BlackBerry Messenger which was previously only available for BlackBerry phones is now made available for Android and iOS. The BBM app that is meant for all the latest Android phones and iPhone 5 and 4S and other iDevices will be available for the users for download by the end of summer.
As expected the BBM app will offer fast paced instant messaging and in the near future even features like BBM Voice and Video will be made available. BlackBerry can use the app to generate good revenue from former BlackBerry users who have turned to Android or iPhone. Analysts are of the view that the availability of the BBM app for Android and iOS will not only generate good money but can also turn the BBM app into the next Skype.
Some analysts even feel that BBM for Android and iOS will rake in huge profits, higher than what could come from BlackBerry 10. Money can not only come in the form of monthly payments but also BlackBerry will introduce new services on Android and iPhone. Also, it will show up ads in order to support its free services. So, BlackBer Messenger would continue to remain free service but it will generate revenue through value added services like voice and video calling.
Very recently, BlackBerry launched their third BlackBerry 10 phone – the BlackBerry Q5. It is a QWERTY phone like the BlackBerry Q10. The phone was launched in India. Along with the launch of the phone, BlackBerry also announced BlackBerry Messenger Voice will now be available for all users.
The version BBM 7 which comes with BBM Voice can be used devices that run on BlackBerry 5 or higher. The beta version of the app was launched in launched in December 2012. BBM Voice allows BlackBerry users to make free calls to other BBM users across the globe over Wi-Fi.
With the new BBM 7 with BBM Voice users will be able to start a call through BBM voice directly and can switch to chatting through BBM instantly. It comes with a split-screen feature through which customers can talk as well as text simultaneously. For example, a user can send a pic while he is talking with someone.
BBM also shows a visual notification through which you can understand when contacts are ready for receiving voice call. Whatever accessory you are using with your BlackBerry phone, you will not face any compatibility issue with BBM Voice.
If the time is not ideal to talk with someone, you can simply reply to incoming call by sending a text message without receiving a call. You will be able to link to your BBM profile and contacts to BB ID. The BBM app will remain to be free service. BBM Voice will only work over Wi-Fi and at present it does not support connections over mobile data. So, if you have got BlackBerry with OS 5.0 and above, you can switch to the latest 188.8.131.52 version through the App World.