BlackBerry Messenger User Guides Posted, iOS Launch Coming Soon?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    BlackBerry announced in May that it would bring its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) platform to iOS and after sending out beta invites to the service in early August, the company has now posted (via TechCrunch) a user guide 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.

    Leaked 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.
    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?
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Good to see RIM is still trying to pull some strings.
  3. adityashah1989 macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2008
  4. Derekuda macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2004
    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.
  5. inlinevolvo macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
    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...
  6. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    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 :(
  7. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
  8. JayCee842 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    Wow, the have some heart. They should've thrown in the towel a long time ago :)
  9. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
  10. joneill55 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    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!
  11. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    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...
  12. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
  13. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    So much useful, pertinent information at a glance!

  14. Tmelon macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    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.
  15. Diesel79 macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2013
  16. GenesisST, Aug 22, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2013

    GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    ... 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...
  17. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    It's not something exclusive to Apple fanboys…
  18. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    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.
  19. egoistaxx9 macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    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.
  20. macnisse macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    I was thinking along the same line, will try it out but will keep whatsapp too.
  21. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    too little too late.
    whatsapp and the chinese app have taken over multi-platform msj. They should have released this 2 years ago.
  22. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    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.
  23. imaginex20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    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
  24. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    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.

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