BBM sees downloads hit 20m on Android and iOS


BBM, which launched on Android and iOS on October 21, now has 80 million monthly active users

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has been downloaded 20 million times since launching on Android and iOS last week, its creators have announced.

The platform, which allows users to message in real time and know when they have been delivered and read, as well as share photos, videos, voice notes and files up to 6MB, was until October 21 only available on BlackBerry devices.

Its roll out to Android and iOS began in earnest last week after an initial delay which BlackBerry say was due to a leaked, incomplete, version of the app making it into app stores.

It now has a total of 80 million monthly active users.

BlackBerry executive vice president of BBM Andrew Bocking said: “It is great to see so many people downloading BBM, but the true measurement for us is engagement – the connections being made and the conversations and interaction that our customers enjoy.

“From here on out, we will focus on active users of BBM and will no longer focus on simple download numbers.”