BBM for Android and iOS gets another rumored release date

By Bla1ze on 18 Sep 2013 06:14 am EDT
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When it comes to BBM for Android and iOS there has been a ton of rumored release dates tossed around. The latest rumor has the event pegged for Sept. 20th in Jakarta and even has an official looking invite to go along with it. However, we're not posting this information solely based on that. We've received quite a few emails that do suggest the date is correct and here's how it's all going to go down by order of launch timing:

  • Friday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: Android version published on Google Play
  • Friday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: BBM.com goes live
  • Friday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: CRM messages sent out to pre-registrants
  • Friday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: Follow-up CRM message sent out after full App Store deployment
  • Saturday, Sept 21st: BBM on iOS becomes available 12:01am EST in local time zones.

So, hopefully all this data will stick and we'll finally get to see BBM for Android and iOS roll out. Then, we can finally put an end to all the silly rumors and speculation surrounding the release and you know, drive your Android and iOS friends crazy by telling them to download it, because they totally should when it becomes available.

113 comments

djsrt

Lol!

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Stevenojobs

No audio or video, LOL in 2013, i think they try to sink the ship faster. The first version of whatsapp allowed that... That's ridiculous sorry

Supa_Fly1

This restriction could be due to ports not available in existing API's for I en or both platforms most likely on iOS.

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Stevenojobs

I don't think because whatsapp use the API all developers have on iOS so it's available no ? Or I don't understand your message

maneck35

I was hoping it would be today :(

IJKBB10

Just a few more days

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avatsaev

don't worry it's coming soon

bbmtna

Famous last words....

KDLover

Coming soon as per usual.

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Siya10

What a dumb game ^^

Can't wait anymore till I can call all my iPhone friends and tell them to download BBM!

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Siya10

You deleted my ' first ' post... thanks for censoring !!!

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Bla1ze

You're welcome. I saved you from yourself.

Camelhmpz

Thanks!

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Siya10

Yes thank you so much!

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tan_okan

How are we going to invite our friends?

Tan Okan Z10

beubeu67

As usual: call them, prepare dinner, choose wine and wait.

tan_okan

Thank you :D

Tan Okan Z10

wjrcoop

With that dusty old app nobody uses any more: phone :)

underway99

Phone? Is there an app for that?

3hb78ftg

Send them a message with WhatsApp inviting them to download BBM and add your PIN.

SILENCE!!! For I have spoken...

itsyaboy

Sure hope your sources got things right. All those false rumors are hurting BlackBerry's reputation, even if they can't be responsible for it.

Fnen90

False rumors started because of BlackBerry's fault.

djraz_official

Instead of censoring posts of folks who like to waste space by saying first. I'd suggest looking at mistakes within the article because that's perhaps more important than taking care of firsts

Saturday, Sept 21th: BBM on iOS becomes available 12:01 am EST, Saturday Sept 21st in local time zones.
Saturday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: Follow-up CRM message sent out after full App Store deployment

Yeah. Clearly Saturday seems to exist on both the 21st and 20th

Only a fool thinks they know me.

Bla1ze

I was sorting the fact that New Zealand will see it first. Friday Sept 20th at 7am EST..but whatever.. fixed up.

stabstabdie

You don't need to explain yourself to us commoners Bla1se

Crackberrykills

Why is everyone always picking on Bla1ze? I have a secret for those who do: he does not care. So, you might as well just stop doing that. Thanks.

gregorylkelly

I think it's because Bla1ze likes to call people out in the forums all the time when they make a silly comment. I have no problem with this from Bla1ze, as long as he is willing to take it back in his article's comments, which he does with cleaver responses. I makes it fun for everyone to have a love hate relationship with Bla1ze.

djraz_official

If pointing out that you've made an error is picking on someone then fantastic. Bla1ze loves to delete posts that say the ignorant first or whatever which is his right if he so chose, however always ensure before you pick on someone that you are standing tall and right :). Lol I've seen him delete my first post a long time back. I didn't care. Seriously it's actually annoying when people do that so no issue there. I'm just about facts and getting them right ;). Believe me, lol if I wanted to pick on Bla1ze I'd do it on twitter :). But it appears he states he is a fellow Canuck so he will get his trophy when I'm out there spinning in Halifax next time :D

Only a fool thinks they know me.

Nezgar

Isn't it EDT until November? New. Zealand has to wait until 7am. North american eastern time, not their local time zone? If it's 'local time' I would think 'EST' doesn't apply.

jaatjaglan

what a foolish thing< make it avail for all

stooy leown

Agreed. This should be released all across the board. Me personally, don't think it should be released with video and chat etc. Release a "full" ready app.

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stooy leown

s/with/without.

