BlackBerry Messenger to hit Android, iOS this weekend

Summary:After this weekend, users will be able to mix their Berries with their Ice Cream Sandwiches, Jellybeans, or Apples, if they so desire.

BlackBerry has quelled rumours around when BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will arrive on Android and iOS, committing to releasing it over the weekend.

Earlier in the week, Samsung Nigeria let the news leak on Twitter that BBM would be available on its devices from September 20. That appears to have been a day off, with BlackBerry today confirming that BBM will be available on Android on September 21 and iPhone on September 22.

BlackBerry also made no mention of the rumour that Samsung had secured a three-month exclusive to have BBM on its devices only. Instead, the statement from the company says that it will be available for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

Similarly, in the Apple camp, iOS 6 and 7 are the supported mobile operating systems.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry is alleged to be gearing up for staff cutbacks . It is reported that the company will eliminate up to 40 percent of its workforce by the end of the year, affecting several thousand employees.

Topics: Mobile OS, Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Google, iOS, Mobility

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