BlackBerry Messenger to be Released on Google Play and iTunes September 21st

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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.

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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.

Click here for the official BlackBerry Blog’s breakdown of what’s finally coming to smartphones everywhere.