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Oct 15, 2013

BlackBerry Confirms BBM for iOS, Android Coming “Within Days” [Reuters]

Good news for both Android and iOS fans, as BlackBerry is very close to launching the highly anticipated BlackBerry Messenger application for their favorite platforms.

We reported yesterday that the Canadian company was working around the clock to fix the previous issues that had prevented it from completing the rollout of BBM for iOS last month and now we have more information on the matter. It appears that Frank Boulben, BlackBerry's chief marketing officer, told Reuters in an interview that he expected the BBM to launch on both iOS and Android “within days.” BlackBerry's rep claims that his company has already addressed all issues that led to a complete stop of the BBM for iOS deployment back in September. According to Boulben, there are no less than 6 million Android and iOS enthusiasts that have already pre-registered for the release of BlackBerry Messenger, not to mention those who already own the application on their devices.

For those unfamiliar, BlackBerry was forced to halt the launch of BBM for iOS after a beta version of its Android application leaked online and caused its server to overload. Several days ago, BlackBerry confirmed that it was testing a new version of BBM for Android and that it would resume the rollout of BBM for iOS as soon as the tests were successfully completed. BBM for iOS and Android has been met with tremendous interest from millions of users, which seems to have been taken BlackBerry by surprise. One of the best instant messaging applications available on the market will arrive on both iOS and Android platforms without some key features. For example, the application will not include BBM Video function, which allows users to make and take video calls over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

However, BlackBerry has confirmed that these features will be included as updates later on. Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming release of BBM for iOS and Android.

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