BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) got off to a rocky start on iPhone and Android when it was surprisingly launched (and then pulled) in September, but the free app is finally here for real and ready to connect the world’s most popular mobile operating systems with the remaining 60 million active users of BlackBerry smartphones. It’s a mostly capable messaging app, but it’s so tardy to the cross-platform messaging party that it faces an uphill battle due to strong competition.
Following its aborted first launch attempt several weeks ago, the artist formerly known as Research in Motion has returned with its BlackBerry Messenger app for iPhone and Android -- although you'll still have to wait to actually use it.
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This weekend was supposed to be a momentous occasion for iPhone and Android users who favor BBM as their preferred messaging app. Unfortunately, BlackBerry had to cut off the fun before it really ever got started.
The dust has finally settled, and iOS 7 is available for all to enjoy, despite a bumpy ride on Wednesday as millions of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users raced to update their devices all at once, buckling Apple's servers for a good portion of the day. Now the attention turns to Friday's arrival of the new iPhones, and the insanity begins all over again...
We got rumors and we got betas this week as Apple news moves into the summer's concluding month before the fall rumor season really heats up. Blackberry tries to stay relevant, some new games hit the consoles, and it feels like Apple TV is getting some of its due. More just like that inside.
Back in May, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced the company's BlackBerry Messenger service would be coming to iOS and Android later in the summer. It's been relatively quiet on that front since the news broke, but on Friday, the first invites for beta testers were sent out. According to BlackBerryOS, a handful of users who signed up on the Beta Zone (BlackBerry's version of Apple's Developer Center) were granted access to the app, with more expected to get into the beta in the coming weeks.