Had BlackBerry’s cross-platform BBM launch gone as originally planned, we’d all be BBM-ing each other on Android and iOS by now. Of course, that didn’t happen, and so we’re not. But the Canadian company is still working hard to deliver BBM to its rivals.
Earlier this week BlackBerry promised that it was “100% committed to bringing BBM to Android and iPhone,” and it just resumed beta testing on Android with a brand new release.
“According to some of the emails we’ve received, the latest beta has some changes in place from previous versions aside from the normal bug fixes,” reports CrackBerry’s Adam Zeis. “ A new welcome screen explaining the app notifications is now present, the persistent notification running in the status bar can now optionally be disabled and finally, the UI as a whole has received some more polish.”
BlackBerry still hasn’t provided us with a new launch date for BBM’s cross-platform rollout, but at least we know that the company is still working to develop the app. There were concerns that a possible buyout may scupper those plans, but as things stand, that’s not the case.
For now, then, we’ll have to continue the wait for BBM for Android and iOS. As soon as we have any news from BlackBerry, we’ll be sure to update you.