BBM rumoured to come to Windows Phone 8, tablet, desktop, and web

Ian Hardy

October 22, 2013 2:41pm

Now that BlackBerry has made BBM for iPhone and Android available we can shift our attention towards what’s next. We recently saw BlackBerry execs quickly demo a mirrored version of the app on a desktop and if the rumour circulating on Twitter is correct then we’ll eventually see this rolled out to the masses.

According to Twitter account “BlackBerry Scoop” – who’s been reliable in the past – BlackBerry will indeed come to market with a desktop version, plus also expand the app to fit tablets (iPad and Android). In addition, for all the Windows Phone 8 users out there, apparently BlackBerry is working hard to bring BBM for Windows Phone to you, too.

Sounds like a good move, especially if the company is shifting towards a core ‘enterprise and prosumer market.’ Time will tell.

Source: Twitter

  • Andrw

    Now if bbm supports video calling feature, then Skype may have a new challenger.

    • Acer12345

      It will in the upcoming update(s).

    • king125

      Coming by the end of the year. I agree the quality of BBM Video and Voice Calls are amazing.

    • Ahmed de Mesa

      tango is available for video calling

    • J-Ro

      They don’t even allow their users to change their BBM tone. The iOS app will be the bare bones version of BBM.

    • J-Ro

      Yeah. As a BB and Droid user, that made no sense to me. But I don’t think iOS users even notice.

    • midnightdoom

      I have z30 and my friend has z10. We tested out bbm video and Skype video.. bbm video hands down was better. On blackberry at least

  • Will

    nooooo… BlackberryScoop is not reliable at all! Please don’t spread his BS.

  • Craig Pakkala

    I have BBM installed on my nexus and it’s ok …. just ok. What I don’t like is that it’s not cross platform (like Hangouts) and I can’t run it on 2 devices simultaneously or use it on a PC. Hangouts needs to get SMS integration out asap if it wants to lead the market.

    • teddygramz2060

      THEY NEED TO FIX THE PING AND THE ADDING THINGS I ADD PEOPLE AND ITS SAYING ITS NOT ON MY LIST FIX THE SOUNDS LOL THANK U LOVE BBM THANKS FOR COMMING BAC

    • iPlunks

      Hangout is not cross platform. It is on android, IOS and I’m guessing desktop. Not on blackberry, nor windows phone nor Symbian/Nokia. Skype, whatsapp and as we are BBM (I won’t hold my breathe) are cross platform

    • Craig Pakkala

      Gtalk is available on Blackberry (same as Hangouts)

      …. and who really cares about Windows Phone or Symbian …. cmon.

    • iPlunks

      Gtalk and hangout are NOT the same….. Their are plenty thay care about WP and or Symbian…. Well not so much as symbian anymore. Nice try though, trying to trick ppl into thinking you’re smart

  • Andrew K.

    lol, blackerryscoop reliable? They just tweet a lot of rumours and eventually they are right at least once.
    They’ve been wrong more times then they have been right.

  • gommer strike

    One thing I immediately noticed. The app insists that the BBM icon stays in the top left corner of your Android screen(normally reserved for notifications).

    If you attempt to turn that icon off, it tells you that, should you turn it off, you may not receive messages in a timely manner or if “your device is low on memory”. This appears to be the case where the app is not optimized or not fully written as a true messaging app? Whatsapp doesn’t require that…

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      You can remove the icon on the settings screen, but the service is always running just like with whatsapp

    • gommer strike

      Sure, but they warn you also that should you do that – you might not receive messages on time? Can any of you guys test this?

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      Not sure, but I do receive my messages right away without the icon showing. It might be something else, as far as I know removing the icon from the notification bar does not affect the application performance or notification timings.

    • MatroXX

      Seems to still run the service in the background to send messages through, just that I think having the notification on constantly will ensure that it gives you instant notifications right when your phone receives the message and mainly prevents the service from stopping if you start running resource hungry apps.

    • Tony Sarju

      They are using an old API to get messages delivered in the background. For whatever reason they did not implement Android’s Cloud Messaging API which allows you to get around a persistent notification and also uses less battery power. For a new app to not utilize this is confusing.

    • gommer strike

      It makes me wonder if they coded this for Gingerbread or something.

    • nimble_jack2

      BBM is always running, hence the always present icon. Not a big deal.

  • NFLPLAYBOOK

    I hope it’s soon. This would be a big boast for BBM.

  • Anaron

    BBM for WP8 would be greatly appreciated. I moved on from BlackBerry back in February 2013 but I’d like to use BBM again. I have a couple of friends that use it and one of them refuses to use WhatsApp.

    • Tony Sarju

      I never did understand those BB people who refuse to embrace a cross platform messenger like WhatsApp. It’s just rediulous. I know two people like that, one of them went out and bought an S3 instead of just installing WhatsApp on his BB. I don’t get it.

    • Anaron

      Some people are resistant to change. The same friend i mentioned went through at least 4 BlackBerry devices because he kept losing them. He’d misplace it or it would be stolen. I told him he should consider Android now that it has BBM. Maybe then he’ll use WhatsApp.

  • sicsicpuppy

    BBM ….must be from a cool new company

  • Sean Raphael Jacob

    Hope this helps them push bbm to the top 3 of messaging apps

  • Raj Singh

    That’d be cool to see it on all major platforms, WP8 and Windows 8 included. I just got mine working last night but, same thing, I have a few buddies on BBM that refuse to use WhatsApp. Weirdos! Plus, I had the chance to talk to a few of my cousins that I haven’t spoken to in a while. Overall, I’m happy to see BBM on my Xperia Z Ultra. Still kinda trippy to see it on a non BB device.

  • rjmlive

    I can’t grasp what’s in it for BB tho.. seriously. Millions and millions in cost of infrastructure.. for what return?

    • Victor_Creed

      BBM Channels is an inevitability on iOS and Android, and I think the goal is to monetize BBM channels.

    • J-Ro

      It will likely rival Pintrest and Twitter. Lots of potential in channels.

  • Tom

    If BBM has a desktop mode with calling, then Viber could see some true competition. I still have Whatsapp installed but have been using Viber more and more because of its desktop app and its calling features. However, the desktop app is not as refined as I’d like.

  • Dan

    Please release for Windows Phone 8 soon!

  • JimCanuck

    BBM for iOS already support iPad, provided the iPad supports iOS 6 or later.