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Gnomesane

And squeaks in and makes the summer deadline. At least I hope so, or there's going to be another round of threads on the forums about BlackBerry missing targets...

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RubberChicken76

There already has been, since July. "Summer is ending soon, BlackBerry misses promises".

People just like to generally ... complain.

iqnetcomdotca

So true!

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Easy-G

Would be pretty cool to see a strong BBM launch coinciding with all the new iPhones in people's hands.

JhonHartQnx

In love with my phone!! More than ever

An Amazing Z10 Black since Day one

Dave Bourque

Sounds legit and official.

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sergey_IL

Is BBM for iOS 64-bit app?

cody_niz

Highly overkill if it is 64-bit

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djdragon

Yes it is.

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Thesmartmale

Is it too hard to launch on android and ios on thr same

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Plazmic Flame

As we've seen, the Androd app is good to go but as they've stated, they submitted the app to the Apple App Store weeks ago and it only takes 4-5 days to get an app approved. Apple is being a b**** an we've seen this before in the past...

w0qj

Think we all know that rival platforms will try to stall BlackBerry's BBM entry into their platform (especially Apple App Store).

~The REAL problem is, BlackBerry management should have announced BBM entry into rival platforms (especially Apple), *Only*After* Apple had approved the BBM App for Apple App Store.

BlackBerry management (or lack thereof) shot at its feet yet again, by announcing well in advance with a "before summer is over" self-imposed deadline of cross-platform BBM Apps.

This shows the quality of BlackBerry management (or lack thereof); they are reduced to announcing half-baked products well in advance, with rival platforms either copying BlackBerry's features (witness WhatsApp Video chat), or other platforms actively sabotaging/delaying BlackBerry's plans (witness the "delay" in approving BBM on Apple App Store).

Never count on your chickens until they are hatched.

world traveler and former ceo

Lets get all our non blackberry friends to download the BBM app .. make it go to number one global ASAP!!! that would be a huge boost to BLackberry!

Plazmic Flame

That's the plan but a little hard to do with the app not being out. Kinda wish I never opened my mouth about it so many months ago though...

Brandon Orr

agreed, I've told my iphone friends at least 3 times about rumoured dates. Now I've just given up. They can find out, if they find out, when it comes.

erott

What better time for a new market campaign. Z30, 10.2, Bbm multi. Here's another kick at the can boyos. Can we please see some affective North American advertising.

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Spades1234

I'm worried a lot of this positivity will be dumped on next week! Ugh.

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burtd06

#BBMFORALL

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fast666

Great news. People stop whining.

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Red_Berry_21

:/ i sure hope that this is true other wise there's gonna be another battle of the vikings and the dragons lol but yeah hurry up with this app there's too many rumor's going around and its not looking good for blackberry even tho its not there fault

n3wsm4n

Indonesia Sept 19 12 AM local time (GMT+7) launching bbm for Android & iOS

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qbnkelt

I CAN'T WAIT for this!!!!! Been wanting BBM on my nonBB devices FOR YEARS. SO HAPPY!!!!!!

Stevenojobs

Like always, they announce it like 9 months ago, do you imagine what represent 9 months in a world that moves so fast, they could have "fight" with whatsapp, but now it's over, only blackberry people will try to use it and then it will slowly die...

hf199

Can't wait

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iqnetcomdotca

Consider this... Once BBM is available to them, I will be advising my friends and family with Android / iPh to get it. If they don't and they continue text me, I will only reply to those texts with a link to their app store / bbm page.

Those that left BlackBerry and have those other platforms that don't get bbm will be give even more "special" treatment

iDon'tText

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KCXLT

That's my plan also.

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johnnyuk

I like this idea, reply to all texts and WhatsApp messages with something like:

"I've replied to your message using BBM!

Download the BBM app from...."

Make it seem like they are missing something and late to the party because it's an app they don't have yet.

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Notcho

I called it the 20th

Sent from The Legendary Zed10

menshawy

Sweet Friday, show me some goodies

McCorp

One tidbit that I've never been able to get my head around is, will OS7 devices still require BIS to use BBM with the roll-out? If so, I believe this to be a flaw in their approach.

Douken

All that info is very specific for a rumor

Marketing is everything

blackberryrockandroll

way to go, blackberry!!!

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bonwill

Blackberry.. should come out and inform the date NOW!!

Jtaylor1986

Great how they released it the very last day of summer. I'm glad they are hitting their deadlines now....

aihsanuddin

In Indonesia, blackberry hold the event tomorrow afternoon. From what I heard the are inviting media and biggest community of android and iphone users in Indonesia. So, that must be it..

