BBM coming to Android on September 21st, iPhone on September 22nd

Daniel Bader

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.

  • Sweet

    So you do need a PIN. I stand corrected.

    • Tony Sarju

      Yes you do. You’ll be assigned a PIN outside of the normal range of BlackBerry device PIN’s.

    • Super_Deluxe

      I think it’ll be assigned with your BB ID, and if you want a new one, you’d have to create a new BB ID.

    • IJustGotaTan

      So many fake versions of BBM on the Play store. 8 from the same developer and he called his company Blackberry Inc to fool users to think it’s legit.

    • hi

      He even posted bbm pictures to make it legit. Also people can get bbm on iphone by tweaking time settings, google it.

      I think they’re waiting to hit 80k or 100k followers before releasing it on Android…

    • Sweet

      That’s pathetic.

    • hi

      This just in, BBM is pausing update. No BBM for iPhone or Android for now. Can’t post links so google.

    • Sweet

      Yeah, I just saw the news.

    • ryeyeyeyey

      blackberry can’t even keep a deadline on an app. why am i not surprised?

    • TheAnswer

      They can keep a deadline. Play Store is Google. Google if anything is the one delaying.

    • Sweet

      BB submitted their apps to the app stores ahead of time. It’s up to Apple and Google to make it available to the public. So blame them, not BB.

    • IJustGotaTan

      Wrong, Google’s submission process is automated. Their systems scan for any trojans but the process itself it pretty automated.

    • hi

      Yeah, when i submit apps, its instant. How come google is holding bbm and appstore not? Its apple who is more rigorous.

  • Tony Sarju

    Source?

    • Exikle

      it says the source is Marketwire at the bottom

    • Tony Sarju

      It didn’t have a source at the time the article was initially posted.

  • Yulet

    So they’re not releasing the BBM for iPhone in Summer (1 minute late)? BB don’t promise again!!! lol

    • Stimulator

      Summer ends on Sunday Sept 22nd at 4:44PM EDT this year.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Source?

    • Stimulator

      I need to quote sources for the positions of objects in the solar system? The druids at Stonehenge knew how to figure out the equinox times 4000 years ago, and their calculations still apply today.

    • Marc Palumbo

      its sarcasm, learn it

    • Stimulator

      I can see that his statement might appear to be an attempt at sarcasm, but if you read through his post history that doesn’t tend to be his style, so I call jack-assery.

    • rd0t

      They send “end of summer”. They took it the distance, but they technically made their deadline.

  • Nadefrenzy

    Android first… YESSS… that’s a fresh change for once…

    • Richard Xing

      Actually its already the App Store Australia and New Zealand as of now. But still no Android.

  • Top_Quark

    2 questions: Will the Android BBM app be free? and will it work just over Wi-fi as BBM requires a wireless data connection?

    • rd0t

      Android and iOS versions will be free and available through Google Play and App Store. As far as I know, BBM works with just a wifi connection and no sim in a Z10 so that should be the same with iPhone and Android devices.

    • Top_Quark

      thanks, free is better…..ok i didn’t know that BBM works on wifi only BB OS10 devices, my wife’s got a BB Torch 9810 (which has OS7) and BBM on that needs a data connection

    • Fido Web Hosting

      no, it works with wifi. i just tested it for the first time but that does not mean you can pick up a blackberry and start using bbm over wife. you have to validate bbid using 3g/4g/lte data, then you can turn off the data , even the mobile network and start using the bbm and bbm voice over wifi.. tested on Z10 and OS7 9810

    • Top_Quark

      can we validate the BB id by tethering from a 4G Android phone to a BB 9810?

    • tbaezs

      I don’t think you can start using BBM over your WIFE!!! totally different purposes!

      (Sorry for the bad joke… couldn’t help it)

  • vn33

    Can’t wait to try this out … Heck, if it is as good as people say it is, I will be on a crusade to convert all my friends/family from WhatsApp to this !

  • Hilman in Edmonton

    I can’t wait to NOT download it!!!!!

    • TheAnswer

      Hipster.

  • Rich

    Once this is released (finally), I’m a little scared of how long the other features such as BBM channels, calling, & voice will be (these features would really make BBM truly compelling and then instead of battling Kik, WhatsApp etc, they would be battling Skype, Facebook, etc.)

    Sorry BlackBerry, the only company that rivals you in “coming soon” is Blizzard.

  • AlexanderLong

    Why? I mean who will actually use bbm outaide the blackberry holders. Especially need to change PIN everytime device changes.

    • jroc

      Probably a bunch of people to be honest.

      Some people have work issued BlackBerrys and they’re unable to download apps like WhatsApp so they’re limited to BBM. Allowing iOS and Android users to install the app opens up the lines of communication to them a little further.

