BlackBerry has set the stage for the rollout of multi-platform BBM on iPhone and Android. Many iPhone users across the globe have begun to see BBM popup in the App Store. For those who haven’t yet, perhaps this workaround will do the trick.

BBM for Android and iPhone has the following features:

  • 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, profilepicture 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.

The multi-platform BBM has a nearly identical UI to the BlackBerry 10 version. However, the iPhone version doesn’t look to be optimized for iOS 7. Nonetheless, BlackBerry’s idea behind the matching UI was in hopes it would further familiarize users with BB10.

More features will also be built into the multi-platform BBM over time. BBM Channels, Voice and Video features are planned in future updates. Check out our quick look at BBM for iPhone and Android in the video below: