Wednesday, 23 October 2013

BBM – The most awaited messenger service now goes cross-platform

It had to happen sooner or later. With BlackBerry shares falling over time, it was evident that they made their traditional BBM service go cross-platform. There was a lot of debate whether BlackBerry would initially do it or not, but today, they announced it. It is now official and available on both platforms – Android and iOS.

BBM needs no introduction. It has been used extensively between BlackBerry users since ages. The messenger service is extremely popular world over. But the idea of not making it available on other platforms was not a very good on the long run. We will go straight into reviewing the Android version of the BBM. The app is free, 13MB in size and works on 4.0 version and above.

But, here’s the catch! The messenger is not available right away to play around with. You will have to download the app, enter your email and wait for an invitation to get started. However, if you were one of the few who showed early interest in the company’s site, you are taken into the app instantly. Simply enter the email, get verified, and start messaging. Company spokesman said that around 6 million users can access the BBM already.

The primary reason to have this invitation based access is to overcome the server clog issues that company faced when it first released it a month ago. Well, it makes sense from their point of view. Looking at the overwhelming response it was very essential to do this.

We still have no official announcement on its availability on Windows and how long it might take to clear the long queue. Stay tuned because we will also cover in detail the app on both Android and iOS.

But, in the world of Whatsapp and iMessage are users really patient to wait in queue to use BBM? Well, maybe and may not be. What do you think? Comment below and share your views.