News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday May 14, 2013.
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A BBM Android app and a BBM iPhone app, long rumored but long absent, are definitely in the works. BlackBerry today confirmed that it will bring BlackBerry Messenger - the app that supports live instant messaging, voice calls, and video chat - to Android and Apple iOS later this year.
At its BlackBerry Live Developer conference, BlackBerry announced that it would bring BBM to Android and iOS this summer when Google and Apple approve the apps. At launch, BBM for Android and iOS will be able to have instant private or group chats in text, share voice notes, and join BlackBerry Groups to share calendars, photos, and files. The complete range of BBM will not be available, so features like live screen-sharing, live voice calls, and video calls will remain temporary BlackBerry exclusives. More features will arrive in future updates.
One might wonder why BlackBerry would bring one of its most noteworthy features to other operating systems, but going cross-platform may be necessary for the effectiveness of BlackBerry's services. Android and iOS far outweigh the BlackBerry population, so users will be more inclined to use BBM over alternative options that support multiple operating systems. BlackBerry is also investing more into its Android and iOS services for enterprise, so being available on other platforms will add more value to those services.source: BlackBerry
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.