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MacRumors
Aug 22, 2013, 12:23 PM
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BlackBerry announced (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/14/blackberry-messenger-coming-to-ios-this-summer/) in May that it would bring its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) platform to iOS and after sending out beta invites (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/01/blackberry-messenger-beta-starts-rolling-out-for-ios-and-android-devices/) to the service in early August, the company has now posted (via TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/22/blackberry-posts-user-guides-for-ios-android-versions-of-bbm-ahead-of-launch/)) a user guide (http://global.blackberry.com/content/dam/blackBerry/campaigns/bbm/user-guides/BBM_for_iOS-1.0_User_Guide-Beta.pdf) that suggests the app's launch may be imminent.

BBM, which functions similarly to Apple's iMessage, was one of the first proprietary mobile messaging services and remains popular to this day with more than 60 million monthly active users.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/bbm_android.jpgLeaked screenshot of the Android version of BBM
The BBM user guide details how the service works, the available features, and how to create an account. It also offers a rundown on icons and a troubleshooting section.With BBM, you can chat and share in real-time with your BBM contacts and groups. For example, you can share pictures, see when someone has read your message or is typing a reply, and update your BBM status or picture. Share your news with multiple people using multiperson chats and group chats.

With BBM Groups, you can plan events, track to-do lists, share pictures, and chat with up to 30 people at the same time without needing to add them all as BBM contacts.According to the user guide, the app will support profiles, barcode invites, multi-media chats, emoticons, and group chats. Like other messaging apps, it will function over both Wi-Fi and cellular connections.

While BlackBerry originally targeted a summer release for the app, the company has yet to narrow down its projected release timeline. With the debut of the beta earlier this month and the subsequent guide, it appears that the app is ready to launch.

Article Link: BlackBerry Messenger User Guides Posted, iOS Launch Coming Soon? (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/22/blackberry-messenger-user-guides-posted-ios-launch-coming-soon/)



jav6454
Aug 22, 2013, 12:24 PM
Good to see RIM is still trying to pull some strings.

adityashah1989
Aug 22, 2013, 12:27 PM
Great! Can't wait!

Derekuda
Aug 22, 2013, 12:29 PM
As the very first cross-platform messaging service that people actually know of and trust (whats-app does not count), this could actually have the potential to take down traditional SMS if everyone on every platform downloads it.

inlinevolvo
Aug 22, 2013, 12:35 PM
Still hard to believe this once behemoth of a company is now on its way out within what seemed like minutes of the iphone coming out...

ValSalva
Aug 22, 2013, 12:37 PM
Good to see RIM is still trying to pull some strings.

Technically it's no longer "RIM". Pretty soon it may be R.I.P. BlackBerry is dying. This is almost certainly too little too late :(

pnoyblazed
Aug 22, 2013, 12:37 PM
messaging like it's 2008 all over again

JayCee842
Aug 22, 2013, 12:38 PM
Wow, the have some heart. They should've thrown in the towel a long time ago :)

Tankmaze
Aug 22, 2013, 12:40 PM
quite anxious to try this.

release the bbm!

joneill55
Aug 22, 2013, 12:40 PM
Only 5 years too late!!

The once mighty BB ship has sailed and they will soon be among the many casualties along the information highway!

rdlink
Aug 22, 2013, 12:41 PM
Still hard to believe this once behemoth of a company is now on its way out within what seemed like minutes of the iphone coming out...

That's because their killer feature was push email, and they always kind of sucked at personal information management and user interface. Once push email became available on platforms and interfaces that were much better designed their fate was sealed.

On a side note, it's ironic that the two most marketable products that Blackberry has, mobile device management and messaging may well outlive the actual Blackberry product...

SJism23
Aug 22, 2013, 12:45 PM
:eek: Just look at that Android status bar!

gatearray
Aug 22, 2013, 12:47 PM
:eek: Just look at that Android status bar!

So much useful, pertinent information at a glance!

/s

Tmelon
Aug 22, 2013, 12:49 PM
Useless to me. Everyone I knew who had BlackBerrys jumped ship 3 years ago. Releasing BBM cross platform seems more like an incentive for businesses who still rely on BBM to replace their BlackBerrys with iOS or Androids. If BlackBerry thinks this is going to reel in more customers to their BB10 platform they're in for a rude awakening.

mytakeontech
Aug 22, 2013, 12:57 PM
I can wait!!

Diesel79
Aug 22, 2013, 12:58 PM
Looking forward to trying this.

