions of these apps will include voice and video chat, along with a way to join and/or launch BBM Channels for group conversations about individuals, brands and companies. It all sounds promising, but considering that BlackBerry may be close to being sold off we wonder how long this situation will last.

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i guess wp's market is so huge that blackberry did not release one for the platform. for fear of competition. lmao.

Albert said,
i guess wp's market is so huge that blackberry did not release one for the platform. for fear of competition. lmao.

That's so funny... Not. lmao

BB will most likely see WP as its main competition right now and while it still sees its mobile platform has a chance it makes sense for them not to put BBM on their main competitor. IMO BB will keep on declining while WP will keep on rising, its a slow rise but it is a rise none the less and at some point BB will have to chuck in the towel. At that point I suspect BBM will head over to WP.

duddit2 said,
BB will most likely see WP as its main competition right now and while it still sees its mobile platform has a chance it makes sense for them not to put BBM on their main competitor. IMO BB will keep on declining while WP will keep on rising, its a slow rise but it is a rise none the less and at some point BB will have to chuck in the towel. At that point I suspect BBM will head over to WP.

You're right, RIM and MS compete in more than just phones but they compete directly in the enterprise messaging space, people seem to forget about Lync, it's a direct competitor to BBM IMO.

duddit2 said,
BB will most likely see WP as its main competition right now and while it still sees its mobile platform has a chance it makes sense for them not to put BBM on their main competitor.

Please tell me you're joking! Android is obviously its main competitor, with a market share approaching 80%; that's closely followed by Apple, which has a strong relationship with government organisations and the public sector, particularly education. Microsoft is irrelevant in terms of competition.

I know this is a pro-Microsoft website but that doesn't mean that people can post nonsense like that without it being challenged.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Please tell me you're joking! Android is obviously its main competitor, with a market share approaching 80%; that's closely followed by Apple, which has a strong relationship with government organisations and the public sector, particularly education. Microsoft is irrelevant in terms of competition.

I know this is a pro-Microsoft website but that doesn't mean that people can post nonsense like that without it being challenged.

The fact you say MS is irrelevant in terms of competition is also nonsense. They compete directly in the enterprise, things like Lync are direct BBM alternatives which Apple and Google don't have. All you're looking at is the smartphone numbers and when WP is taking over as #3 and kicking RIM out why wouldn't they look at them as competition exactly?

GP007 said,
All you're looking at is the smartphone numbers and when WP is taking over as #3 and kicking RIM out why wouldn't they look at them as competition exactly?

Which would be a valid point if Windows Phone had overtaken Blackberry on merit rather than because of the latter's imploding market share. To suggest that Windows Phone poses greater competition to Blackberry than Android or iOS is ludicrous, even for Neowin.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Which would be a valid point if Windows Phone had overtaken Blackberry on merit rather than because of the latter's imploding market share. To suggest that Windows Phone poses greater competition to Blackberry than Android or iOS is ludicrous, even for Neowin.

duddit did not say that. What he did say is that WP is the MAIN competition right now; which is, to say, that if BB cannot retake WP, then they will become officially irrelevant and fall out of the marketplace altogether.

That being said, BBM on other platforms? Too little way too late. Sorry.

Mulsivaas said,
duddit did not say that. What he did say is that WP is the MAIN competition right now; which is, to say, that if BB cannot retake WP, then they will become officially irrelevant and fall out of the marketplace altogether.

They didn't say 'closest competitor', they said 'main competition' which is just comical. Blackberry needs to worry more about customers switching to Android or iOS than it does Windows Phone.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Please tell me you're joking! Android is obviously its main competitor, with a market share approaching 80%; that's closely followed by Apple, which has a strong relationship with government organisations and the public sector, particularly education. Microsoft is irrelevant in terms of competition.

I know this is a pro-Microsoft website but that doesn't mean that people can post nonsense like that without it being challenged.


Are you being serious? Your main competitor is always your closest competitor. If BB cant overtake WP what chance does it have on iOS or Android (see how i ordered it in terms of market share).

now stop being a fan boy and think before posting , I'm using business logic and your using preference.

theyarecomingforyou said,

They didn't say 'closest competitor', they said 'main competition' which is just comical. Blackberry needs to worry more about customers switching to Android or iOS than it does Windows Phone.


as a business you always target the closest competition, its like setting milestones. MS did this and targeted BB as a market share milestone, they never said (openly) that they envisaged overtaking iOS or android anytime soon because that will only end in disappointment.

maybe they will pickup momentum, but you need to think about morale with staff and for BB to even consider android as their main competition is laughable, that would only end it disappointment and negative staff morale (of the staff they have left).

I'm not fanboying when i say BB will consider MS WP to be their main competition, its pure and simple business logic for a number of important reasons.

Do people REALLY still use this?

If they were smarter they would have released this with limited functionality on other platforms long ago. Maybe anyone can send text and receive anything, but only BlackBerry users can send things other than text. But I don't know a single person who uses BBM anymore.

I see this as a last ditch move to keep BBM relevant in enterprise. The problem RIM is facing is that in the past a big business would just order and have their workers use BlackBerrys phones to connect to their BBM server and so on, now though everyone is moving over to a BYOD model and people are not using BBs but iPhones and Android devices and even WPs. If RIM wants to keep BBM in use longer they have no real choice other than supporting different platforms.

Im sure I heard about BBM being used during London riots and in places where people had to be careful of there communication, due to it being encrypted or sent to thru non-public servers or some nonsense?

Hopefully one day Apple releases iMessage for Android and Windows Phone.

Then I'll finally make the switch to a Lumia. I want to be able to message my iPhone contacts using iMessage on my computer and over wifi since I don't get any signal at all within my school, apartment, and other places.

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