It’s finally, finally here. After long waits and many delays BlackBerry has finally released BBM for iPhone and Android, and unlike in September this time it looks like it’s here to stay. The app is free and you can get it from the Google Play Store or the App Store. It will work on Android phones running Android 4.0 and up as well as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 6 or iOS 7.
Once you download the app you’ll need to sign in with your BlackBerry ID (if you don’t have one or don’t remember it you can also create a new one). If you signed up at BBM.com over the last few months you should be good to go from there and can enjoy BBM on your non-BlackBerry. If you didn’t you may have to wait a bit as BlackBerry is trying to avoid the problems of rapid sign-up that caused the most recent delays by slowly letting new users into the app. Sadly there’s no counter in the app to let you know where you are in line, but from what we’re hearing the “line” to get into BBM is moving pretty quickly. And if you don’t have the patience to wait there are already a few “hacks” popping up to get you in right away as CNET has found.
So what are you waiting for? Go download the app and get back to BBMing.
More info: BBM.com
The summer officially ends this weekend and as promised BlackBerry will deliver BBM by then. While they cut it really close to missing their promise to have BBM for iPhone and Android out by the end of the summer, BlackBerry today announced that BBM for Android will be out this Saturday, September 21st, at 7 AM Eastern Time. BBM for iPhone will be available a several hours later at 12:01 AM local time (meaning when its 12:01 AM where you are) on Sunday the 22nd. BBM for Android will be available to download from the Google Play Store while BBM for iPhone will be available at that time in the App Store.
BBM for iPhone and Android brings many of the BBM features you know and love including single person and group chats, the ability to share photos and voice notes, a unique BBM PIN etc. The Android version even allows you to add a BBM contact using NFC just by just taping your phone with your friend’s (assuming you both have Android/BlackBerry 10 phones with NFC). You yet be able to do video chats, screen share or BBM voice calls, but BlackBerry has said that those features would be coming as updates in a “future version.”
BBM for iPhone will work on iPhones running iOS 6 or iOS 7 (so the 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 and new 5C and 5S), while BBM for Android will work on phones running Android 4.0 or later (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean).
So are you excited for this or have you moved on already to iMessage/WhatsApp/something else?
More info: BlackBerry
With BBM for Android leaking on video last week and looking like it was ready to go, a lot of people began wondering about the status of BBM for iOS. BBM for iOS was announced earlier this year at the same time as the Android version with all the same features, and like BBM for Android, was promised to be coming before the end of the summer (technically September 21st). Ever since that announcement though things have been very quiet with no new updates on when to expect the app. Well, we now have gotten a semi-official update that points to the app being almost ready to go.
This update comes from a tweet from Alex Kinsella, BlackBerry’s Senior Strategic Account Manager. According to Kinsella, the BBM for iOS app was submitted to the App Store for review “2 weeks ago.” All apps that are in Apple’s App Store need to be approved before they make it into the store, a process that sometimes takes days but at times can also take weeks. While we don’t know what exactly is holding up the BBM app’s approval by Apple, with iOS 7 (and new iPhones) only days away it is possible things might be a little backed up as developers are rushing to update their apps for the new OS.
— Alex Kinsella (@alexkinsella) September 6, 2013
The good news though is that according to this tweet BlackBerry’s work on the app itself is done and it’s all on Apple to approve and release it. Actual BBM for iPhone should be here before the end of summer, just as BlackBerry promised.
More info: Engadget
Could this be true? BBM on an iPhone?
File this one under the most awesome and incredible rumor we’ve ever heard. According to BGR, who is pretty much dead-on when it comes to BlackBerry news (they were the ones who first leaked the Storm three years ago and more recently BlackBerry’s upcoming 2011 lineup), both Android and the iPhone (and it’s iOS) may soon get one of the greatest BlackBerry features on their devices– official BlackBerry Messenger. Yes, BBM is said to be on its way for Android and iPhone.
BGR’s sources didn’t reveal an exact date for when all this would go down, though according to the leak it did appear that at least the Android version would be at least announced this year (our guess would be at BlackBerry’s big BlackBerry World conference in May, but again that’s just our guess) with iPhone/iOS support after that. The BGR leak also goes on to mention how this would be more of a “BBM-lite” and while you would be able to BBM with anyone on a BlackBerry, the Android and iPhone versions might be lacking certain features like sending pics, and videos. For that full BBM experience you’d need to get an actual BlackBerry.
A lot of you are probably thinking right about now “the only reason I’d get a BlackBerry is for BBM, why would I go with it now if I can just get it on iPhone and Android?” Well, as we said above and as BGR alludes to in his post, this would be a great way for BlackBerry to begin to pull people back away from the ever-growing iPhone and Android platforms by teasing them with the BBM and BlackBerry experience, with the only way to get that full experience being switching to a BlackBerry (and if there’s an additional fee to use BBM on iPhone/Android then people who love the service may be even more eager to switch over and get full BBM and save money).
Seeing as one of the most frequent questions we get here at TeensTalkTech is about BBM and BlackBerry here’s the million dollar question– how important is BBM to you and are you willing to still go with that “BBM-lite” (again, text only no pic or video sharing) on an iPhone/Android phone or would you still go with the traditional BlackBerry and BBM when you go for your next new phone? Sound off in the comments.
Pic– which is fake and Photoshopped– from OmniTechNews.net