GenesisST
Aug 22, 2013, 12:58 PM
Wow, the have some heart. They should've thrown in the towel a long time ago :)

... and what if Apple had thought this way in 1997-ish?

I can't they try? What the **** is wrong with that?

I love my Mac, iPhone and iPad, but really the any fanboy culture has me puzzled...

SJism23
Aug 22, 2013, 01:01 PM
... and what if Apple had thought this way in 1997-ish?

I can't they try? What the **** is wrong with that?

I love my Mac, iPhone and iPad, but really the Apple culture has me puzzled...

It's not something exclusive to Apple fanboys…

nikicampos
Aug 22, 2013, 01:02 PM
It's never too late, I loved BBM on my Blackberry, can't wait for it and as soon it comes out I will delete Whatsapp.

egoistaxx9
Aug 22, 2013, 01:23 PM
the bad thing is that i dont have a single friend who uses BBM, so i'm not really excited for this. imessage is the best messaging app ever created.

macnisse
Aug 22, 2013, 01:32 PM
It's never too late, I loved BBM on my Blackberry, can't wait for it and as soon it comes out I will delete Whatsapp.

I was thinking along the same line, will try it out but will keep whatsapp too.

Carlanga
Aug 22, 2013, 01:39 PM
too little too late.
whatsapp and the chinese app have taken over multi-platform msj. They should have released this 2 years ago.

Jimmy James
Aug 22, 2013, 01:39 PM
A few years ago this would have been a big deal and they would have cornered the market.

Still, I hope they do well with it.

imaginex20
Aug 22, 2013, 01:58 PM
The problem was that RIM/BBRY tied their messaging system to their PIN which was basically like an IMEI for messaging. They couldn't even figure out how to share email access across blackberry phones and tablets because they had different PINs. You literally had to tether a blackberry phone with a blackberry tablet to have access to email. How stupid is that?

So to get Blackberry Messenger to work on other devices required some serious work on their backend. SMH @ BBRY

nikicampos
Aug 22, 2013, 02:02 PM
I was thinking along the same line, will try it out but will keep whatsapp too.

The thing is, I can't stand "online" and "last seen at..." on Whatsapp, seems to me that it's an invasion to my privacy, specially when you open WA 1 or 2 a.m. Why the hell can people know if I'm awake for simply open Whatsapp.

The worst thing is that for me there's no other alternative for now.

robjulo
Aug 22, 2013, 02:17 PM
:eek: Just look at that Android status bar!

The information only goes there if you choose to have it there. Imagine that, a choice.

cmichaelb
Aug 22, 2013, 02:35 PM
It s a good move, for 3 years ago.

I wonder if the tech co's will join up again to buy up BB's patent portfolio and spare themselves the whole litigation process.

GenesisST
Aug 22, 2013, 02:59 PM
It's not something exclusive to Apple fanboys…

I corrected to "any fanboy"...

SJism23
Aug 22, 2013, 03:13 PM
The information only goes there if you choose to have it there. Imagine that, a choice.

I never said anything against it. Just made a comment at how full it was. That's my choice, isn't it?

derek4484
Aug 22, 2013, 03:41 PM
As the very first cross-platform messaging service that people actually know of and trust (whats-app does not count), this could actually have the potential to take down traditional SMS if everyone on every platform downloads it.

First cross platform? How about facebook messenger? How about Google Hangout? How about Yahoo messenger? How about Skype? They're all cross-platform messaging services. This BBM wont even cause a blip in the world of cross-platform messengers. I use iMessage for all my iphone friends (over 50% of my contacts) and use facebook chat or Google Hangouts for the others.

olowott
Aug 22, 2013, 03:58 PM
just like that, the company is going down real fast.


if this is done, the effect is still either gonna be really bad or just good.

jonnysods
Aug 22, 2013, 04:51 PM
Pumped, and will totally be using this.

bigjnyc
Aug 22, 2013, 05:09 PM
I wonder if iOS users will get a pin number or if it will handled with an email address.

roadbloc
Aug 22, 2013, 05:14 PM
Been looking forward to this to be honest. A lot of people I know still use BBM.

tann
Aug 22, 2013, 05:35 PM
The thing is, I can't stand "online" and "last seen at..." on Whatsapp, seems to me that it's an invasion to my privacy, specially when you open WA 1 or 2 a.m. Why the hell can people know if I'm awake for simply open Whatsapp.

