BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) version 2.0 for iOS is here, and there's a whole heck of a lot of great new stuff included for us to get our social on. The big news is that BBM Voice and BBM Groups have finally escaped BlackBerry 10 exclusivity, and that's before we even look at location sharing and everything else involved. Fortunately, no-one knows BBM like our buddies over at CrackBerry, and they've got us covered with a full look at what's new!
CrackBerry Kevin and Cali Lewis of GeekBeat are live at CES 2014 and had a chance to talk to BlackBerry about BBM 2.0. Along with talking about where BlackBerry Messenger is going, Alex Kinsella also gives us a quick demo of some of the new features the update brings...
No matter how many claims of "no-one cares" we might hear, there are clearly tons of people who do care about BBM. BlackBerry has today provided some figures for the first proper week of cross-platform life for their messaging platform and it looks like good news all round. BBM now has 80 million active users, having gained 20 million since launching on Android and iOS. And those are some good numbers.
Now that BBM has officially launched in the App Store, you can start communicating with all of your friends across iOS, BlackBerry, and Android. BBM may look and feel a little different than the messaging clients you're already used to so here are some tips and tricks to getting up and running with BBM for iPhone:
After the first launch of BBM on iPhone suffered massive issues and was eventually halted, we've been left wondering when, if at all, we may see the messaging service again. According to a report on Reuters, BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben expects a launch 'within days.'
BBM's much anticipated launch on Android and iOS very publicly didn't go according to plan this past weekend, resulting in the release being halted. While some iPhone owners in locations such as New Zealand and across Asia managed to snag a copy before it was pulled, for the rest of us, we're not likely to see it return to the App Store this week. At least, not according to Andrew Bocking, the man in charge of BBM at BlackBerry:
This week might be all about iOS 7 and the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but somewhere in the background BBM for iOS may finally appear too. The latest rumors suggest before the week is out, BlackBerry's messaging service may finally go cross platform following a launch event in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Update: No longer a rumor, it's now official. BBM will be launching on Android and iOS on Saturday September 21.
A landing page for BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android has appeared online briefly. The page initially announced that "BBM for Android and iPhone is Here", though the app is obviously not available for either platform yet. However, the site did have buttons to take you to each app when they go live eventually.
The user guide for BlackBerry Messenger for iOS has accidentally appeared online. The 13-page guide is pretty standard fare with no images, and outlines features like creating a Blackberry user account and viewing the profiles of other BBM users