      Also, you don’t have to change your PIN every time you change a device, it’s attached to your BBRY ID, so it moves with you when you change phones (if you bothered to read you’d notice it said that in the write up).

      Further to that, it’s free. What do people have to lose in trying it out? If it performs like regular BBM it’ll be a step up from WhatsApp.

    • AlexanderLong

      I see. You know the last time I use blackberry was two yrs ago, and back then when I change the device, the PIN changed, so I had to inform everyone for that. Ironically, my Rogers plan still blackberry plan, and I live in waterloo(hometown of blackberry).

    • Guest

      but i never used Iphone, does it mean no one is using iphone out there. get atleast a part time job bro and move out of your parent’s basement.

    • AlexanderLong

      Sorry, I have trouble understandyour ccomments. First all, I never assume no one will use it, just didn’t see the neccesarity. And again, that is before I be informed bbm nowadays link.to.BB ID instead PIN.
      Second, sorry, I don’t live with my perants since they are not in Canada.
      Third, based on what you assume I need a part time job? As you want to know, I hold 4 degrees, including a bachelor in comptuer science. And just don’t assume things that you don’t know, which is not nice.

    • Guest

      lol…you hold a bachelor in computer science but can’t figure out how to operate a cell phone? Your one of the i****s I smile and nod to in an interview and say “don’t call us, we’ll call you”

    • TheAnswer

      Before getting all those degrees you should of completed basic English first…and who comes on to a website and starts boasting about education.

      “You can pay for school, but you can’t buy class.”

    • Jon Robinson

      Alexander – it used to be linked to the device PIN but that changed about 1 + yr ago. They linked your BBM to your BBID. That way when you switch devices you keep your contacts. Also, it’s an obvious way to back-up as well.

      MOST people don’t know about this though.

    • Mindmeld

      PIN still changes as it is tied to the device. However, when you sign on through your BB ID on your new BB device, it will ask if you want to transfer your BBM to the new device. Your contacts won’t even know you changed devices and their messages will automatically be routed to your new device/PIN.

    • Guest

      No, your PIN didn’t change. You obviously have no idea what your doing and are blaming the software for your ignorance. I’ve been using blackberrys for over ten years and I know for a FACT my BBID remained the same over multiple phones, don’t spread misinformation because your handicapped.

    • BMSMA

      PIN does change, BBID doesn’t.

    • Super_Deluxe

      Umm I think the whole world have used it atleast once and I’m sure they loved the experience (back when there were alot of people using it in NA) and I’m sure it’ll be a hit once again but this time with alot better phone choices.

      And I’m sure the PINs will be attached to your BB ID since it can’t be hard coded to your iOS or Android device so you’d just login to your BB ID whenever you get a new phone just like you do with you Google or Apple accounts.

  • MrHrvat

    This has as much appeal as loggin back into MSN Messenger or ICQ. Once again they are late to the party by a couple of years

    • Jon Robinson

      You should try it before dismissing. It’s a great experience.

    • MrHrvat

      LOL
      fanboy loser

  • Henry

    I’m gonna give it a try :)

  • wildspin

    Too little too late … there are simply so many alternatives head and shoulders above BBM currently.

    • habsfan905

      That’s not true. There are many alternatives, but BBM is still the best. The closest rival is WhatsApp.

      As soon as BBM is available, WhatsApp will be disappearing from my phone.

    • danbob999

      Is BBM an open protocol? If not, it’s not the best at all. Phone and email succeeded because they are open standards. It’s only a matter of time before BBM, whatsApp, and all these crap fail.

    • Guest

      do you really know what is open protocol. dont just say it just because some other dudes are saying it

    • AlexanderLong

      Sorry, I have trouble understandyour ccomments. First all, I never assume no one will use it, just didn’t see the neccesarity. And again, that is before I be informed bbm nowadays link.to.BB ID instead PIN.
      Second, sorry, I don’t live with my perants since they are not in Canada.
      Third, based on what you assume I need a part time job? As you want to know, I hold 4 degrees, including a bachelor in comptuer science. And just don’t assume things that you don’t know, which is not nice.

    • badtaco

      Typical asshat. Forget aboot it.

    • danbob999

      Uh? Yes, I do. Who are the “other dudes”?

    • wildspin

      How can you afford to switch to BBM if your WhatsApp buddy list has several dozens or perhaps over a hundred head counts just like mine does?

      It’s simply ridiculous. :-)

    • thisiscjay

      Simple. 90 pct of those people will be on BBM. You’re welcome :)

    • skullan

      Well. I guess if you are starting to notice people not using whatsapp more, then you will begin to wonder where they went.

  • PT

    They should have done this 5 years ago. That would have save the company.
    This is far too late now. Greeded is what burned them.