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Kobe Barksdale

About damn time

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RedRangerReid

I'm just going to tell my friends don't call me unless it's over bbm lol or message me. Also I think I'm more excited because now I don't have to give out my phone number anymore! Yayyy

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Ashwin Rajpal

how many BB fans will be going over to Andriod now? Better camera, better specs, better screen, better support, better everything.... I assume there will be a flood of ppl abandoning BB now? Any thoughts

Volareman

I just don't think this number is going to be high-- they probably would have gone by now.

Naija4life

l use an iphone 3gs,is it compatible?

Antiqua

Why BlackBerry does not give definite date, but stay 2 more days, these are all just rumors again

Kiddo2050

Ugh Blackberry. Isn't the 21st the end of summer. Yes they meet their own "deadline" but why do they always have to push things to the last possible date within the time intervals they talk about, it really is the equivalent of missing the date. For one I wish they would surprise us with something early.

bbontherise47

BlackBerry didn't set a deadline! The people did. BlackBerry said later this summer, not Guaranteed BY end of summer. Apps in other app stores have to go through approval process and it is well documented that BBM was submitted to iOS over 3 weeks ago.

worldoftrixx

BBM should get wallpapers! That would be amazing.

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Mcwong

Free to download and in view of the hype surrounding the launch it may be an Antiaclimax if there's a hidden telco subscription fee for BIS which makes it costlier than whatsapp 0.99 a year. BB has the habit of reversing early successes lately. BB devices have to subscribe to Bis to use bbm so how about non bb phones?

Antiqua

BB for BB10 devices now have no use anymore BIS, BBM can also use wifi, except for BB OS7 devices

50 Brent

So many complaints and petty concerns on here. BBM will be released this weekend and go cross platform. It is here and that is all that matters. Some of your Crapple friends are going to jump all over this opportunity, others just aren't going to care and will continue to text or Whatscrapp because they are complacent or just don't know anything otherwise. 19th, 20th, 21st... it doesn't matter. It was released before the end of the summer, as promised, and this thing isn't going to go #1 overnight in any case. It is going to take some marketing from BlackBerry and educating of others from those of us that see the true value of BBM.

jaiskywalk

Whatscrapp lol. Perfect comment

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Stevenojobs

BBM has no video or audio features on iOs and Android. Even the first version of whatsapp did better... Sorry but BBM is screwed

jefftam68

Considering that each device will get a unique PIN, just like BB's do, will we be able to do PIN to PIN messaging between devices? I think not, but just wondering...

extisis

PINs are for BlackBerry devices... i believe iOS and Android users just need to have (or create) a BlackBerry ID.

BB_Bmore

Blackberry please work hard to get the features of asap! Can't wait!

Drew 2

Do we really have to share BBM with those who don't want or support Blackberry?

Pilot Prop

i hope these dates hold true

IB_blackberry4life

I love how it's coming out the day after ios 7 launches.... hey iPhone now that you made your phone all pretty how bout you make it useful and download BBM

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ellash

Hope it's real. I keep telling android and ios users the wrong dates. Just trying to create some excitement with family and friends. Goto say it plenty of hype in UK at the min. Come back BlackBerry we love ya

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anon5897078

Any idea if the video chat is going to be available for iOS?

B3t0

I'm waiting anxiously to have BBM again now on my S4!!!!!!

dmurillo3

Why am I not excited about this?...

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Guest Account

No bbm is coming to android and IOS! They have been postponing it since.

embeemania

Welcome BBM, 13:00 West Central Africa Time on Friday

Albayt Kirom

Maybe next year, or maybe worst...rim has no balls to release bbm on android or ios

yeosy1962

I'm curious to understand, blackberry 10 phone how it,s work on download andorid and iPhone app.
1. Which is app platform should I visit.
2. Blackberry phone do addition side load and andorid runtime .
3.how to upgrade android apps , on blackberry phone.
4. Blackberry phone had built in hybrid o's to operates both apps .please advise, thank you.

FTMFW

My question is am I able to use my current z10 pin cross platform?

Winston Loh

Will be interesting to see the reaction and how many Android and Apple users adopting BBM...

Rafagon

I think you guys have to update the story. Now it's gonna be on the 22nd, not the 21st. Damn, Blackberry! No wonder you're going under.

randomroyalty

I got this funny idea the delayed launch came down to a patent issue, which might explain the restricted feature set.

That and my BBM voice has been really unreliable lately, with both me and my GF on LTE.

GrandMstrBud

I think they meant 2014 in the year

stlscott18

I'm not a master of BB products yet so bear with me: The idea behind having BBM available on IOS and Android would be to allow corporations to put IOS and Android devices on BES, right? Please help. Also, with BBM going to IOS, would this also allow me to facetime with IOS users with My Q10? I'm assuming in their BBM app, the feature will be available. What else is unique about BBM going to IOS and Android if / when it will be released? I sent a BBM invite to my wife's Iphone last night and it simply took her to the Blackberry website.