BlackBerry confirms BBM on Android Saturday, iOS Sunday

BlackBerry's messaging service finally gets on multiple platforms.

At its annual conference in May, BlackBerry announced that BBM would go cross-platform.
At its annual conference in May, BlackBerry announced that BBM would go cross-platform. Brian Bennett/CNET

BlackBerry confirmed on Wednesday that its messenger service would come to Android and iOS this weekend.

A report had BBM coming to Android on Friday and iOS on Saturday. It turns out, it was a day off. The Android version will come on Saturday, while the iOS version hits the App Store on Sunday.

BBM was previously exclusive to BlackBerry users, and is much loved by the BlackBerry faithful. But by expanding it across platforms, BlackBerry is looking to take over the likes of WhatsApp, which has garnered more than 300 million users.

BlackBerry has attempted to rebrand BBM as more than a messaging service, positioning it as more of a social network.

It's been a busy day for BlackBerry, which introduced the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone earlier on Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal reported that it may cut up to 40 percent of its workforce by the end of the year.

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