BlackBerry has announced that they’ll be releasing BBM for iOS and Android this Saturday September 21st. The much-copied mobile IM app has been a BlackBerry exclusive since it’s launch in early 2006.
BlackBerry will be making good on their BlackBerry Live promise to open up BBM to the leading two smartphone OSes. I’ve got to admit, I know more than just a few professionals who carry a secondary iOS device so they can keep up with their iMessage-centric friend.
I have no doubt this will be a nostalgic instant hit for all the ex-BlackBerry users out there. I also think that BBM’s style speaks for itself too: It’s a mobile IM turned social network that’s a big hit among BlackBerry users.