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.

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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.

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.

Top Rated Comments

robjulo Avatar
119 months ago
:eek: Just look at that Android status bar!

The information only goes there if you choose to have it there. Imagine that, a choice.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joneill55 Avatar
119 months ago
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!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ValSalva Avatar
119 months ago
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 :(
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
inlinevolvo Avatar
119 months ago
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...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
imaginex20 Avatar
119 months ago
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
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jimmy James Avatar
119 months ago
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.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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