BBM for Android and iOS now available for download

The BBM messaging app that was scheduled to launch last month is now available to users on iOS and Android

By Sameer Mitha Published Date
22 - Oct - 2013
| Last Updated
22 - Oct - 2013
BBM for Android and iOS now available for download

BlackBerry has announced the launch of the BBM messaging app for iOS and Android. The app is available to users for download from the Google Play store, Apple App store and select Samsung App stores for free.

If you are one who had registered on, then you can download the app and begin using the BBM services. If not, here’s what you need to do:
Download BlackBerry Messenger for Android or iPhone
Install the app, open it, and enter your email address
BlackBerry will email you when you’re next in line for access

The BBM Blog reads, “If you are among the millions that took the time to sign up at, you can start using BBM immediately without waiting in line (Samsung customers in Sub-Sahara Africa can download BBM today from the Samsung Apps store. iPhone and other Android users in Africa will be able to download the app in three days’ time.). If you didn’t sign up in advance, don’t worry – we are focused on moving millions of customers through the line as fast as possible.”

The question still remains as to how much time a new user will have to wait before he gets the approval email from BBM. If it takes too long, some users may just get frustrated and shift to the large library of other messaging apps available.

The BBM app for iOS and Android was originally scheduled for launch on September 21. The app was pulled back as a lot of users were able to side load it on their smartphones due to the leaked APK.

The BBM blog reads, “About six million people signed up for information about BBM at As you know, in just seven hours, about one million Android users were using the unreleased version of BBM for Android”.

Its nice to see that BBM has finally launched and now iOS and Android users can stay in touch with family and friends that refuse to get rid of their BlackBerry. The BBM messaging app has some serious competition as we have a large library of cross platform messaging apps available such as WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, HipChat, Facebook Messanger, Line and more.

Source: BlackBerry Blog

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Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.