BlackBerry's once-exclusive messaging platform could make its multi-platform debut later this month, but will it hold its own against the likes of iMessage and others?
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BlackBerry Messenger could make its iOS debut on June 27 [Updated with statement from BlackBerry]

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Update: The T-Mobile UK tweet in question has been deleted and BlackBerry has issued the following statement, confirming our suspicions that this date could be anything but official:

“We haven’t announced a date other than BBM for iOS and Android is coming this summer.”

The original report follows.


T-Mobile UK may have just stolen BlackBerry’s thunder, revealing that their BlackBerry Messenger app for iOS and Android will launch on June 27th. The carrier tweeted the above image showcasing the messaging platform running on a Samsung Galaxy S3, but made sure to make mention of iOS support as well.

We’ll wait for an official confirmation before we start migrating our conversations away from other services, however. There is a chance that the date (and possibly the less-than-perfect photoshopped image) originates from a since-removed unofficial BlackBerry Twitter account and blog. So keep your salt shaker nearby.

The once BlackBerry exclusive service was announced for multi-platform support last month, though at the time no specific date was associated with its launch. The release of the app comes at a time when BlackBerry’s mobile market share has reached all time lows and the company is seeking to diversify their stake. Despite its popularity among BlackBerry users, BBM will face an uphill battle against other services such as Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, and Apple’s own iMessage.

[via The Verge]

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