Cross-platform BBM getting closer: BlackBerry distributes beta invites

Back in May, BlackBerry announced what many of us had been talking about for years: the forthcoming availability of BlackBerry Messenger on non-BB platforms. Specifically, the company revealed its intention to deliver BBM apps for both iOS and Android phones (though phones alone: the idea of a tablet app has been specifically rejected for the time being) sometime this summer. We’ve been wondering when that might actually happen, and though we’ve heard some theories that didn’t pan out, today we’ve got some evidence of progress towards an eventual release, with news that select BlackBerry fans have been invited to beta test the apps.

While the screenshot below specifies the Android version, we’re told that a similar beta program is also underway for iOS users. Getting the public involved like this strongly suggests that the apps are nearly ready to go, and BlackBerry is hoping to do some late-stage bug cleanup and UI tweaking.

It might be pushing our luck to expect an August release, but we’d say having everything ready to go in September – hitting that summer release target – sounds very much in the cards.


Source: BBOS
Via: Mobile Syrup

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