BlackBerry Releases BBM for Android and iPhone – For Real This Time

After a great deal of difficulties, BlackBerry is finally releasing its famous BlackBerry Messenger service for Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms—one month after it originally promised.

"I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe," wrote Andrew Bocking on BlackBerry's blog.

According to Bocking, within the next couple of hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play and the App Store.

"The demand for BBM on Android and BBM on iPhone continues to be amazing," he notes. "About six million people signed up for information about BBM at As you know, in just seven hours, about one million Android users were using the unreleased version of BBM for Android."

He added that more than one million people had "found creative ways to 'side load' BBM on their iPhone, which he found "incredible."

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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