by Brent Dirks
June 6, 2013
BlackBerry has quickly shot down claims that its Messenger app will be arriving in the App Store on June 27. The fury started earlier today with a now deleted tweet from T-Mobile UK which stated “Great news – BlackBerry Messenger will be available to download on iOS and Android from June 27th!” But speaking with The Next Web, the company refuted the information:
“On 14 May, BlackBerry announced plans to make its ground-breaking mobile social network, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), available to iOS and Android users this summer, subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play. While there have been reports that BBM will be available to iOS and Android on June 27, this is not accurate,” a BlackBerry spokesman said. “We will communicate an update as soon as we have an availability date to share.”First officially announced in mid-May, the app will be free when it finally does arrive. It is expected to offer a number of features, including one-on-one and multi-person chats, voice note sharing, and group file sharing. While there are numerous other apps in the store that provide the same functionality, BlackBerry is hoping that it can expand its base of more than 51 million users that take advantage of its service.