Back in May BlackBerry confirmed that they'd making BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) available on Android and iOS devices. Things have been pretty quiet since, but BlackBerry have now begun testing the application on both platforms.
Invitations have been sent out to select users to take part in a private beta test. If your one of the lucky ones selected you should get an email inviting you to take part , but you'll need either an Android device (Android 4.0 or later) or an Apple device (iOS 6 or later).
Presumably, those will be the minimum specifications when the application becomes available to download. In the original announcement BlackBerry claimed that BBM would launch on Android and IOS devices "this summer", so it should be available to the public before the end of the month.
BlackBerry are taking a risk launching their messenger client on other platforms, because it's one of the major reasons people buy BlackBerry smartphones. They'll be hoping Android and iOS users enjoy the software so much they feel compelled to buy a BlackBerry device.
However, cross-platform messaging clients arn't exactly thin-on-the-ground with Skype, Facebook Messenger, Viber and many more already available from Google Play and iTunes. We're interested to see how BBM fares against its rivals - as soon as 3G hear more about its launch you'll be the first to know.
By Simon Thomas on 05th August, 2013