BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced at BlackBerry Live that the company plans to bring its BlackBerry Messaging service to Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android platform.
BBM will be available as a free application on iOS and Android, the app will come with a number of features which will include BBM chats, multi-person chats, voice note sharing, and BlackBerry Groups.
Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem, at BlackBerry had this to say:
“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.”
BBM is a popular app on BlackBerry’s own platform with more than 60 million monthly active users and more than 51 million of those use the app on a daily basis, the app will launch on both platform some time this summer.
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