According to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, the iOS and Android versions of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) are on track to be launched “before the end of the summer.”
The Android and iOS apps for BBM were announced at the BlackBerry Live conference in Florida during May, but a launch date was not confirmed until a quarterly results call on Friday (28 June 2013).
Heins re-iterated that Android and iOS would only receive the “core BBM experience”, while BlackBerry 10 would remain the premier platform for the messaging service.
The first version of the new apps is said to include multi-person chats, voice note sharing, and BlackBerry groups.
“Feature parity” between BBM on BlackBerry 10 and multi-platform BBM will be coming later, Heins said, with BBM Voice, Video, Screen Share, and Channels eventually making their way to the Android and iOS apps.