Sep 20, 2013

BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android and iPhone

BlackBerry Messenger instant chat application will be available for rival devices using Google's Android and for Apple's iPhone this weekend.

Once a unique tool to send short messages without running up SMS charges, BBM now competes with mobile instant messaging products from Facebook, Apple and a host of other popular apps like WhatsApp, Line, WeChat and more.

The company has now confirmed that Android users will be able to download BlackBerry Messenger on Saturday, while iPhone users can get it on Sunday.

Presently, BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, allows BlackBerry users to seamlessly exchange texts, audio, videos and pictures with each other. However, a number of cross-platform mobile messaging apps including WhatsApp, WeChat and Line have taken over as preferred choices since they are available on a variety of platforms. On the iPhone, BBM would also compete with Apple's own iMessage platform that allows users who own Apple devices to send each other free messages over a data connection.

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