Way way back in the day of May 2013, BlackBerry promised that BBM would go multi platform this summer by landing on Android and iOS. After several weeks and months of speculation, the company announced this Wednesday that the messaging application will find its way across the spectrum of smart phones by the end of the week.

BBM for Android will go live on September 21 and BBM for iOS will be available on September 22.

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For the unversed on what BBM is and has to offer, here’s a quick rundown.

  • BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
  • More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
  • Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
  • Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
  • Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.

To go along with the announcement, BlackBerry also created BBM.com and a new Twitter account, @BBM.