The worst thing is that for me there's no other alternative for now.

Just turn off the last online for you.

slu
Aug 22, 2013, 08:09 PM
What I want is iMessage, but cross platform. Where app to app messages are sent via data and people without the app can send regular SMS/MMS that I can also receive in the app.

If that is BBM, then great.

ironman159
Aug 22, 2013, 09:06 PM
The thing is, I can't stand "online" and "last seen at..." on Whatsapp, seems to me that it's an invasion to my privacy, specially when you open WA 1 or 2 a.m. Why the hell can people know if I'm awake for simply open Whatsapp.

The worst thing is that for me there's no other alternative for now.

You've been able to turn off the "Last seen..." timestamp long ago in WhatsApp.

Tamagotchi
Aug 22, 2013, 10:37 PM
The thing is, I can't stand "online" and "last seen at..." on Whatsapp, seems to me that it's an invasion to my privacy, specially when you open WA 1 or 2 a.m. Why the hell can people know if I'm awake for simply open Whatsapp.

The worst thing is that for me there's no other alternative for now.

Why don't you just turn it off? There's an option for that. People will not see when you were last online, but you will not see when they were last online either....... I mean, you did know the option exists, right?

fabian9
Aug 23, 2013, 12:56 AM
If an app needs a "user guide", it has already failed.

macs4nw
Aug 23, 2013, 02:09 AM
Power to them, but I feel they're just dying a slow, agonizing death. The other day, they announced another couple-of-hundred lay-offs.

Is the writing on the wall, for this once dominant enterprise phone manufacturer?

ValSalva
Aug 23, 2013, 04:29 AM
Power to them, but I feel they're just dying a slow, agonizing death. The other day, they announced another couple-of-hundred lay-offs.

Is the writing on the wall, for this once dominant enterprise phone manufacturer?

I think the writing has been on the wall for BlackBerry/RIM for the past couple of years. This is part of their denial and slow death spiral.

adder7712
Aug 23, 2013, 05:01 AM
Seems like BB is sealing its own fate. Many companies are moving away from BlackBerries and are now issuing primarily iPhones.

Sabenth
Aug 23, 2013, 05:53 AM
is it too little too late hard to say but its another choice a lot of iphone users i know only use imessage because its just like texting and its simple the down side is that it dose not always work as it should do ... Will bbm take off and release me from whatsapp doubtful

Supa_Fly
Aug 23, 2013, 07:57 AM
Wow, the have some heart. They should've thrown in the towel a long time ago :)

Yeah .. they did make a serious last effort push for broke! I'm not sure any other company would've gone as far when the bricks are being thrown from every last possible direction.

(seem my point below).

Technically it's no longer "RIM". Pretty soon it may be R.I.P. BlackBerry is dying. This is almost certainly too little too late :(

Still is the best - features wise of any messaging platform; can't wait for videochat+screensharing to debut late this year (if they don't keep chopping heads and burning through any of their reserve cash flow).

bollyboy
Aug 23, 2013, 08:39 AM
I wonder if iOS users will get a pin number or if it will handled with an email address.

The user guide seems to have vanished from Crackberry but when i read it yesterday Pin number was an option along with Phone No, Email ,etc

Leet Apple
Aug 23, 2013, 11:36 AM
"While BlackBerry originally targeted a summer release for the app, the company has yet to narrow down its projected release timeline. With the debut of the beta earlier this month and the subsequent guide, it appears that the app is ready to launch."


Hopefully before the end of september

bigjnyc
Aug 23, 2013, 11:54 AM
The user guide seems to have vanished from Crackberry but when i read it yesterday Pin number was an option along with Phone No, Email ,etc

cool, thanks for the info by the time I clicked on the link it was gone.

bollyboy
Aug 26, 2013, 08:26 AM
cool, thanks for the info by the time I clicked on the link it was gone.

Hi , it's here should you still wish to look.

http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/bbm_for_ios-1-0_user_guide-beta.pdf

bollyboy
Sep 9, 2013, 03:00 AM
cool, thanks for the info by the time I clicked on the link it was gone.

It seems there is a change of plan with BBM ID for iPhone, it's been confirmed to be BBID-based and not Pin-based.

Article below.

http://thedroidguy.com/2013/09/bbm-android-ios-gets-demoed-toronto-international-film-festival/

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Sep 9, 2013, 11:51 PM
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Enmanuel
Sep 18, 2013, 09:33 AM
Any news on this?