BlackBerry announced on Tuesday that BBM messaging is coming to Android and Apple iOS. This is surprising considering that many BlackBerry was able to retain a lot of their users by keeping BBM exclusive to their own devices. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that they decided to bring BBM to BlackBerry because they have confidence in their products. BBM’s text and group messaging services will be available as a standalone app. Video calling should be added to the app soon also.
Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Messenger service will have a new voice chat feature. BBM Voice allows you to make voice calls to other BBM users for free through a wireless Internet connection. BBM Voice lets users talk and text at the same time and voice chat without texting. A voice chat can also be initiated without the need to text first.
The UK Parliament is currently on summer recess, but not for long; Prime Minister David Cameron ended his vacation early and is calling the Parliament back, to return to Downing Street and do damage control after a week of rioting across the country. The Next Web reports that Home Secretary Theresa May will meet with representatives from Facebook, Twitter and RIM to discuss how social networking services are obligated to react in situations like the recent rioting. RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger was identified early in the riots as a tool used to incite and spread word of the criminal activity. Facebook and Twitter also played contributing roles to the mayhem, though Twitter was more crucial to the clean up effort.