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Official official: BBM hitting the App Store, Google Play store this weekend!

And so it’s official. BBM for both Android and iOS will be rolling out this week, this weekend to be exact.

BlackBerry made the big announcement over on their official blog (check it out here).

BBM for Android will begin its global debut on September 21, 7am EDT, and is compatible with ‘droids running on ICS and Jelly Bean.

BBM for iOS, meanwhile, will roll out the next day, September 22, and is compatible with iPhones running on either iOS 6 or iOS 7.

As for features, here’s the initial feature set line-up as posted on their blog:

  • BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
  • More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
  • Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
  • Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
  • Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.

If you don’t have friends/family using BBM, feel free to pass on this one because that’s its only real come-on – getting you connected to the BBM network.

If you’re on the hunt for a serious messaging app, you can try Facebook Messenger, GroupMe and/or Hangouts. What I love about these three apps is they come with web support. Meaning, you can still be kept in the loop and enjoy chatting, even without your trusty smartphone by your side.

Now, can BBM do that? ‘Nuff said!

Allan David

Allan David

Online, Allan’s got you covered as far as news (and some reviews every now and then) goes. Offline, you’ll see him either sweating it out in the badminton courts or dining out in one of the new restos around town. His favorite noodles: cold soba.

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