That’s right BBM fans – the iconic mobile social network will begin rolling out for Android and iPhone customers around the world. As you may know BBM was previously exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones, and it will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store.
On both Android and iPhone the app will offer single and group chat options – the latter allowing for up to 30 people in a single group chat – as well as file sharing.
BBM currently has 60 million monthly active users, with over 10 billion messages going through the system every single day. The company claims users are much more likely to read and respond to BBMs than messages on competing services or text messages.
There are lots of those, however, and they are growing much faster than BBM. Popular rival WhatsApp, for instance, has more than 200 million users.
BBM Video and Voice calling, already available to BlackBerry users, will be available to iOS and Android users in a future version.
You’ll need to make sure that your phone is running Android 4.0 or above, or iOS 6 and above if you’re an iPhone user, with the apps launching through the Play Store and App Store respectively as free downloads.