It was rumoured that Research In Motion (RIM), presently known as BlackBerry, would distribute its mobile messenger app, BBM, across other mobile Operating Systems, like Android and Apple.
The rumour has been confirmed, as BlackBerry released the official version of the hybrid BlackBerry Messenger on the 21st October 2013. The original release date was set for early September, but was postponed on account of an alleged technical glitch.
Despite having limited use, as it is only available for iPhone or Android devices running on IOS v.6 or v7 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), respectively, the release of the cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger app was a huge success for BlackBerry. There were over 5 million newly registered users within the first 24 hours of its release.
The much sought-after cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger is now available for download from the Apple app Store for iPhone users and Google play for Android users.