BlackBerry has finally made BBM for Android live in Google Play today. BBM for Android only works with smartphones running Android 4.0 or above. Initially scheduled to launch last month, the release was canceled at the last moment because of some technical glitches as around one million Android users installed the leaked beta version of the app and flooded BlackBerry servers.
To counter the problems faced last time , BlackBerry is not opening BBM for use at once for all. While all Android users will be able to download BBM right away, they will need to enter their email address to get in the queue to use BlackBerry Messenger and once their turn arrives, the company will inform them. This way, the company will be able to keep out millions of Android users from flooding its servers at once and ruining its second roll-out plans.
BBM will be competing with the likes of Whatsapp, Line, WeChat and several other messaging services available on Android. Despite the huge messaging app crowd, BBM for Android is still expected to rake in big number of downloads in markets like South-east Asia, India and Africa, where BBM is popular.
It also offers a few advantages over its rivals like optional anonymity (users are identified via their PIN numbers and don’t need to share a phone number or email address). It is also more secure and encrypted than its competitors as it uses BlackBerry’s private network.
Take a look at the features of BlackBerry Messenger for Android:
- Real-time conversations with friends/ contacts on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. BBM also lets you know that your message has been delivered and read. In addition, you can see if your friend is responding to the message.
- With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes.
- Multi-person chats – you invite up to 30 friends to chat together
- With Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
- Post Updates – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
To download BBM for Android from Google Play: Click Here
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