Research In Motion is finally bringing its hugely popular Blackberry Messenger (BBM) to other platforms this summer. Â Announced today by CEO Thorsten Heins; “It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience, no matter what mobile device they carry.”
This will see happen something that converts have been wanting for some time now, Blackberry Messenger on their new devices. Â A lot of people haveÂ clamoredÂ for the messaging system after moving over to Android or iOS.
The app will be released this summer, pending approval from Google and Apple, and will be compatible with devices running Android 4.0 (ICS) and up, and iOS 6 and upÂ respectively, and most importantly, the app will be free.
The Blackberry Messenger app will be as fully featured as the native version, starting with messaging and groups, then following up with voice, screen-share and channels later on as development progresses.
Heins believes that Blackberry 10’s new features are going to propel the system along on its own, allowing them to take BBM and move it cross platform, removing the exclusivity.
Taking Blackberry Messenger cross platform is a big move, as it has been a long standing highly popular feature of the Blackberry ecosystem, and the core of some ofÂ Blackberry’s’ adverts. Â With already well established messengers such as WhatsApp, Google Talk and a plethora of others, not to mention Google’s upcoming unified Hangouts, will BBM be able to hold it’s own in a crowded market?
Will you be using the new cross platform Blackberry Messenger when it arrives? Â Or will you be waiting for Googles new Hangouts? Â Let us know in the comments below!
Source: The Verge