In what is probably the only way BlackBerry will garner any attention on the day iOS 7 drops, the Canadian smartphone maker has just confirmed the looming arrival of the BBM messaging service on iOS and Android.
Although we've all been aware for some time now that the service would land on iOS and Android this year, the company finally confirmed a launch date in a blog post shared with the world on Wednesday.
BBM will reach Android this Saturday, September 21st. The following day, it's the iPhone's turn. BlackBerry says BBM arrives on iOS this Sunday, September 22nd.
Among the announced features of BBM for Android and iPhone are:
- BBM Chat Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
- More than chat With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
- Keep your group in the loop Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
- Post Updates and stay in the know BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
- Your unique PIN Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you dont have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.
Source: BlackBerry Blog