BlackBerry Messenger will be iPhone-only at launch

By , May 17, 2013

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If you’ve been looking to enjoy BlackBerry’s upcoming Messenger app on your iPad, bad news. Blackberry’s software portfolio chief Vivek Bhardwaj tells Trusted Reviews that the app will only target the iPhone and Android smartphones, at least initially. Although he wouldn’t ruled out the possibility of an iPad edition down the road, he didn’t specifically mention it either.

That’s hardly surprising given BlackBerry’s lackluster PlayBook tablet and the firm’s general failure in the tablet space, though it’s hard to escape the feeling that BlackBerry Messenger for iPad would make sense for the business types who’ve come to depend on their Apple tablet for work…

Here’s the quote from Trusted Reviews:

At this point it is iOS and Android, and that’s iOS phones running iOS 6 and higher.

Smartphone is our real focus and again it comes back to what BBM is. If you look BBM and the engagement and the activity, it’s because it is mobile, because people are on the go.

When you start looking at tablets, computers and other screens, the usage model changes and behavior changes. For us right now the absolute focus is getting BBM onto smartphones.

He makes a good point.

Chatting on a tablet is only sensible if you have the device with you all the time. Even though the vast majority of tablet-totting business folks do carry their tablet with them, if there’s any device that’s with us all the time it’s our smartphone.

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From that point of view, BlackBerry’s focus on rolling out the Messenger app on smartphones may be a prudent decision. Moreover, we still don’t have native iPad builds of Facebook’s Messenger app and Google’s just-released Hangouts clients for iOS.

The iOS edition of BlackBerry Messenger will only work on iPhones running iOS 6 and support the following features at launch, among others:

  • The immediacy of BBM chats
  • Multi-person chats
  • Voice note sharing
  • BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more

As for competition, Google on its part hinted at an iPad build of Hangouts and the social network giant Facebook has been rumored to be working on an iPad edition of Messenger for quite some time.

With that in mind, we’re expecting these major chat services to become available on tablets later this year, and BlackBerry better follow suit sooner than later.

Do you care at all about BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone?

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  • Venura Edirisinghe

    I am carrying my iPad everywhere that i am going

    • Al

      Likewise… Not sure why the iPad gets the shaft.

      Although, Google Hangouts app for the iPad is like a blown out version of the iPhone. Just don’t understand why they don’t utilize the bigger screen size of the iPad. But that’s another topic.

      Hopefully in the future Blackberry will make a compatible iPad app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1789569670 Lucas Ronald Erwin Gantioqui

    iPhone-only?

    So that’s say that it is not available on iPod touch?

    • http://twitter.com/iPod_touch Jordan Dixon

      Perhaps you need a sim card to activate it (like the BBM account will be linked to your phone number or something)

    • http://www.facebook.com/ishaanmalhotra92 Ishaan Malhotra

      You can jailbreak and get i guess

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeroen.claassens Jeroen Claassens

        I suppose so. the package IPA Installer Console has a ‘force installation’ feature. It is as the name suggests a console package so mobile terminal is required.

      • RarestName

        Or use iTools.

  • aaaapm

    in your face android users

    • Zaidan Umar

      You didn’t read the article, did you?

      • aaaapm

        yeb ( -_-”)

      • Zaidan Umar

        Just when it was getting fun, you edited your post :(
        No matter, I still remember your post, “In your face android fans!!”.
        :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/ishaanmalhotra92 Ishaan Malhotra

      Grow up son

    • Will Trapp

      you wont be missed

  • http://twitter.com/Rich_Inniss  Rich 

    I wanted this 2 summers ago. I was waiting for it last summer as well. Now I don’t care, because all of those BB users have moved on to iPhones and Android Phones.. It’s just gonna be another fad for a bit like Kik was, and WhatsAPP, ChatON didn’t take off. People use FB messenger often, and I only use Hangout because my online classes uses them to screen share with multiple students.

    • S. Prince Lewis

      Same here. Two years ago I was all over this, I even remember there was a guy on another site who was developing his own version of bbm for iphone that I followed before it died out. Now, pretty much everyone I wanted the app to chat with have moved on to androids and iphones so there’s no point. I already have whatsapp for the non-imessage havers, and might give hangouts a try but I don’t see myself with much use for bbm anymore. Way too little, too late.

  • probably-2-late

    Should have done this BEFORE THEY RUINED their name as a company

  • pauleebe

    Too little too late, Blackberry. I’d rather use Facebook Messenger let alone iMessage. I have no friends that use Blackberry phones anymore ..

  • http://twitter.com/cosmi3_ Shahnawaz

    What’sapp FTW!!

  • Sahil

    Why are these ppl even trying.. It’s the same like when google tried to launch google+ when ppl were and are used to fb.. It’s set.. U can’t change it! Millions of ppl use whats app.. And iMessage! Introducing bbm ‘now’ is a futile attempt! Also the same with the hangouts app.. Like someone already said down in the comments.. All I use handouts for is the multiple video screens right from my phone.. And the convince.. Otherwise what’s app and iMessage are set and it’s not gonna change!

    • Bob

      lol millions of people used Myspace and now look at it. The reason why some don’t take off is not because of how many users their competitors have, it’s because they provide an alternative service and not a superior product.

  • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

    I love when the future catches up to the past.

  • Gorgonphone

    lol…….

  • dady king

    Black berry guys it’s too late… Whatsapp gone way ahead.. Can bbm catch ? I don’t think so bz there are 90% iOS & android users compare to blackberry ..

  • Nuah Okesola

    if blackberry still want to charge subscription fees every month this is an absolute fail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evilgenius101 Tristan Eminence Morris

    hangouts is universal for iOS

  • DamionThorn

    If you were smart and bought a BlackBerry, you wouldn’t care at all ;)