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Android, iPhone users wait in line for BBM


BlackBerry resumes messenger rollout.

October 22, 2013 5:28 by

Smartphone maker BlackBerry announced yesterday that it would resume its phased rollout of the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android and iPhone customers around the world.

The popular messaging application is now available in Google Play, Apple App Store and in select regional Samsung App Stores for free download.

The release comes after numerous delays, due to excessive demand and technical difficulties after an unreleased version of the app was posted online.

According to the Canadian company, approximately six million people have pre-registered for the application at and can immediately download, and use it.

For those that haven’t, BlackBerry has implemented a line-up system to ensure a smooth rollout – users will have to download the app, install it on their devices, enter their email address and wait in a virtual queue for their turn.

BBM for iPhone is now optimised for iOS7 as well and BBM for Android includes new features, such as the BBM chat widget, which allows people to keep up with BBM conversations without having to open the app, the company reveals.

There are a total of 60 million BBM users, who collectively send and receive more than ten billion messages every day. The majority use the app for an average of 90 minutes per day.

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