Five months after it was initially announced, and after an unplanned delay due
to unexpected demand, _BlackBerry Messenger_ is finally launching on iOS. The
app, which is similar to Apple’s own iMessage, was first announced back in
May. It should launch on the App Store later today.
Back in September, the BBM for Android and iOS apps were delayed after an
unreleased version of BBM was leaked that "caused issues" with the BBM
To avoid similar issues with strong demand this time around, BlackBerry is
using a staggered queue system to handle the demand. Users will install the
app, enter their email address to hold their spot in line, and then will
receive an email when they can start using BBM.
According to BlackBerry, there are still more than 60 million BBM users
worldwide exchanging more than 10 billion messages per day. Though the BBM
platform remains popular, it will need to compete with several other messaging
services on iOS and Android, including _WhatsApp_ and _WeChat_. _WhatsApp_
alone has more than 300 million active users, sending 27 billion messages
_BlackBerry Messenger_ offers basic text chats, multi-person group chats,
voice messaging (via push-to-talk), and image sharing. Contacts ...