    • Thomas C. Riddell

      a Liquadater will take BBM and Sell it to someone
      I hope the Microsoft or Google cause they get rid of it

  • Charlie Gaziano

    I’m excited! BBM is an extremely solid service to begin with. I’m sure we can expect nothing but the same solid experience on Android and iOS.

    BBRY has an advantage over other apps like WhatsApp, Kik, etc.
    That advantage being professional grade infrastructure.

  • Keegan

    I guess it wouldn’t make sense for them to release for WP because they’re such close competitors?

    • Mark

      Basically that would be their thinking about WP…Developing it for WP would give iOS and Android (top two OS’s out there) the app, and also the other OS that is threatening BB10 in market share. If they had it for WP then it would give all OS’s BBM and many people would not have a need to switch to BB10. This logic is trying to get people from iOS and Android over to BB10 instead of WP. It’s like they are trying to outcast WP so no one else buys it!

  • Austn Dee

    Will we be able to log in on ios with the same BBID we use for our BB?

    • Mike

      Hi there , i need to ask you experts out there. The BB phone have a pin linked to it. So if i go onto the s4 it means i will be able to get all my contacts like changing from a bb to a bb but will get a new pin. The bb ID stay the same ?? Am i correct.

    • thisiscjay

      Technically logic says you are both correct. I would expect this is how BlackBerry will implement it

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    anyone find the real on on the play store alot crap on there

    • clockwork

      Stay up for 6 more hours and it’ll show.

  • Kevin Dunphy

    If this isnt available in 15 minutes im gonna be soooo angry lol!

  • kiel

    Hmmm 7:19 nothing on google. #fail

    • clockwork

      Maybe the person to flip the switch on the app drank too much last night.

    • JaysonF

      Or maybe he/she was one of the 4,500 who lost their jobs.

    • clockwork

      It may need to propagate across all the servers. But join me in reporting all the fake bbm apps to.Google. lol

  • Trapper

    So it’s 8am and I can’t find anything legit in the play store. Is the 7:01am Pacific time?

    • dracos

      Maybe its UTC-12 time zone lol, that would put it here about 1 PM EST I think lol, not Wonder their ship is sinking, cant even release a simple app on time

  • Eduardo

    So? Where is it?

  • BMSMA

    Don’t try installing any of them from the Play store yet, they’re all fake. :(

    • clockwork

      and now check your phone for viruses/trojans if you did.

    • BMSMA

      Using what?

    • clockwork

      lookout, avast…

  • Art Vandelay

    The leaked version .42 is working just fine now…….I will probably uninstall it later. None of my friends still use blackberry not to mention BBM…..

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    Google need to clean up all the fakes

  • rookie8155

    Where is BBM for Android? I still don’t see it on Play store. Play store has tons of fake BBM apps. I don’t understand how Google allows fake people putting fake apps on their servers. It tells me there is no control.

  • Ronell  I.T. Man

    Google Logic = Allow Fakes and Delay the real app

  • clockwork

    From BlackBerry FB Page 2 hours ago: Thanks for your patience. Working hard to get you the real BBMASAP. We’ll let you know when it’s live. #BBM4ALL

  • D.Kim

    delay and lie, delay and lie. Good luck, BB.

  • DeeZ

    I’m done looking for it on Google Play. Went on Blackberry’s website and signed up for the email notification.

  • BMSMA

    Most of the fake ones had been removed but I see a few new ones now and flagged them

  • drewski

    This is why you don’t announce a massive layoff the day before a major release.

  • tedstriker3

    its funny how Blackberry can’t do ANYTHING right, not even release an app on time. No wonder they’re going bankrupt.

  • BB BB

    Still no sight of an android app that isn’t a hoax. What a disaster stating the exact time and yet another PR nightmare. #BBM4All

  • Jermally

    I have BBM channels BETA and I can’t talk to any of my friends using BBM :(

  • J-Ro

    I have BBM channels BETA and I can’t talk to any of my friends using BBM :(

  • Omis

    I dont see how this is blackberry’s fault. If anything it highlights the deficiency in google play store. Google not being in control of their own store is a big problem.

    • Eduardo

      “Pausing #BBM4All rollout to fix issues caused by unreleased BBM for Android app.” Yet another broken promise by bb

    • Omis

      Sounds like you are right. Supposedly the 1.1 million people activating the leaked copy hammered the servers. Now it sounds like a lot people but that is only the tip of the iceberg of the number of people that were going to activate it today. What was blackberry expecting? Once again they were caught with pants down. Maybe they want to fail.

    • Eduardo

      I really wonder if they leaked it on purpose to had someone else to blame for their incompetence. As much as I’d like them to make a comeback it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen (plus I haven’t forgiven them for the playbook not getting bb10)