updated 01:26 pm EDT, Mon October 21, 2013
BlackBerry post says BBM coming for Android, iOS in hours
Monday saw the long-awaited launch of BlackBerry Messenger for smartphones on both Google's Android and Apple's iOS platform. BlackBerry confirmed the release of BBM for the world's leading mobile platforms today in a post to the company blog. The app is already live in Apple's iTunes App Store, and it is said to be live in Google's Play Store, but some users have reported difficulty in downloading the Android version.
BBM was slated to launch on both platforms earlier this year, but a leaked version of the Android app crashed BlackBerry's servers, and the company delayed the cross-platform messaging service until it could address those issues. BlackBerry says that more than one million Android users and more than 1.1 million iPhone users had side-loaded BBM on their devices.
The company recommends that interested users go to BBM.com from their smartphone's browser. From there, they will receive instructions on downloading the app. Upon installing the app, users will be entered into a queue before they can begin using it. Those customers that have already signed up at BBM.com will be closer to the front of the queue when the service opens.