After a bit of delay, the BBM app from BlackBerry Limited has been officially launched on Android. The popular messaging or chat app is now ready for download from the Google Play Store. It was supposed to be available for download weeks ago but BlackBerry decided to delay the availability due to a cited early leak of the app.
In any case, if you have been using a BlackBerry device before and recently switched to Android, you will find BBM familiar. BBM used to be officially called BlackBerry Messenger and before WhatsApp and other messaging apps like Line or Kakao Talk became popular, it was BBM which started it all.
BBM for Android has the following descriptions based on the app’s page.
Chat with friends on Android, BlackBerry and iPhone:
• BBM is always on and always connected – no app to open
• Know when messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s)
• Share photos, files, documents, voice notes and more
• See when contacts are responding to your message
• Emoticons for every mood and emotion let you express yourself
BBM lets you protect your privacy. You control it:
• You chose how to share your information – BBM uses PINs instead of phone numbers or email addresses so that it’s more private, and you always control who can contact you
• You chose your contacts – 2-way opt-in means you have control over who is able to message you
Chat and Share with many at once:
• Groups – BBM groups help you share pictures, lists, and appointments with group members. You can even be in a group with people who aren’t part of your own BBM contact list.
• Multi-person chats – Invite multiple contacts to have a chat together.
• Broadcast messages – Send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.
Create your own BBM profile:
• Post a profile picture using images, pictures or even animated pictures (GIFs).
• Update your status to let people know what you’re up to or how you feel
BBM is not yet available for iOS as of this writing but it should also be available for download on the platform very soon.