BlackBerry mulling Messenger expansion to more platforms beyond Android, iOS

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) said it is considering extending its signature Messenger chat service to other platforms beyond Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS.

"BBM will not be limited to just Android or iOS. We are open to other platforms also," BlackBerry Principal Architect Gary Klassen, the inventor of the BBM service, told The Mobile Indian at last week's BlackBerry Jam Asia event in Hong Kong. "We want more are more people to enjoy and experience BBM."

While Klassen did not disclose specifics, it is likely BlackBerry could port Messenger to Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone, which in recent months has eclipsed BlackBerry as the third bestselling smartphone OS worldwide, behind Android and iOS. Crackberry reports that BlackBerry executives also demonstrated how Messenger might operate on the Windows desktop platform during the Jam Asia conference, although the company stressed that no official product launch is currently planned.

BlackBerry first confirmed plans to port Messenger to iOS and Android in May and promised to formally roll out the apps earlier this month--but the launch remains on hold after an unreleased version of the Android app leaked online, wreaking havoc with the manufacturer's official release schedule. BlackBerry has not yet announced a new official release date.

The cross-platform BBM will enable users to interact across multiple mobile operating systems and includes core features like one-on-one and multi-person text chats, voice and video chats, voice note sharing and BlackBerry Groups, which enables as many as 30 BBM users to share calendars, photos, files and additional content. Future versions of the iOS and Android apps also will support the forthcoming BBM Channels, a social engagement platform within Messenger allowing customers to connect with businesses, brands, celebrities and groups, as well as BBM Video calling and BBM Voice calling.

More than 60 million BlackBerry device owners use the Messenger service, sending and receiving more than 10 billion messages each day.

For more:
- read this Mobile Indian article

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