Second Time’s A Charm

BlackBerry Messenger is finally rolling out on Android and iOS. Single file, people.

BlackBerry finally announced the release of its BlackBerry Messenger app for Android and iOS users. The free to download app was scheduled to roll out last month but failed due to demand strain on the servers.   BBM, which finally makes its way into the Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Samsung App Store, will be immediately available to those who have pre-registered during the launch. The rest of you V-not-so-IPs will have to wait in line.   To start using the service, here’s what you need to do: - Download the App from your respective Store - Install, Open and fill in your e-mail ID - Wait until you get confirmation that you’re next in line   We still can’t decipher why BlackBerry took this long to go cross platform. As of right now, the decision to come to iOS and Android puts it in direct competition with Whatsapp among other messaging apps. It’ll be interesting to see how BBM does, if the start is anything to go by, they’ll make light work of any competition out there.   A snapshot of the app's key offerings: - Send and receive messages of unlimited length - Confirmations as to when a message is received and read – now you can keep track of the people ignoring you. - Sharing of images, videos and other multimedia files - Filtering who you want to add to your chat – we’re fans of this one. Whatsapp allows anyone to get in touch with you. Sure they allowing blocking them but we prefer BBM’s approach. - Free calls over Wi-Fi networks

- GQ Staff

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