BBM launch update for Android and iPhone

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Back in May BlackBerry announced that its popular BlackBerry Messenger service would be coming to iOS and Android. This caused a fair amount of excitement, although at that time BlackBerry didn’t state exactly when the apps would release. Today we have some news about the BBM launch update for Android and iPhone.

Since BlackBerry announced this rather unusual move there have been many Android and iOS device users eager to get the BBM app, and early on in June it seemed it would release on June 27. BlackBerry Worldwide issued a tweet with this date but the app failed to materialize.

Furthermore, many thousands of people were fooled by a fake BBM app that appeared on Google Play. Following the downloading of this rogue app, users were told it would be ready to use from June 27, and that may have partly led people to think this was a genuine app.

Earlier today we gave readers some news about the fall of BlackBerry shares from the quarterly call. At the same time BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, spoke about the wait for iOS and Android BBM but merely said it would become available “before the end of the summer.” While no specific dates are mentioned at least this may give reassurance that BBM is on it’s way to the many people waiting for it on these platforms.

When the iOS and Android BBM apps finally release they will not offer all of the BBM features straight away, but further updates will bring more. You’ll be able to use the iOS apps if you have a device running iOS 6 or later or a device running Android 4.0 ICS or later.

We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for more launch updates for the BBM Android and iPhone apps, and you can be sure that as soon as we hear news we’ll pass that on to our readers. Are you one of the many device users waiting for the iOS or Android BBM service to arrive? Let us know with your comments.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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27 thoughts on “BBM launch update for Android and iPhone”

  1. Reply
    Geoff says:

    Where are you getting your info? Blackberry Worldwide never gave a release date of June 27th…The Idiots at T-Mobile UK did, and RIM replied to it stating it was INCORRECT. Get your facts straight before you post.

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    Mixezcott says:

    I am very disappointed by Blacberry since announced its application for June 27 which I never got and many users were waiting for this application this time I hope to meet what they promised

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      Faiz Saleem says:

      But BlackBerry did not announce their app for June 27. T-Mobile released a false statement on their Twitter feed that ‘confirmed’ the app would be out on June 27. BlackBerry later stated that this was not the case.

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    MATRIXSHOPPING.COM says:

    THAT WAS STUPID THAT THIS WEBSITE REPORTED BLACKBERRY COMING TO IPHONE AND IT NEVER CAME JUST SUCKS WHO EVER FAULT IT IS

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    1233321 says:

    Will they change the name?? Cuz you know it is called *Black Berry* Messanger

    For all you idiots out there, that is what BBM stands for.

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      Mr. Boss says:

      Well its made by *BlackBerry*. Why not? Why would they change it into *Android* Messenger or *i* Messenger?

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    Manish says:

    Just fill the form on blackberry website.. u will be intimated abt its launch.. dont run arround reading posts or downloading fake apps.. its of no use..

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    Connor C says:

    As usual Blackberry dither and delay for so long people get bored and move on! when will they realize they don’t make any particularly good products & the only reason people buy their junk is for BBM.

  7. Reply
    Freud Charles says:

    This article is not giving a freaking update any difference since last week. What a waste

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    C.T says:

    i know for a fact we’re all just going to be waiting and waiting and waiting and eventually, when it does become available less people will be interested. I love my iPhone now but I’m quite looking forward to being able to talk to a lot more of my friends using bbm. thats the only reason i miss my blackberry because it was so easy to talk to so many people all in one place, I’m getting fed up of having a few contacts on whatsapp, a few on kik. I know most people are going to think ‘whats wrong with texting?’ but honestly, BBM is a great service and people who’ve never experienced it before need to before this whole idea is just forgotten. HURRY UP BLACKBERRY!

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    Mr. Boss says:

    The fooled are also STUPID. They can see the publisher of the app, and it wasn’t RIM, Research in Motion or BlackBerry. Those are the only 3 possible names for the official publisher alongside the “Verified Publisher” symbol. I can’t believe how stupid people are…

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