BlackBerry's BBM may hit Android Friday, iOS on Saturday

BlackBerry's popular messaging platform is reportedly debuting on iOS and Android in the next few days.

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

BlackBerry's messenger service may finally cross the platform bridge in the next few days.

BlackBerry Messenger is reportedly set to make its debut on Android this Friday, and become available on Apple's App Store as soon as Saturday, according to BlackBerry news site CrackBerry.

It's been a bit of a wait since BlackBerry announced in May that its messenger service would be made available across different mobile operating systems. By going cross platform, BlackBerry hopes to compete against services such as WhatsApp, which boasts more than 300 million users.

A BlackBerry representative declined to comment on the rumor.

The debut would come right around when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch. The news comes following BlackBerry's own debut of its Z30, its latest smartphone with a 5-inch display .

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.


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