BlackBerry’s BBM launches Voice and Channels on Android and iOS

BlackBerry’s BBM launches Voice and Channels on Android and iOS

Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has announced that it has made the Voice and Channel services on the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app compatible for both Android and iOS, in a move the company says will help to bring a whole new range of collaboration and telephony options to users running BBM on their Apple and Android device.

It will also allow those users to use BlackBerry's Voice VoIP service in order to communicate with others using BBM via Wi-Fi or data networks.

Meanwhile, Channels support will offer access to the firm's private social networking and collaboration service.

BBM has been available on both iOS and Android for nearly a year now, but the lack of full support on both platforms meant that its usefulness was subsequently harmed.

BlackBerry has made no secret of the fact that it is looking towards strengthening its offerings in the mobile software market as it seeks to strengthen its credentials as a company ideal for serving the needs of businesses, especially in an age where mobile working and practices such as bring-your-own device (BYOD) have rapidly become the norm.

The firm's president of global enterprise solutions, John Sims, said: "Today's announcement gives Android and iPhone customers the rich experience of BBM Voice and BBM Channels – two great ways to connect with friends, family and colleagues, to build out communities around shared interests, and to follow your favorite people and brands.

"BBM continues to quickly evolve as a social mobile platform for consumers as well as for business customers through innovative features that give you great new ways to connect and share with each other."

The update will also enable users to implement locational tracking and file sharing through Dropbox integration as well as the addition of new emoticons.

BBM 2.0 is now available to download for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.