World's most secured Instant Messenger - BBM will begin rolling out for Android and iPhone smartphone users around the world from September 20 and Septemebr 21 respectively, Whcih was previously exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones.
BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x) beginning at 7AM EDT on September 21 in Google Play BBM for Apple iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store schedule of 12:01 AM local time on September 22.
BBM has more than 60 million monthly active customers on BlackBerry alone, and the overwhelming majority use BBM an average of 90 minutes per day. BBM customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps. Messages on BBM are typically read within seconds, reflecting how truly engaged BBM customers are.
Key Features of BBM :
It’s immediate : BBM is always on so you are always connected. And because messages on BBM are typically delivered and read within seconds, it’s the closest thing to a live conversation.
You trust it : BBM always tells you that messages are delivered and read. BBM conversations come alive on a private network you can count on.
You control it : BBM allows you to choose your contacts and how you share your information. BBM uses a PIN so you don’t have to give anyone your phone number or email address.
BBM for Android and iPhone features:
- BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
- More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
- Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
- Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
- Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy which is not available on its competitor like WhatsApp and all others, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.
BBM will continue to evolve quickly : Later this year, BBM Channels will provide a forum for active, real conversations between you and the people, brands, celebrities, artists, service providers, communities and more, that matter to you.
By creating a Channel, individuals and brands can engage their friends and communities in conversations sparked by their thoughts, ideas and passions. Subscribing to a Channel will let you join conversations with people who share your interests.
In addition, BBM Video calling and BBM Voice calling are planned for availability for Android and iPhone in a future version.
Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President BBM at BlackBerry said “BBM is loved by people who rely on fast, trusted messaging, along with the immediacy that our delivered and read statuses bring. Android and iPhone customers will soon join the BBM nation in its love of the “D” and “R” notifications.”