It seemed like a bad joke when BlackBerry announced that it would be launching BBM on iOS and Android. I didn’t think that very many people would be interested in using such a dated messaging service, but I was wrong. Very wrong.
According to the official BBM Twitter account (via 9to5Mac), over 5 million people have downloaded BBM for iOS and Android in just eight hours after its release. If that wasn’t crazy enough, BBM is now the number one free app in the App Store.
Next 5 million in line – your turn! Open up BBM and click "I got the email" to get started on #BBM right away!
— BBM (@BBM) October 22, 2013
As 9to5Mac mentions, the number of downloads could be much higher than 5 million. BlackBerry only mentions that 5 million users have activated their BBM accounts, and because of the reservation system set in place by BlackBerry, this number could be much higher.
If you’d like to give BBM try, it’s available in the App Store for free. It’s not much different than any other cross platform messaging service, but it’s definitely a pioneer in the messaging category. If you’d like to know more about BBM and its features, BlackBerry has put together a bunch of helpful video tutorials that are available on its YouTube channel. Can BBM for iOS and Android save BlackBerry?