News by Andrew Kameka on Monday October 21, 2013.
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BlackBerry is once again attempting to deliver its BlackBerry Messenger client to Android and Apple iOS users. Following a false start last month, when a leaked version of the app managed to bring the cross-platform messaging client down, BBM is once again rolling out to devices beginning today. Not everyone will gain access simultaneously as BlackBerry plans to release it in stages, so it may not yet appear in respective app stores and regions. The company states the following steps are the easiest way to download BBM for Android and iOS:
1. Visit BBM.com on your phone
2. Install the app and register3. Wait for a confirmation email to begin using BBM
The number of BBM users has fallen alongside the overall dip in BlackBerry fortunes and users, but BlackBerry says that more than 6 million people requested to be notified when the app became available, so the company remains optimistic it can reignite interest in BBM. Of course, BBM arrives at a time when it's already facing an uphill battle against bigger and more established competitors on Android, iOS, and even Windows Phone. Perhaps the this launch will inspire some users to reconsider BBM for the promise of more upcoming options than are currently available in other messaging clients.
Interested users can visit BBM.com and then check back periodically to see if the app is available.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.