The Blackberry Messenger or BBM app is going out on its own as a standalone mobile app.
The BBM app was developed by Blackberry manufacturer with the same name formerly as Research in Motion or RIM. The standalone feature means that the PIN will be removed to allow the app to support both Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher and iOS6. Transforming the app into a multi-platform mobile service is designed to broaden the membership base of the BBM community. The messenger is unique for its “D” and “R” statuses in chats while ensuring privacy and high level of control in terms of manipulating and communicating with contacts.
Previously, BBM allows messaging between Blackberry users via a PIN system which makes communication possible between Blackberry devices. Messages are sent over the Internet via a wireless LAN or WiFi. In addition to text-based messages the messenger can also send voicenotes, files, pictures, and even videocalls while chat groups can also be enabled to allow communication in a single session.
Users of Android or iOS devices will be able to add their contacts to the messenger by way of email, QR code scan, SMS or PIN but Android users need to have a NFC-capable unit that is also compatible. Statistics shows that there are 60 million active BBM users and the average use is 90 minutes per day for 51 million users with more than 10 billion message sent and received on a daily basis. The BBM plan still needs the approval of Google and Apple which will make the app available for free in Google Play and Apple App stores.