BlackBerry Accidentally Publishes User Guides for BBM iOS and Android Versions

BlackBerry Accidentally Publishes User Guides for BBM iOS and Android VersionsThere is no stopping BlackBerry from launching its BBM service for iOS and Android devices this summer. The company has accidentally posted user guides for the upcoming mobile messaging apps on its Website. Those guides clearly explain how BBM would function in iOS and Android devices. The information includes starters’ guidelines and description of feature sets.

The details outlined on the two versions of BBM guide are certainly familiar to previous BBM users. The apps for iOS and Android users would facilitate real-time communication between groups and contacts. Both would also enable sharing of photographs and messages, which include multi-person chats, broadcast messages, and group chats. BBM Groups would facilitate simultaneous communication among up to 30 users.

The versions of BBM for iOS and Android devices would work over cellular and Wi-Fi. For travelers, finding a hotspot would enable using the service to help avoid costly data charges. In general, the apps would function just like a typical BBM for BlackBerry devices and just like most other messaging apps.

Launch of BBM for other devices

Every user would be assigned his own BBM PIN that could be accessed through tapping ‘Show Barcode.’ He could also put his own profile to choose a picture, user name, and status to display for his contacts to see. There would be access to various emoji and emoticons, although the user guides did not include screenshots of the images to be used.

BlackBerry has already announced plans to launch BBM service as apps for iOS and Android. During the BlackBerry Live conference held last May, the company set a target launch sometime this summer. Earlier this month, BlackBerry started sending out beta versions of the apps to selected users.

The launch of BBM as an app for both iOS and Android could be considered as a major strategy for the struggling company. Since its launch, the service has always been excusive to BlackBerry device users. However, BlackBerry admitted that only group and messaging features would be available in the two new versions. It would eventually roll out other distinct features of the service like BBM voice, screen sharing, and access to more BBM channels.

The move could be exciting to previous BBM users who are now using other devices. That would mean resuming usage of the service they once liked. However, to some observers, the timing could be critical for BBM as it would compete against many other mobile messaging apps in the saturated market. Other popular apps are competing to get bigger market share like Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp, MessageMe, and Line, among others.

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