In May this year, mobile phone manufacturer BlackBerry revealed that they will be making their hugely popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available for Android and iOS device during the course of the year.
“It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience. No matter what mobile device they carry,” Thorsten Heins said during the BlackBerry Live conference. Moving one step closer to the planned roll-out during the US summer, yesterday BlackBerry started the beta testing phase.
Selected users who registered on BlackBerry’s Beta Zone and nominated individuals by BlackBerry staff received an updated that they have been accepted for the beta testing phase, and that they will be able to download the beta version of BBM for Android very soon.
“BlackBerry has begun internal testing of BBM on Android and iOS devices. We invited our employees to nominate friends and family to participate in a limited Android beta. Those slots are now full. For more information, please visit www.blackberry.com/bbm,” BlackBerry said in a statement.
Users in the beta and when it rolls out the general public, will only need to have an Android device with version 4.0 and higher to be able to make use of BBM – which will allow them to message other users on the BBM platform, not matter their phone make or operating system.
“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,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem, during the BlackBerry Live conference earlier this year.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor