September 18, 2013 2:17pm
Update, Saturday 9:00am: BBM for Android is coming today and iPhone tomorrow at 12:01am EST. While we were expected it to hit Google Play at 7:00am EST, Google is taking its sweet time. BlackBerry noted on Twitter that “Stay tuned here for global roll out updates today!” ^IH
It’s official, folks!
BBM is coming to Android on September 21st — that’s this Saturday — and to iPhone a day later. The popular instant messenger is coming to the world’s two largest mobile ecosystems only days after BlackBerry announced its latest handset, the Z30.
The Android version will be compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich devices and above, and will be in the Play Store at 7am ET on Saturday morning.
iPhone users will have download access via the App Store at 12:01 AM on Sunday, September 22nd in each region.
The company also says that the initial feature set, which is limited compared to the BlackBerry 10 version, will “evolve quickly.” BBM Channels, BBM Video calling and BBM Voice are all coming to Android and iOS in a future update, according to a press release.
Like BlackBerry devices, each BBM user will have a PIN that can be shared with others to quickly connect, and it will carry over to other devices with a BlackBerry World account.