At a Q&A during BlackBerry’s Security Summit in New York today, Enterprise Chief John Sims said that a native redesign is coming down the pipe for BBM on Android and iOS.
As BBM for Windows Phone hit the market, users noted that its design more resembled other Modern UI apps on the platform, while the Android and iOS versions stuck closely to the BlackBerry 10 Cascades visual stylings. Sims noted that, at the time, BlackBerry’s focus was to push Cascades as a brand, but since the company’s priorities have shifted, so too has its insistence on a specific aesthetic.Sims said that “a more native experience” is coming soon to the iOS and Android versions, a move that will certainly appease users of the respective platforms, since using BBM, with its right-side menu, takes some getting used to.
There’s no word on when the update(s) will hit the market, but it appears that engineers within BlackBerry are already at work.
BBM’s arrival on Windows Phone makes it one of the few true cross-platform messaging solutions.