BlackBerry's BBM service, which expanded to both Android and iOS devices in 2013, is coming to Windows Phone as well, via Nokia's Lumia devices. The reveal was made as part of Nokia's Mobile World Congress press event today in Barcelona, Spain.
The reveal that BBM was coming to Windows Phone was made briefly by company exec, and former Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop and received a round of applause from the audience at the event. No other details about BBM for Windows Phone was announced, but Elop did indicate that they expect the app to be very popular in emerging markets.
The announcement was a bit of a surprise as a BlackBerry exec was quoted in an interview last month saying that there were no plans for BBM to be released for Windows Phone. It's unclear what has changed between then and now but hopefully Nokia and Microsoft will reveal more in the coming weeks.
Nokia also announced that two more apps, Photoshop Express and Food Panda, will be coming to Lumia devices, and thus to the Windows Phone ecosystem. Photoshop Express is the free version of Photoshop and Food Panda is an India-specific service that connects users to order food from other 3,000 restaurants in that country.
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