The idea was first mooted about 2 years ago about the possibility of Blackberry making its Messenger (BBM) real-time messaging service available on Apple’s iPhone and iPad and Google’s Android platforms.There was a post on Diary of a Geek from March 2011 suggesting this. This fact has however been confirmed by Blackberry and the service is billed to be rolled out by summer 2013.
From all indications, this implementation has been 2 years late in coming. Within this period, the only edge that Blackberry could have laid claim to, the messaging app, may have been eroded by the likes of Whatsapp and Wechat. With WhatsApp claiming more than 200 million active users, and WeChat around 190 million, BBM may just be a little late to the party with its paltry 60 million monthly active users with, perhaps, a big chunk from Nigeria and other developing countries.