Blackberry Messenger (BBM) will be coming to Windows Phone as early as next month. The news was confirmed by Blackberry CEO John Chen in their earnings call.
BBM was exclusive to Blackberry’s for several years and is arguably the reason why they had such a large market share before the dawn of the iPhone. It was then launched for iOS and Android late last year in a last ditch bid to resurrect the dying company over consecutive quarters of losses.
The release to iOS and Android wasn’t without it’s problems either – but the first 24 hours saw well over ten million downloads worldwide.
Blackberry earlier announced BBM would be coming to Windows Phone “sometime this summer” but the CEO has given a much more precise timeframe today.
The BBM application icon has been seen across leaked posters of the Lumia 630 which suggests it will come pre-installed on some Windows Phone devices. Blackberry are obviously going to keep the Windows Phone version of their popular messaging application more basic than the version shipped with it’s own devices.
Similar to the iOS and Android versions, BBM for Windows Phone is expected to initially launch with Chats & Emoticons, Personalization options, Stickers, BBM Groups. Further updates could bring BBM channels, Find Friends and BBM Voice.