While people may not be interested in BlackBerry handsets, there is one product release a lot of folks seem to be looking forward to: BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android. The company confirmed earlier this year that the apps are in the works.

CEO Thorsten Heins has since said that the cross-platform Messenger software will be out before the end of the summer, which is rapidly approaching. But we must be getting close to launch, because BlackBerry just posted user guides for the two apps…

The user guide, first spotted by TechCrunch, details how the service works, its available features, and explains how to create an account. It also offers an overview on icons and troubleshooting. It’s pretty standard stuff, but it’ll be useful to newcomers.

“With BBM, you can chat and share in real-time with your BBM contacts and groups. For example, you can share pictures, see when someone has read your message or is typing a reply, and update your BBM status or picture. Share your news with multiple people using multiperson chats and group chats.

With BBM Groups, you can plan events, track to-do lists, share pictures, and chat with up to 30 people at the same time without needing to add them all as BBM contacts.”

BlackBerry Messenger launched back in 2005 as one of the first platform-specific messaging services. And, despite the company’s continued struggles, it still remains extremely popular with over 60 million active users detected using the app monthly.

There’s no word on when exactly we’ll see BBM hit iOS and Android, but given the fact that BlackBerry started beta-testing the app earlier this month, we imagine it can’t be too far off.

  • Dream

    Oh how times changed. How fickle the minds of we humans. To think Blackberry is on the verge when not to long ago I used to get annoyed at how every dick and Harry was shoving their blackberry in my face. Reminds me of MySpace. It’s funny in a sad way how something can go from the top to the bottom so quickly.

  • JulianZHuang

    Same as facebook msg and whatsapp….. You can see the other side typing and seen.

  • therealjjohnson

    I wanted to say something witty…but i got nothing. I do not know anyone with a blackberry.

  • n0ahcruz3

    DOA much?

  • Martin 

    It’s not a bad idea. I would love to see iMessage on other platforms like android or windows phone… I would like to have it also on my work windows laptop.

    • Guest

      iMessage is very specific though, to iOS. BBM was an App and not built into the BlackBerry OS. That’s the difference where Apple wouldn’t and won’t do what they’re doing.

    • chumawumba

      That would completely obliterate SMS. Apple does not want it’s carrier partners to lose money.

  • pauleebe

    About five years too late.

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  • n0ahcruz3

    Pretty much the only thing saving BBRY right now and security which is a non factor to regular joes and janes. BBs app store is abysmal, 50% of the apps belongs to one developer.

  • aRandomTom

    In Britain, especially among young people, like me, BlackBerrys are bought solely for the use of BBM, so with the introduction of BBM on iOS etc, I feel as though BlackBerry will lose a heck of a lot of sales.

  • Prasoon Singh

    BlackBerry still exist?

  • seyss

    BB is dead and buried

  • dinozilla

    My BB friend already switched to Android…
    now who i wanna BBM with if they got an app?

  • Gus Me

    I would never have imagined 60 million active users of anything BlackBerry..

  • Wamid

    The WhatBerry Messenger??!

  • Wamid

    And about the “user guide”
    The “You Don’t Say” Nick Cage meme comes to mind

  • Amad

    bb wow thats a while back now they are bring bbm to ios they need to sack their CEO guy is a dick. Its never a good idea to come to the party this late.

  • Jet another Messenger. Who realy cares of this since it isn’t that secure as they say. Remeber India? The government forced BB to open a door for survilence).

  • adamhuxtable

    A little late to the party one thinks….

  •  Rich 

    Everyone can talk as much crap as they want about BBM. Saying WhatsAPP and KiK and FB Messenger is better. All of those messengers stem from BBM. BBM Had a better UI than those other Messenger apps. People still use BBM, some people won’t let go of their BBs. Now they can use BBM with other people, and i’m sure the App will take off just as well on other platforms. I don’t understand how people can talk an App down, or compare it to an app that is already out, without even using it yet. Unless you had beta access, which i’m sure most of you did not have, than you really can’t say anything.

  • laszlo gaspar

    They could save themselves if they just made it a paid for app with a subscription fee. Instead they go and shoot themselves in the foot, speeding up there inevitable death.