Anyone out there still own and use a BlackBerry?
Ah good, there are some of you. Well there has been an announcement you may be interested in.
BlackBerry’s Thorsten Heins announced earlier today at the BBLive event that the company will be releasing a standalone BBM messaging app for the iOS and Android platforms later this year. The app will only be available on devices running iOS6 and Ice Cream Sandwich or higher respectively. Initially, only messaging and group features will be available in the appt, but BlackBerry are planning to add BBM voice and channels, as well as screen sharing and video capabilities.
Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President of Software Product Management and Ecosystem, said in a press release;
“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.”