BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is now available to download on Android and iOS devices.
BlackBerry originally planned to make BBM available to download on Google's Android and Apple's iOS platform a month ago. However, an earlier version of the software was unintentionally released on Google Play which caused problems with the finalised version.
Consequently, BlackBerry were forced to pull the application and temporarily disable the messaging service. The good news is that BBM is now available to download free from both Google Play and Apple's App Store. Those who signed up for BBM email alerts - a whopping 6 million of you did - can now download the application and begin using the service immediately.
New users will have to submit an email when they first run the application and then wait for BlackBerry to authorise your account. It's a pretty embarrassing situation for the company, but they can't risk the service crashing by allowing users with the older version of the application connecting.
BlackBerry Messenger enables users to chat with friends free whether they are on BlackBerry, Android or Apple mobiles. You can also send files, photos, documents and even voice notes. Back in December the BlackBerry version of BBM got free voice-calling and we expect the Android and iOS versions to get the feature later this year!
There has been huge interest in BlackBerry Messenger, so let's just hope that everything runs smoothly - after a particularly bumpy start. If the application doesn't deliver then users are likely to switch to a rival service, such as Viber, Facebook Messenger or Skype.
By Simon Thomas on 22nd October, 2013