BBM coming to Android, iOS

BlackBerry plans to make its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service available for the first time to iOS and Android users later this year, subject to approval by Google Play and the Apple App Store.

The move will allow BlackBerry users to connect over BBM friends and family using other mobile platforms.

The announcement, made by CEO Thorsten Heins at the BlackBerry Live 2013 event in Orlando this week, drew the biggest reaction from the audience, says BlackBerry.

“The announcement made waves across the mobile community and definitely resonated with many. It’s a big step for our much-adored messaging platform that set the standard for mobile instant messaging with fast and reliable service and an added layer of engagement with delivered and read statuses,” the company said.

Heins also delivered several BlackBerry updates and unveiled the new, entry level BlackBerry Q5 smartphone for emerging markets at the event.

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