Barcelona: BlackBerry will release its popular messenger service BBM for Windows Phone smartphones in July-September this year.
"BBM will be available as a free download from the Windows Phone Store this summer. BBM for Nokia X will be available from the Nokia Store when the Nokia X platform launches," BlackBerry said in a statement today.
When asked about the specific timing of the launch, the Canadian smartphone maker said it will be introduced in July-September (the US summer).
BlackBerry in October last year launched BBM for rival Android- and iOS-based handsets and the app since then has been downloaded on over 40 million such smartphones. In total, BBM base stood at 100 million as of November 30, 2013.
Nokia and BlackBerry today announced a partnership under which BBM will be available for upcoming Nokia X range phones, built on Android platform, from the day the handsets hit the market.
Faced with stiff competition from iOS and Andriod-based phones, BlackBerry is placing big bets on apps, including taking its popular messaging service BBM to other operating systems, to rake in additional revenue.