After being teased for well over three months, the popular messaging application BBM is now available globally for download on your iPhones. The app started rolling out the moment the clock stuck 12:01 in several countries and naturally being on the east most side, New Zealand and Australia were the first countries to pick the application while the US was the last, pretty obvious if you know your geography well.
Making BBM available for Android and iOS is being seen as the last major move by BlackBerry after it totally failed to generate the sort of traction it had hoped with OS 10 and some of its new devices such as Q10 and Z10. The application is terrific, and still perhaps very attractive to those who value clean UI and very secure way of communicating. The app brings plenty of features from the native apps on a resident Blackberry device. More features are slated to be added such as video calling and channels. Here are all the features of the app described in great details by BB:
• Immediately know when your messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s)
• Know when contacts are responding to your message
• Say it with a variety of emoticons for every mood and emotion.
Chat and Share with many at once:
• Groups – Create or join a group and chat, share pictures lists, and appointments with the whole group. You can even be in a group with people who aren’t part of your BBM contact list.
• Multi-chat – Invite multiple contacts to participate in a chat together.
• Broadcast – Send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.
There’s more to share with BBM:
• Share voice notes
• Share photos
• Share URLs
Personalize your Profile and keep it fresh:
• Choose a different profile picture and update your personal status whenever you want, in an instant – so your profile will always reflect the way that you feel.
• Profile pictures (avatars) can be updated using images, pictures or even animated pictures (GIFs).
Stay in control:
• With 2-way opt-in, you have control over who messages you.
• Invites via PIN/QR mean that there is no need to share e-mail or phone number if you prefer not to, which provides control over how you are contacted.
Coming Soon: BBM Channels, BBM Voice & BBM Video.”
You can download the application from here for free.
Edit: It looks like Blackberry have pulled the app for now given the high number of ake apps floating, they promise the app would be available shortly.