BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research in Motion, has officially resumed the rollout of its long-awaited BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) apps for iOS and Android devices. The company originally planned to release its BBM apps for iOS and Android late last month, but those plans were abruptly pushed back after an incomplete Android version apparently not intended for release was leaked on file-sharing sites before BlackBerry could get the official one out. The unintended launch caused issues that the company needed to resolve. Now, finally, both the Android and iPhone apps have gone live again.

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for iPhone

Get the free BBM app for the best way to stay connected with friends and family

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

 

Free Download BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android & iPhone

Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser.

Alternatively here are the direct links to the app:

  • BBM for Android: Google Play. Requires Android 4.0 and up
  • BBM for iPhone: iTunes App Store.  Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Samsung customers in Sub-Sahara Africa can download BBM today from the Samsung Apps store. iPhone and other Android users in Africa will be able to download the app in three days’ time

However, there is a catch; not everyone will be able to use it immediately! Due to high demand for the app and in order to ensure a smooth rollout, BlackBerry is utilizing a queue system as part of the launch. Users who signed up at BBM.com, will get a headstart and should be able to use BBM on their Android or iOS device immediately. But those who didn’t sign up will have to register and wait for an email before they can activate the app.