Better late than never.
BlackBerry will begin rolling out the once popular BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iPhone customers around the world from September 21.
The messenger, which was previously available only on BlackBerry phones, will be available on Google Play and the App store, the company said.
BBM for Android and iPhone features
BBM Chat – The messenger lets you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message. You can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes. It supports group chat & broadcasts to all your BBM contacts at once.
Post Updates- BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status.
Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN for privacy. You don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.
The company claims that it has more than 60 million customers on BlackBerry alone.
“The overwhelming majority use BBM an average of 90 minutes per day. BBM customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps,” said BlackBerry in a post.
BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x) beginning at 7AM EDT on September 21.
BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store schedule of 12:01 AM local time on September 22.
Later this year, BBM Channels will provide a forum for conversations between you and the people, brands, celebrities, artists, service providers, communities and more, that matter to you, said BlackBerry.
BBM Video calling and BBM Voice calling are planned for availability for Android and iPhone in a future version.
Earlier today, homegrown mobile company Micromax said that BBM will be available on its Canvas range of smartphones. The messaging service will come pre-loaded on new Micromax smartphones from the first week of October.